Careers in Business Aviation Day General Session

Wednesday, 24 May 2017
10:00  – 10:45
Palexpo, Congress Centre, Room K

High school and university students are invited to this exciting event focused on career opportunities within business aviation. Industry leaders will share stories about their experiences and explain how students can prepare for a successful aviation career. Don’t miss this dynamic and informative kick-off to the day’s activities

Jonny Nicol


Jonny Nicol, Stratajet

Jonny Nicol is the founder and CEO of Stratajet, a real-time booking service for personal and business aviation founded in 2011.

A former RAF fighter pilot who left the British Armed Forces to became an entrepreneur, Nicols was named one of Aviation Week’s “Top 10 Leaders of European Business Aviation” at the 2016 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. Prior to founding Stratajet, he developed computer systems used by Britain’s Ministry of Defence, which were later sold to Hewlett Packard’s EDS Defence.

Motivated by what he felt were inefficiencies in the traditional private aviation model, Nicols’ goal with Stratajet is to increase the industry’s accessibility so that more people can enjoy its benefits. 

Simon Witts

Aviation Skills Partnership

Simon Witts, Aviation Skills Partnership

Simon Witts is the founder and CEO of Aviation Skills Partnership, a UK-based organization dedicated to making the aviation industry accessible to all. 

Witts’ career in aviation has spanned a wide range of roles across the operational side of the industry. A BSc graduate in avionics from Queen Mary College, University of London, he initially worked in technical/engineering roles and developed up to Board level. This included positions with Bristow Helicopters, Racal Avionics (Decca), the UK CAA (in flight test and transport airplane certification, including responsibility for the Boeing 777 project) Air UK and British Regional/Manx. He was also heavily involved in the human factors and early safety management work.

Witt has held many airline executive board positions and sits on a Sector Skills Council. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management, Freeman of the Honourable Company of Coachmakers and Chair of Trustees for the International Federation of Airworthiness.

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