The Duncan Download Blog: Business Aviation Advice & Observations

The Duncan Debrief...Always Worth The Read

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Fri, May 02, 2014 @ 09:28 AM

Duncan Debrief circa 1999

The first issues of the Duncan Debrief were produced in a tabloid format with a distribution of 10,000.

In April of 1993, the premiere issue of the Duncan Debrief was published. Inside J. Robert Duncan, Duncan Aviation’s CEO at the time, described the quarterly tabloid magazine as “one of those rare newsletters that is to the point, packed full of useful information and always worth reading."

The Debrief’s mission was to deliver advice and guidance on the operation and care of a business aircraft through short articles written by the aviation experts at Duncan Aviation. It featured articles about our growing capabilities, team members and Core Values.

This year the Duncan Debrief turns 21. It doesn’t look anything like the early editions, but one thing has never changed...its mission. The Debrief continues to deliver relevant information with feature stories about cutting-edge innovation, customer relationships and testimonies.

It remains our flagship publication and one of the most-trusted and best-read business aviation publications available. We've been told by many Directors of Maintenance that it is required reading in their flight departments.

And it is still written and designed in-house by Duncan Aviation’s aviation experts.

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Duncan Debrief circa 2014

The Duncan Debrief is now a four-color magazine with a distribution of 18,000. It is available in print, online and on the iPad.

The Duncan Debrief is a free. You can subscribe to receive a printed copy of the magazine or access the current and past editions online at

Or if you are truly on-the-go, the Duncan Debrief is available on Apple’s Newsstand for the iPad.

To install the Newsstand edition, search for the Duncan Debrief in Apple’s App Store and download by clicking the “free” button. The app will then be placed in the Newsstand shelves. Once downloaded, readers can receive push notifications each time a new Debrief magazine is published.

In April of this year, we published the 51st edition of the Duncan Debrief. Inside Todd Duncan, Duncan Aviation’s Chairman, reflects on his aviation career and the changes he’s seen throughout the industry.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the Duncan Debrief. It is still one of the only aviation industry publications that tells it like it is with information you can use.

And always worth the read.

Tags: Social Media, Announcements, Careers & Recruiting

We’ve got some catching up to do …

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 @ 11:08 AM


I recently read a blog post that said that our industry isn’t particularly good at social media. According to the writer, members of our aviation tribe like tangible results and immediate answers. We embrace technology with proven value. As a result, we are lagging a bit behind the rest of the world in adopting tools like Twitter, Facebook and blogs.

I agree that we lean toward being cautious, that Twitter makes a pretty bad first impression and that many just don’t “get it.” But that is changing. Every week I add at least a dozen new people to my aviation industry network on Twitter. Every day I hear from this network about what is new, interesting and worth talking about.

What about tangible results? What would you pay to forge new relationships with industry journalists, to gain a deeper understanding of what is important to people in aviation, to access a wide network of trusted professionals, or to participate in an active discussion of new ideas on how to promote our business?

The good news is that it doesn’t cost anything, other than the time you invest.

Yes, it does take time, but not as much as you might think. In my book, it is time very well spent. 

Tags: Social Media

NATA Forum at Duncan Aviation

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 @ 02:11 PM

On March 31, 2010, National Air Transportation Association President James Coyne addressed an audience of pilots, FAA, Airport Authority, Duncan Aviation employees and in-house customers in an open forum hosted by Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, Nebraska.

He discussed important issues facing the industry including the necessity of a strong partnership with the Federal Government, the effects of the recession and a robust recovery in 2011.

Mr. Coyne went on to field questions from the audience about TSA beauracy, LASP, user fees, fuel taxes and the fiscal issues facing the United States.

This is part one of a seven part video series. All segments can be view on the Duncan Aviation YouTube Channel.

Tags: Social Media, Videos

Why is Duncan Aviation creating a blog?

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Wed, Apr 07, 2010 @ 10:29 AM

If you read our other publications, or have experienced our teams in action,
then you probably already know why Duncan Aviation would start a blog. Our
hangars and shops are overflowing with technical information residing in some
of the best aviation brains working today. And we want to share it. With everyone.

This expert knowledge comes from years of experience and the sheer volume of aircraft that we touch on a daily basis. In fact, every year, Duncan Aviation technicians work on thousands of aircraft from all over the world. Sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it? But with two full-service aircraft maintenance facilities that each have up to 60 aircraft in work every day, 23 satellite avionics shops working avionics line and installation projects, seven Rapid Response engine teams that help operators in their hangars or out stuck in the field and a large send-in avionics, instrument and accessory repair facility, we literally support thousands of business aviators. Every day, our team members talk to hundreds of aviation professionals. So who better to update you about the latest technical information and aviation activity from around the world?

This blog will occasionally be technical, but not always. We hope to provide a unique perspective on many facets of our industry–including reports from our satellite shops, aircraft sales market updates, the latest information from our parts, avionics, instruments and accessories group, reports from the road written by our regional representatives and industry updates from Todd Duncan. We also plan to have a guest blogger several times each year.

Meet a few of our bloggers here.

You can subscribe and receive an e-mail each time a new article is posted. Your comments, suggestions and candid feedback are expected and always appreciated. Tell us what you like, what you don’t like or give us a tip on something you’d like to know more about. You can see more of our publications here.

We look forward to interacting with you in a new way.

Tags: Social Media


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