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A CAREER IN BUSINESS AVIATION AWAITS YOU

You cannot aspire to work in an industry if you are not aware of its existence. 

Business Aviation has long been overlooked as a potential career choice for aspiring and young aviation professionals.

Private jets are a common sighting in movies, music videos, and social media posts. However, very little is known about the large industry behind manufacturing, purchasing, insuring, operating, and maintaing them. Thousands of jobs (both on the ground and in the air) are required to keep private jets flying around the world. 

The vast array of business aviation careers available allow you, as an aspiring aviation professional, to combine your skills, strengths, and educational background to find your perfect job fit in the industry. Careers available range from Pilots, AMEs, and Flight Attendats to Airworthiness Assistants, Certification Program Supervisors, Avionics Developers, Sales Associates, Finance Specialists, and Business Development Managers. 

In our quest to help give you a broad and informative look at the industry, we started the Talent Tuesdays and Flight Crew Fridays interview campaigns on our social media. Interviewing young business aviation professionals about their career paths, we hope to inspire you and the upcoming generation to join this greatly rewarding industry!

INSPIRATION COULD BE A FEW INTERVIEWS AWAY

WE UPDATE OUR TALENT TUESDAY AND FLIGHT CREW FRIDAY INTERVIEWS MONTHLY FROM OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES. 

To read more about our featured business aviation professionals, please visit us on Facebook - BizAvYTI.

 If you would like to become a future Talent Tuesday or Flight Crew Friday, please contact us - bizavyti@cbaa.ca.

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"My favorite part about the industry is the community! It's shocking how small the community is in such a large industry."

Marketing Co-ordinator,

Lavaero Aviation

JENNA FOSTER

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"Being a part of business aviation is phenomenal. There is no job in the world that will have you as up close and personal in the involvement with the planning of a flight from the crew to maintenance and to the passenger’s side of things. It is truly a one-of-a-kind career."

Jet Desk Team Lead,

Aurora Jet Partners

SUNNY SANGHA

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"Well the path I took to having a career I truly love really started when I was a child – I loved airplanes and everything to do with air travel. I was led into business aviation after about seven or eight years of working as a pilot. Before flying a corporate jet, I had flown Q 400s for a regional airline, a King Air for medevac operations and smaller aircraft for survey and air taxi work."

First Officer, Challenger 605

IAN STEWART

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"The exciting part about my job is that I actually represent three entities: We are not just an FBO selling fuel, handling and complimentary services – We are also a real estate company with the mandate to develop new hangars on property with through the fence (TTF) airport access – and we are a construction company, currently building a brand new FBO and hangar facility on TTF access land." 

Director, Sales & Business Development, C-YHU H-18

ANNEMARIE HEIKENWALDER

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"I would say that if you are interested in entering business aviation, it is a great career choice. Speaking from my own experience, it is a challenging, rewarding and exciting side of aviation. If business aviation is your goal, be sure to polish up your customer service skills, as it is a large part of our day to day operations!" 

Captain, Hawker 900

STEVE VIRGA

"Whether you are pursuing university studies, college, flight training or aircraft maintenance qualifications, Business Aviation is worth exploring. The old times are gone and new opportunities are emerging for young and energetic professionals."

Certification Program Supervisor,

Rockwell Collins

AMR YOSRY

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Sophia's favorite part about business aviation? "The people. I loved getting to know the other crew members that I used to fly with, and even though I mostly operate Single Pilot IFR now, I get to know the company members and a lot more about what the company does and how it operates."

Captain, Piper Navajo

SOPHIA WELLS

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"You never know who you will meet. The charter industry has celebrities and big business CEOs. That's a given. But the industry as a whole is very interconnected. You can meet CEOs of airlines and executives of Aircraft manufacturers. Business is big and can literally take you anywhere." 

President & CEO,

Crimson Air Services Inc.

NOLAN KIELY

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"My first job was flying a King Air 200 for Keewatin Air, doing medevacs in the Arctic. I was based in either Iqaluit, NU or Rankin Inlet, NU for 2 weeks at a time. Once I got my hours, I knew I wanted to fly corporate and was given the opportunity to fly a Citation 560 Encore for Private Air Inc. I was then upgraded to our Citation 560XL and have enjoyed every second of it."

