Managing the Corporate Aviation Function

Managing the Corporate Aviation Function

Examine the challenges specific to your industry and learn how to promote high performance among team members while improving departmental productivity, efficiency, financing and equipment selection.

Upcoming Dates

Program Dates
Time Commitment
Program Fee
16-21 Mar 2025
In-Person, Charlottesville, VA
6 days

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Develop the industry insights, management techniques and hands-on experience you need to become a high-performance leader in corporate aviation.

  • Cultivate a broad view of the corporate aviation function's impact on organizational goals and profit.
  • Blend best practices with practical considerations around aircraft acquisition, maintenance, equipment technology updates, and budget management.
  • Audit operational performance to provide meaningful feedback to direct reports and upper management.
  • Practice building trust and collaboration among team members with diverse responsibilities.

Intended For

Team Leader, Senior Management


Corporate Aviation

As part of Darden's trio of aviation-centered programs, this course provides corporate aviation leaders like you invaluable opportunities to:

  • Uncover solutions to traditional and emerging challenges - particularly budgeting, financial management, and maintaining performance and operational standards among direct reports.
  • Make the most of your capital budget, reviewing alternative financing methods and your options for chartering, leasing, fractional ownership, and outright purchase of aircraft to provide the necessary flight hours for your business.
  • Interpret annual reports and financial statements, analyze the business case for corporate aviation and explore various cost allocation techniques, including user charge-back methods, so you can better manage the expense to profit margin of your department.
  • Make an informed capital budgeting business case for new aircraft.

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


Darden's New Home for Lifelong Learning


The Forum Hotel Kimpton

The Forum Hotel at the UVA Darden School of Business in Charlottesville is now open! We’re excited to welcome our EELL participants to learn and stay with us in this dynamic new meeting place.

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Outcomes & Impact

  • Broaden your perspective so you can make more competitive and strategic choices.
  • 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.


Managing the Corporate Aviation Function counts as one program toward a noncredit Certificate in Corporate Aviation Management. Complete this program and three additional programs to earn your certificate.

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

Completion of the Certificate in Corporate Aviation Management also counts as three programs toward Darden's noncredit, four-program Certificate in Leadership & Management.


This program is designed for 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.

Managing Corporate Aviation Participants




Lynn A. Isabella

Frank M. Sands Sr. (M.B.A. ’63) Associate Professor Emerita of Business Administration


Paul J. Simko

Frank M. Sands Sr. Associate Professor of Business Administration

June A. West

June A. West

Marjorie R. Sands Associate Professor of Business Administration

Location & Accommodations

Darden School of Business
100 Darden Blvd.
Charlottesville, Virginia

Materials and some meals are also included in your program fee.


The Forum Hotel Kimpton Guest Room The Forum Hotel Kimpton Arboretum & Gardens

Lodging will be provided at our new on-Grounds hotel for participants of this program as part of your program fee. If you register within 30 days of the program start date, accommodations at The Forum Hotel cannot be guaranteed. Alternate lodging would be provided. We encourage you to register early to reserve your spot!

The Forum Hotel
Kimpton Charlottesville
540 Massie Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Enjoy access to all the hotel’s perks during your stay, including morning coffee and tea service, on-site fitness center, Birch & Bloom steakhouse, The Good Sport craft beer bar and large outdoor terrace.

Anchored by the beautiful Tahja Arboretum and LaCross Botanical Gardens with outdoor learning and reflection spaces, as well as state-of-the-art indoor classroom and event spaces, The Forum Hotel is the new home for Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programming.

Darden Executive Education is provided by the University of Virginia
Darden School Foundation.