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How to set foot in the aviation consulting business

Aspiring to be launch an Aviation Services Company someday, but don’t know how to get there? It’s OK.

We have some practical advice on how to do it, coming directly from our experienced board of members who have spent more than 30 years in the aviation consulting business.

On a whole, the aviation consulting business is an exciting place to be. You can participate in any of the hundreds of businesses that make air travel possible. You could be at the Airport managing the workflow from safety to integrity, or you could be assisting the cabin crew in handling their duties.  

The options of employment are diverse and there is an overall hike in demand for aviation industry consultants, due to the expected rise in air traffic. So, let’s get you started on the journey!


If you’re seeking a career in Aviation, you can choose any of the bachelor’s degree in Aviation at a nearby aviation school. Depending on what you want to specialize in, you can plan your bachelor’s accordingly.

Although there are a lot of programs available that teach the basics of Aviation Policy and Management, you can opt for specialized courses from the grassroots level.

Study.com shows the career requirements for getting hired by an Aviation Services Company.

Degree and Certification Options

You can opt for three kinds of degree options;

  • Associates Degree
  • Bachelors Degree
  • Masters Degree

There are several fields of study within these three options. You can choose to study technology, Aviation Policy, or management to begin with, and all of these come with their own perks.

Some popular courses of study are as follows.

  • Air Travel Policy Making
  • Aircraft Maintenace and Repairs
  • Airplane Service Technology
  • Aircraft Blueprinting and Interpretation
  • Aircraft Engine Technology
  • Aviation Cyber Security Services

You can start your career from any of the degree options such as Aeronautics, or simply a Bachelors degree in Aviation. You could even do a hardcore degree in Aviation technology, but eventually, you’ll need a lot of experience to participate in actual job roles. Therefore, the initial education will just be to get you in the shoes.

Gaining Experience

Once you’re done with the school, you need to start tasting the industry first hand. This can’t be done by doing a master’s degree. You have to start getting out there as soon as possible and that can only happen when you work with an Aviation business or an Aviation Management Services company at the earliest.

It’s a general norm in the aviation industry that you learn as you experience. The reason why most of the top-notch aviation slots are filled with execs who have had decades of experience in the industry.

The first advice to anyone looking for an aviation consultant position would be to start doing it independently or join a consultancy. The work requires a lot of running around, hence there are chances you’ll be hired with just a degree.

Start Networking

Most of the aviation businesses run on projects and tenders obtained from bigger companies, which means a strong network in the industry is inevitable.

Networking can begin as soon as from your aviation college. The digital means of networking have made it possible to build your network from early on. The importance of networking is paramount, as these contacts are everything when you set up your consultancy.

Therefore, as you grow your career, attend as many networking events you can and make professional connections at your workplace. It’s also advisable to work in an organization for a healthy part of your career to learn the basics well.

Choose a Path – Job or Business   

Whether you work as a hot-shot aviation consultant in a big Multinational all your life or make an independent business out of it, both the options are equally rewarding.

You have to choose a path at an early stage of your career so that you know where you’re headed. If you want to be a job-person your entire life, you’ll probably need a master’s degree after a few years of experience in the field to advance your career.

Whereas, if you’re planning to set up your own aviation services company, experience, connections, and professionalism is everything that’d matter.

In case you choose the latter, it is advisable that you work as a self-employed professional once you’ve learned the art well enough. The freelance aviation business is pretty much a thing and it’s blooming as the demand for professionals is rising.

Make Yourself Known

The consulting business, regardless of niche, pretty much relies on the reputation of the owner. Which means, to be a successful consultant, you’d have to be a trustable brand first.

Making a brand name in the industry is a long process that involves everything that has been stated so far. You have to meet a lot of people and produce results all along the way. It all begins with spreading your identity amongst people who matter.

We suggest that besides work, you engage in social media channels that can make yourself known quickly. Twitter and LinkedIn are the two most active platforms where you can find aviation professionals really quickly.

Use this platforms to connect with college mates, workplace connections and the famous personalities of aviation business in your circle, so that you can build a rapport when you meet them in person, whenever the chance arrives.    

Create Opportunities

Aviation Consulting Companies are not built by rulebooks, rather a lot of innovation goes into making them stand on their feet. Hence, creativity is pivotal towards creating a healthy career for yourself.

From aviation management Services to airport ground handling, there is a lot of scope in the field. You can offer consultancy services on various regimes. It’s important you recognize an industry that matches your personal preferences and then investigate it further to look for opportunities.

For instance, Aviation Analysts International found that aviation cyber security Services are an in-trend field of work that needs development and hence we added it into our portfolio. Soon we were able to work with the renowned ICAO in developing security programs and many other safety programs around the globe.

To sum up, it can be said that the scope is vast, you just have to find a strong point and develop on it. As of now, we offer 7 different types of consultancy services as given below.

  • Regulatory
  • Aviation Safety and Security
  • Airport Operations and Ground Handling
  • Governments, ICAO and IATA
  • Document Control Management and Manual Development
  • Aviation Auditing
  • Aviation Cyber Security  

You can begin with one and continue from there or just stick to one your entire life. It doesn’t matter so much. It’s about what you can deliver the best because the scope for compromise is minimal when it comes to the aviation industry.  

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