There are many things that I love about my job and which make Business Aviation special and more appealing to me than commercial aviation.
It’s the excitement of flying, where every mission is special. There is no routine, as we don’t have a pre-determined schedule – the fun comes when your company calls to say that you depart in one hour! We get to be in contact with our clients and have to be able to multi-task. We are pilots, but we have to know about engines, about regulations, medical issues and health, meteorology and electricity.
The medical flights are also extremely rewarding and we do a lot of these within the company. We go with a medical team to fetch organs from somewhere in Europe and bring them back to Belgium. Knowing that you’re helping save someone’s life, even though your contribution is small, is very rewarding.
I have the chance to fly one of the most advanced jets in our fleet and I always need to adapt my knowledge, because the systems are different, aircraft are becoming smarter, and automation is of increasing importance. It’s a constant learning process as technology, regulations, and standards are evolving at such an amazing pace.
There is no standard schedule or mode of organisation in Business Aviation, as it differs from traditional commercial aviation. We sell an on-demand, tailored service, and as a pilot you have to be ready to move and adapt to your clients’ needs and expectations.
Flexibility is one of the key assets of our business and it is also what the client expects. There is no such thing as a weekend or holiday in Business Aviation, but the reward is enormous. I’ve visited many places in the world, although we often need to be on standby in case the client changes the schedule or another flight is sold. Once you get used to that way of living, it’s fantastic – it’s the magic of the job.
ASL was established in 1998, and has evolved to become one of the most important private jet operators in the Benelux and in Europe, operating a modern fleet out of the most important airports in the Benelux. In 2014, ASL merged with JetNetherlands, the principal operator in the Netherlands, to form the ASL-JetNetherlands Group. In total, the company manages and operates a fleet of more than 30 aircraft across Europe.