Jason Talley in the cockpit of his CJ2+
Passionate about entrepreneurship and aviation, Jason Talley is the mastermind behind multiple successful companies in the technology and aviation space. He started JetFuelX, which sold to Foreflight, and also founded SierraTrax, which sold to JSSI.
His interest in aviation started early on as a kid in Missouri and he remains passionate about it today. As a young adult he earned many titles, degrees, and accolades, but one thing was missing, Talley had always aspired to become a pilot. Finally, after selling one of his technology companies in 2000, Talley got his private-pilot license and he’s now been flying for nearly 25 years.
As previously noted, many of his businesses have been focused on technology that services business aviation. Today, however, Jason has diversified his endeavors and he spends much of his time in the hospitality business serving as the Chairman of Bakers Burgers, a 38-restaurant chain in Southern California. To say that Talley has a full plate is an understatement. In addition to running a large restaurant chain and exploring new business opportunities, he also serves as Vice Chairman at JSSI, and is the Director of the CJP Association, on top of being a committed family man with his wife, Lily, and their two boys.
He is able to successfully navigate a hectic professional and personal life because he has an aircraft. With all those responsibilities, his time is precious, and his productivity needs to be maximized – especially when he’s flying. That’s where Gogo and inflight connectivity comes into play. “By maintaining connectivity, I can fly anytime and be productive.”
Talley, Pilot and Director of CJP
Before he had Gogo inflight connectivity onboard his aircraft, Talley needed to plan his flights around the hectic restaurant business hours with locations serving three meals from 6am-11pm. But with Gogo’s system onboard, Talley can fly when it’s most convenient for him and still answer a text, respond to critical emails, and even browse the internet for coordination of ground services at any time.
By maintaining connectivity, I can fly anytime and be productive.
Pilot and Director of CJP
Inflight connectivity from the cockpit is crucial for safety. Whether Talley is checking by-the-minute weather reports, flight patterns, or even footage from cameras at his hangar, Gogo inflight connectivity keeps his CJ2+ on the safest route. In fact, for a period of several months, Talley was without his CJ2+ and used a different plane in the interim that did not have Gogo inflight connectivity onboard. He shared, “You miss it when you don’t have it.”
Until you have it, you don’t appreciate how much you use it. And, how critical it is to the experience when you’re operating your aircraft: safety, weather, other stressors. All of those things are impacted by Gogo inflight Wi-Fi.
Talley flying around VIPs: Mark McGwire & Brian Strelitz
When approached about upgrading from ATG 5000 to the AVANCE platform, Talley was on the fence. He debated if he really needed more bandwidth, speed, and devices. After making the decision to upgrade to AVANCE L3 Plus, he has been wowed. “I'm not easily impressed, but AVANCE L3 has really impressed me. It is so much more than I was expecting. I was wholly unprepared for the difference in performance. It really is a night and day difference. The ATG 5000 was adequate, but with the AVANCE L3 it is truly wonderful connectivity. The Gogo AVANCE upgrade was 100% worth it. Even the install time was minimal, five days.”
Before the upgrade, Talley didn’t allow others to connect to the inflight Wi-Fi for lack of bandwidth. Now, with AVANCE L3 Plus, his colleagues can connect during flights to be more productive. In fact, on their way to a recent restaurant expo in Chicago, Talley recounted, “my colleague was pretty shocked that he was this connected during the flight.” The same reaction goes for when Talley flies around with friends, family, and business partners.
I'm not easily impressed, but AVANCE L3 has really impressed me. It is so much more than I was expecting. I was wholly unprepared for the difference in performance. It is a night and day difference.
CJ2+ in hanger at sundown
Talley was flying from Chicago back to his home in Utah, when he received a Wi-Fi phone call from his aunt about his uncle – the one that got him into flying. His uncle had fallen and was going to the hospital. Thanks to the Wi-Fi calling option provided by the Gogo system, Talley was prepared upon landing to drive straight to the hospital to help his aunt.
Talley piggybacked that anecdote with, “Whether flight planning, maintenance issues, or weather, Gogo inflight connectivity has saved the day innumerous times.”
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