My experience at SkyAngels SkyAcademy is one I will NEVER forget. I knew going into the in-person training week I was going to learn a lot about the aviation industry but I had no idea that I would grow as much as I did.
I am constantly inspired by people who put in the blood, sweat, and tears to bring their dreams to fruition. I will always be an advocate of and for those who are making changes and sacrifices in their life in order to follow their dreams and LIVE THEIR BEST LIFE.
Recently, I spoke with Eli Bensoussan, CEO of Vintage Caterers who kindly and so vulnerably shared his story of struggle, success, and how we can go so much further when we have people in our court aiding in our success. Because of his experience, he wants to give back to the community that has helped him turn his dreams into reality.
It is still a bit hard to believe, within just one year, a decision to do something exciting, adventurous, challenging and rewarding turned into a reality as a flight attendant in the Los Angeles area. Building a career as a cabin attendant in the private aviation industry has helped me to realize how incredibly adaptable and persevering I can be. Understanding the limits you set in your mind is the first obstacle to overcoming them. Once you set your sights on the the sky, no one can tell you the limits.
From the moment the phone rings with a request for a trip, the standard is set. The manner in which a SkyAngel plans, communicates, prepares and executes should all be performed at 100%. To set the tone for what a SkyAngel has to offer, one must exude excellence in all that she does. This is the basis for what sets SkyAngels at the top, ‘’Soaring high’’.
As we wrap up our 8th year in business and I reflect back on the past years I couldn't be more proud of all that we have accomplished as a company and as a team.
The path has not always been easy and there have been moments when I thought we would fail, but we are still here and stronger than ever.
The first time I ever walked through the sliding, glistening doors of the FBO (private jet terminal) and walked onto the tarmac and amongst the many private jets that sat there waiting for their next adventure just begging to go to somewhere amazing I knew I wanted to be a part of it - somehow.
There are many things I love about this industry, but here are the top three reasons why I love being a SkyAngel.
Juggling family, friends and flying IS possible and takes a good amount of energy but I have always been close to my siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, and, grandparents and will continue to be. In my opinion, you don't have to give up your family values to be in Private Aviation. You simply learn to do things a little differently then you would if you were working a 9 to 5 job.
As you may know, the SkyAngels' logo is an angel wing. Every graduate of SkyAngels SKYacademy receives their wing upon successfully graduating from our program. To graduate SKYacademy is no small feat, not all of the students who attend our training earn their wings, but for those who do, upon graduation, are given a gold wing to signify their commitment to make luxury travel more delightful for the private jet traveler. So, if you are a flight operator, broker, pilot, or aircraft owner and see the SkyAngels wing necklace around the neck of one of our Certified SkyAngels, you can rest assured she has the passion, drive, and commitment to provide a Delightful Experience for the private jet traveler, always putting her best foot forward.
Living a life of a SkyAngel changes the way you think about packing. Everything has a purpose and a proper place; if not- it doesn’t go. Frequently pilots and line crew say, “Wow this is the lightest Cabin Attendant suitcase I’ve ever carried!” in which I respond, “I’m a SkyAngel, I know how to pack.”
You can too, just put on your thinking cap and follow these steps…or just watch this video:
One of the greatest things I love about being a SkyAngel is the freedom this career has given me to travel the world both for work and for pleasure. People ask me where I have been and I always respond “Everywhere!” …at least that is how it feels.
I traveled to the Congo last summer. Solo, for three weeks. I didn’t tell my parents until a week before I left. I didn’t want them to have to worry any more than they needed to about having their little girl trekking thru, what is presumed to be, one of the most dangerous places in the world. (pssst! It’s not that scary.) Very few people in my life knew I was going until I was already there. I just had to go, for three reasons...
There is nothing that thrills me more than when I meet a kindred spirit. Someone who shares the excitement and passion that I do for private aviation. Trent is one of those men and I would love to share the story he so thoughtfully emailed to me one morning about his experience and joy as a Flight Attendant for the US military.
Once a flight is confirmed there is so much that goes into creating a delightful experience for the private jet traveler. It is amazing how many moving parts there are and how many different individuals are juggling these moving parts in order to create a flawless flight. A lot can go wrong, but a lot has to go perfectly in order to bring all these moving parts together.
Heather is one committed lady and is truly dedicated to her career as a SkyAngel. You will not find a more hard working or team oriented crewmember to compliment the rest of your team. Heather brings passion to everything she does and certainly aims to please everyone she comes into contact always treating everyone with equal respect and attention. She is a true professional.
Tell me a story.
I get this question A LOT from guests that I fly, people that I meet once they learn what I do, and of course from our SKYacademy students.
It’s fun to tell stories of the adventures I have been on and the things I have seen and experienced as a result of my career as a SkyAngel. Sometimes, like many corporate flight crew, I take it for granted and other times, most times, I am thrilled that I make a living from traveling the world on private jets, tending to the needs of the uber elite. It’s a career like none other and it’s fun!
Everyone believed I “had it all” as an international flight attendant and that I was living my dream. I had international flying, long layovers, and a new airplane. The lifestyle did seem unreal at times, but over the course of a few years, my commercial airline job wasn’t the vibrant and exiting existence that I wanted for myself. I desired a fresh adventure, and that’s when I became a SkyAngel.