Meet Dan, an Air-Taxi Pilot

Posted by Jess Burns on November 23, 2016
Many people want to know who their pilot is, especially if they are flying with them from point A to point B on a weekly basis. At IMAGINEAIR we're proud of our pilots and we think it's essential for people to get to know them. They are the reason people choose to fly with us everyday. If you travel in the Northeast then you'll probably get the chance to fly with one of our all-star pilots, Dan. 
Meet one of our NE based pilots, Dan Laurie!
Dan (the man) grew up in West Virginia and went to West Virginia University. After School he moved to California and lived there for 20 years before he moved to Pennsylvania in 1999.
Dan and his wife, Kathleen, have two college age daughters named Kaelin and Natalie. Together,  Dan and his family are adventurers and in their spare time they can be found trekking through the wilderness!

Dan has been flying for 28 years and learned to fly in California at Palo Alto Airport of Santa Clara County (KPAO). He also owns a Cessna 172 which he used to instruct in. 
Dan is a Gold Seal Flight Instructor which is a certification that allows the FAA to recognize the best flight instructors in the industry. To obtain a Gold Seal Certification you must have a ground instructor certificate and within the last 24 months have a pass/fail rate of 80% or above. 
His non-flying career was spent in Distribution and Logistics as a VP/GM of Operations where he worked all over the country.  
Dan decided to change careers and left the corporate world for good in 2012 and started flying full-time.  
Dan was also a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight. Angel Flight is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the community by facilitating air transportation for children and adults, with medical conditions, who need to get treatment far from home. Volunteer pilots use their own aircraft and cover the entire cost of the flights with no costs to the patients.

When asked what his favorite part of flying was, he responded "I don’t think there is one best part about it.  I love the challenge of a strong crosswind landing or shooting an approach to minimums, the challenge and thrill of aerobatics, the freedom and perspective of looking down on everything, and the places you can go." 

Dan also said he enjoyed flying for IMAGINEAIR as an Air Taxi Pilot because "of the freedom to choose my own schedule, the people I get to work with, the really cool places we fly to, the ability to put a smile on people’s faces with a great flight, and I love the Cirrus.  I have worked for several companies over the years and I know good people when I see them.   We really do have great people!"
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When Dan isn't flying the Cirrus SR22 he is making some of the best bagels in the country! He owns Newtown Bagel Company located in Newtown, PA.  
"We have the world’s best bagels and bagel sandwiches"- Dan.

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Topics: Pilot Spotlight

Black FLY-day Special-A gift for YOU!

Posted by Jess Burns on November 21, 2016

It's the Holidays and what better way to show you our appreciation then by giving you a FREE* flight? In honor of Black Friday, we have two gift options for you!!

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Topics: Holiday Membership


Posted by Jess Burns on November 9, 2016

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Topics: Bleisure Travel

6 Lesser-Known Tourist Attractions Along The East Coast

Posted by Wendy Sheats on November 2, 2016


Most likely cities such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Atlanta pop up. While they (and many other cities) are fantastic, the East Coast boasts a bounty of hidden gems and lesser-known tourist attractions capable of stealing the show from their larger counterparts.

Lovers of leisure travel should check out these six East Coast United States destinations. 

  • Roanoke, Virginia
  • Lake Champlain in Vermont
  • Letchworth State Park, New York State
  • Portland, Maine
  • Fernandina Beach, Florida
  • Mobile Bay, Alabama
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Topics: Business Travel, Leisure Travel, Bleisure Travel, Tourist Attractions


Posted by Jess Burns on October 14, 2016

Meet one of our Atlanta based pilots, Olav Ommedal!

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Topics: Pilot Spotlight

Have you been to these hidden gems in these popular cities?

Posted by Jess Burns on September 1, 2016

What comes to mind when you think of hidden gems?

We all have that favorite place to eat in our hometown or the secret park we like to visit on the weekends, but finding similar places in bigger cities can be hard especially when you are only there for a short time.

Below are some hidden gems that are definitely worth checking out on your next trip to the following popular cities:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boston, MA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • New York, NY
  • Orlando, FL
  • Washington, D.C.
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Topics: Leisure Travel, Bleisure Travel, Tourist Attractions

A Weekend Itinerary for Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod, and Nantucket

Posted by Wendy Sheats on May 24, 2016

Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod and Nantucket are three of the most popular getaways in the northeastern United States. Much of their attraction stems from the fact that even today, they offer a relaxed, laid-back experience; and for those who love staying on the move during a vacation, all three places offer incredible outdoor opportunities such as beaches and biking.

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Topics: Leisure Travel, Bleisure Travel, Tourist Attractions

The Bird Dog Who Chased Rabbits – A Lesson in Time Management – Business Success Webinar

Posted by Peter Turla on May 5, 2016

I saw my new neighbor, Ed, putting one of his dogs into the back of his pickup truck. I went over and asked Ed what he was up to. He said he was going hunting for quail and needed the dog to help him find where the birds are hiding and point them out. I asked why he used this older, slower dog and not Harley, his younger, more energetic dog.

He said, “Harley is younger and faster, and loves to go hunting, but when we get out there in the brush, he forgets his job is to point out the birds to me. Whenever a rabbit flushes out and starts to run, Harley hauls off and chases after him and that’s the end of my quail hunting for a while. A good bird dog knows to let the rabbit go and keep pointing out the birds. Harley has never learned that.”

Are you like Harley? Do you start on one thing and then find yourself getting sidetracked? Do you have the rabbit-chasing syndrome?

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Topics: Time Management, Business Success Series

An East Coast Bleisure Travel Guide & Infographic

Posted by Wendy Sheats on May 4, 2016


Bleisure combines the words "business" and "leisure," and bleisure travel occurs when people traveling for work take personal days before, during and/or after work for leisurely, non-business travel. Sometimes, these folks take their families along, but solo travelers have plenty of fun, too.

Bleisure travel is an excellent idea regardless of whether a traveler has previously been to a certain location. Cities change, and there are always new things to do and see. The East Coast of the United States is one place that teems with opportunity for bleisure travelers; in fact, two of the top five domestic travel destinations, New York City and Philadelphia, are on the East Coast, according to an American Express Global Business Travel report. Readers of Conde Nast Traveler also add Washington, D.C., Boston and New Orleans to the list of popular business travel destinations. Meanwhile, Cvent recommends Orlando and Atlanta, particularly for conventions and meetings.

So, for any bleisure travelers who find themselves in these cities, download our Guide to East Coast Bleisure Travel for hotels, restaurants and activities that will inject a true leisure twist into business travel.

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Topics: Business Travel, Leisure Travel, Business Travel Tips, Bleisure Travel, Tourist Attractions

Enter For A Chance To Win a Day In The Life of an IMAGINEAIR Pilot

Posted by Wendy Sheats on May 3, 2016


For a limited time, we are offering pilots from all walks of life a chance to fly with and experience a day-in-the-life of an IMAGINEAIR pilot. This unique opportunity includes an informational interview, a complementary flight with one of our pilots, a gift bag and so much more.

This is a great experience for you if you are in the process of:

  • Approaching retirement and figuring out how you can keep doing what you love (while perhaps staying out of your spouse's hair)
  • Building your flight time as a flight instructor and trying to decide on your path, such as charter, air taxi or regional airline
  • Seeking to advance in your career, or
  • Seeking help to jump start your next opportunity
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Topics: Pilot Jobs, Retiring Pilots, Cirrus SR22-GTS