First Officer, Citation 560XL

CAM KILLOUGH

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"I have always been interested in tinkering and fixing things and had an opportunity in Cadets to see the Technical side of things. I honestly had no interest in general aviation or commercial, but I liked the aircraft associated with business aviation." 

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer,

AirSprint

GARETT STRAND

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"Corporate aviation also offers so many challenges and ways to grow into a better pilot - which in this industry is a truly multifaceted title. Between customer service, flight planning, flying skills… your potential for growth is endless." 

First Officer, Global Express

JEAN DENIS MARCELLIN

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"I’ve noticed that everyone I work with is here because they love the industry and you can really tell the difference when the people you work with enjoy their job. We’re serious about what we do but we have a lot of fun on our breaks. The maintenance team is usually laughing about one thing or another." 

Airworthiness Admin Assistant,

Aurora Jet Partners

JENNIFER MUSTARD

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First Officer, Challenger 605

JOHN BREEN

"Flying clean, modern, state-of-the-art aircraft is definitely a benefit. As a member of a relatively small team, it’s nice getting to know the pilots I fly with as well everyone else working behind the scenes. We also develop a rapport with our clients, which is unique to business aviation." 

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Sales & Business Development,

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LOGAN BROWN

"I have built friendships all over the world as a result of working in the industry and reconnecting with people at events like CBAA Chapter Meetings or yearly conventions just makes a career in business aviation that much more rewarding." 

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Captain, Falcon 900EX

IAN MCLENNAN

"My favourite part of being a member of a corporate flight crew is how involved you are with all aspects of the operation. From flight planning, to logistics coordinating, and finally on the flight itself, as a team, you can have a much more significant impact on the quality of your passenger’s travel experience than in most other types of flying." 

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Flight Coordination Manager,

AirSprint

SHELBY SCHULTE

"From my experience, don’t be afraid to take on a new job role even if you don’t know everything about it. There are many different career paths to take in business aviation. Challenge yourself and be willing to learn. I never thought I would be where I am today and I am grateful that I was given the opportunities to find out what I wanted to do for a career." 

First Officer, Phenom 100

ALETHIA FORSBERG

"Network as much as you can! Aviation is such a small world and in business aviation everyone knows everyone. You never know when someone might reference you for your dream job!" 

Associate,

Bennett Jones LLP.

TAYLOR DAVIS

"Explore all your options. There are a ton of different things you can do in the business aviation industry and even more ways you can get into it. My undergraduate degree is in chemical engineering from Western University, in Ontario. After that, I went to law school in Calgary, and got a job in a law firm that just happened to have an aircraft financing practice group."

Risk Analyst,

Echo Aviation Leasing Corp.

MAXIME GAUDREAU

"There is a huge amount of career opportunities in Business Aviation including aircraft financing, aircraft maintenance, aircraft management, FBO operations, aircraft legal services, etc. My advice is to take the time to educate yourself about the industry and take the time to learn about the different opportunities available through industry experts." 

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Business Development Manager,

Aversan Inc.

DANNY DIAS

"My work involves a lot of customer relationship building and networking. I attend aviation events all over North America which is how we first encounter potential clients, then continue to meet with prospects until a business deal is arranged. I often have to travel to various customer sites all over North America which I enjoy." 

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Aviation Sales Lead (Canada),

World Fuel Services

BONNIE BHALLA

"I have the opportunity to meet very interesting people in my position. I work with the Military, Air Ambulance companies, Commercial carriers, etc. Each business line has a unique perspective and there is just so much to learn! I learn something new every day." 

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Customer Service Representative,

YEG Shell Aerocentre

RACHELLE MILLER

"I enjoy fast paced days. I love the people I work with. I enjoy being able to interact with all different types of people all day long. I really enjoy that there isn’t really any day that is the same." 

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Associate,

Code Hunter LLP.

ALEX DARLING

"There’s really no set formula to excelling in aviation law. Different personality types bring different strengths and weaknesses, and I think the field is large enough to accommodate almost all of them. I have noticed a few constants though in effective aviation lawyers: hard work, organization, and a good mix of stubbornness and ability to compromise where possible."