Even with my background and experience in the aviation industry, when I joined To70 in Singapore in 2017 as a Junior Aviation Consultant, the aviation consultancy business turned out to be a whole new world. Nine months into the job, each problem or issue the client presents is still teaching me something new every day. Yet, there are certain skills that are good to have before you get started.
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As an aviation consultant, you help clients at airports, air traffic control, airlines and government and regulatory agencies to understand and implement the latest and best aviation practices. There are many different types of aviation consultancy projects, so the work you do often depends on your expertise and personal interests. It might vary from air traffic to commercial airlines or from aircraft maintenance to airside operations.
Whatever your interests, every aviation consultant needs to have excellent analytical skills to interpret information from all sorts of sources, including your own research, and to provide recommendations and solutions for complex technical issues.
Other skills you need
Besides analytical skills, it is a good idea to equip yourself with computer coding and scripting skills if you want to be an aviation consultant. A lot of the work involves developing fast-time simulations or managing data-modelled analytics.
We work closely with clients on a day-to-day basis, so interpersonal skills are essential for building relationships with existing and potential clients.
Being a good communicator is also invaluable for aviation consultants, as you will need to provide explanations to clients in a clear and comprehensive manner. It can be difficult for clients to visualise the solution, especially if it is complex. Good PowerPoint presentation skills are certainly a plus!
My current work is on supporting projects related to Singapore Changi Airport’s development of a three-runway system to ensure adequate capacity for the airport’s continued growth. Thanks to to70, I have an exciting opportunity to work on Aerodrome Safety and Risk Management projects associated with the ongoing construction. It is very challenging to maintain high safety standards during construction while having minimum impact on ongoing airfield operations. I have become quite familiar with the many international aerodrome safety procedures and operational safety requirements, particularly the ICAO Annex 14 and the related SARPs.
Since starting at To70, I’ve been lucky to have an exceptional, highly knowledgeable mentor. His kindness and willingness to share his own experiences and wisdom – and all while genuinely listening – have taught me a great deal. The continuous support has been invaluable. Also, he has always tried to help me become a better version of myself rather than trying to mould me to his perspective.
What I love about my job is that feeling of accomplishment when I can solve important problems for the client. And the experience of dissecting complicated problems and then discovering relevant insights is quite astonishing. You will know what I mean once you’ve tried it yourself!
Are you interested in becoming an aviation consultant? You can check the positions available in our global offices and find out how to join our team on the Career Page of our website.
About To70. To70 is one of the world’s leading aviation consultancies, founded in the Netherlands with offices in Europe, Australia, Asia, and Latin America. To70 believes that society’s growing demand for transport and mobility can be met in a safe, efficient, environmentally friendly and economically viable manner. To achieve this, policy and business decisions have to be based on objective information. With our diverse team of specialists and generalists to70 provides pragmatic solutions and expert advice, based on high-quality data-driven analyses. For more information, please refer to www.to70.com.