Certificate in Corporate Aviation Management

Certificate in Corporate Aviation Management

Develop the leadership and operational acumen vital to corporate aviation personnel and managers. The noncredit Certificate in Corporate Aviation Management consists of three programs.
  • How to Earn It

    Earn a Darden Certificate in Corporate Aviation Management by completing the following three programs, listed in the recommended order for participation:

    • Managing the Corporate Aviation Function - Develop the industry insights, management techniques and hands-on experience you need to become a high-performance manager in corporate aviation. You’ll take away a broadened industry perspective that will empower you to make more competitive and strategic choices.
    • Developing Leadership Capability in the Corporate Aviation Function - Increase the influence and organizational integration of chief pilots and other aviation managers. You’ll learn to think more strategically and create high-performing service operations while uncovering real-life solutions to industry challenges.
    • Leading Change in the Corporate Aviation Function -  Learn to initiate and lead successful change efforts within your organization by building a strong, fluid team that supports your company’s evolving needs. You'll explore current change models in use, the sources for resistance to change and the phases of the change process.

    Completion of these programs also provides a way for participants to earn initial or recertification Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credit.


  • What You'll Learn
    • Learn to speak the language of aviation finance, to analyze capital budgets, and to make smarter allocation decisions.
    • Gain a comprehensive set of analytical techniques for realizing greater cost savings or improved service while providing necessary flight hours.
    • Discover your personal management style and how to inspire both aviation and corporate reports.
    • Manage changing international regulations, safety concerns and expanding operations.
    • Facilitate communication between aviation experts, management and the teams that support them.
    • Design effective, flexible organizational structures for your flight department.
    • Develop your customized growth plan to advance your career as you steer a more adept and profitable business.
    • Learn the principles of planning, organizing and implementing a successful change initiative.
    • Gain deeper insight into your own change leadership skills.
    • Anticipate hurdles to change and know how to overcome them.
  • Participant Profile
    • Aspiring and experienced leaders in the aviation industry, from chief pilots to maintenance managers to executives. It will be useful to managers who want to update or expand their ability to build savvier budgets, negotiate equipment acquisition more effectively or learn new techniques for improving their bottom line. 
    • Chief pilots and executives with aviation department responsibilities who want to maximize their impact across their organizations. It is especially helpful for leaders who want to grow beyond "one-size-fits-all" management and develop the competitive insights and habits to flourish in their industry.
    • Corporate aviation function executives, managers and site managers who are facing a changing environment and need to enhance their skills in anticipating, planning, organizing and leading change efforts and initiatives.
  • Program Format & Cost

    Program Format

    Offered in-person at Darden in Charlottesville, VA. Accommodations are included in your program fee unless otherwise noted.


    Each program ranges in cost from $8,950–$10,500, depending on the length of the program. 

    National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) members receive 15% program discount.

Darden not only increased my understanding on how the business operates, but also how to help grow the business, both on a personal and professional level.

Victor Fernandez
Pilot Captain, Aflac Inc.
Certificate in Leadership & Management

Earn a Second Certificate

Completion of the Certificate in Corporate Aviation Management counts as three programs toward the Darden noncredit Certificate in Leadership & Management. Complete one additional program to earn this certificate.

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