Private aircraft and the staff you need to fly them

August 1, 2017 in News for Clients

Private aircraft and the staff you need to fly them

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Private aircraft owned by individuals or corporate and VIP aviation providers are a world away from those in the commercial aviation sphere.

It requires a different approach to piloting, a more diverse range of support resources and – most importantly – a new approach to staffing.

Here, we’ll look at some of the most popular private aircraft in operation today, their basic specs and the staff you need to fly them:

Bombardier: Challenger 600 and Global Express

Bombardier Inc. is a multinational aircraft manufacturer based in Canada that produces both business jets and regional airliners.

Bombardier Challenger 600
SizeLength20.85 m
Max. Capacity19 passengers
StaffRequiredPilot and co-pilot
OptionalUp to two cabin crew members
CertificationLicense EndorsementCL600/CL601
Bombardier Global Express
SizeLength30.30 m
Max. Capacity13 passengers
StaffRequiredPilot and co-pilot
OptionalOne cabin crew member
CertificationLicense endorsementBD700

Cessna Citation: XLS

Cessna is a general aircraft manufacturer based in the US. Though more widely known for its piston-engine aircraft, the company also produces a range of business jets.

Cessna Citation XLS
SizeLength16 m
Max. Capacity9 passengers
StaffRequiredPilot and co-pilot
OptionalN/A
CertificationLicense endorsementC560XL/XLS

Learjet: 45, 60 and 75

Learjet is a subsidiary of Bombardier that manufactures private aircraft for both commercial and military use, and has pioneered the business jet model since its inception in the late 1950s.

Learjet 45/75
SizeLength17.68 m
Max. Capacity9 passengers
StaffRequiredPilot and co-pilot
OptionalN/A
CertificationLicense endorsementLR45/75
Learjet 60
SizeLength17.88 m
Max. Capacity8 passengers
StaffRequiredPilot and co-pilot
OptionalN/A
CertificationLicense endorsementLR60

Gulfstream: 350 and 450

Gulfstream is a US aircraft manufacturer owned by General Dynamics that has produced business jets for the VIP market since 1958.

Gulfstream 350
SizeLength27.23 m
Max. Capacity19 passengers
StaffRequiredPilot and co-pilot
OptionalN/A
CertificationLicense endorsementG-V
Gulfstream 450
SizeLength27.32 m
Max. Capacity19 passengers
StaffRequiredPilot and co-pilot
OptionalOne cabin crew member
CertificationLicense endorsementG-V

*Majority of data sourced from Aviation Week

What are the staff qualities you need to look for when recruiting CVA staff?

As private aircraft are used by a customer demographic that has different needs from that of commercial aviation, you will need staff with specialist skills.

Pilots

In addition to the relevant type rating, qualities such as these are all highly valuable when it comes to CVA pilots:

  • Ability to work flexibly in terms of working hours and locations
  • Over 1,000 flight hours across a range of aircraft types
  • Advanced communication and customer service skills
  • Knowledge of full range of pre-flight checks and baggage loading processes

Cabin crew

Cabin crew will also face a different set of requirements, and so require an alternative set of skills:

  • Ability to work autonomously, or as part of a small team
  • Knowledge of different cultures and languages
  • Previous experience with VIP or first-class passenger
  • Accommodating approach to passenger requests and requirements

It takes specialist industry knowledge to source a consistent supply of applicants with such a niche set of skills and experience.

AeroProfessional are experts in CVA recruitment. We can take over the recruitment process for you and ensure you gain access to the best candidates on the market. Or, we can augment your existing recruitment resources to give you that extra ingredient.

Find the calibre of staff you need to keep your private aircraft in the skies and look after your VIP passengers by calling on AeroProfessional, the aviation recruitment experts.

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