Read as Rene Banglesdorf talks about her career as an Aircraft Broker.  Find her at www.wepushtin.com and on the Twitter feed in the sidebar of this interview.

What do you do for a living?

I run a company that buys and sells aircraft.airplane broker

How would you describe what you do?

I help people all over the world buy and sell aircraft—or just buy trips on private planes.

What does your work entail?

Working with aircraft owners, buyers, the FAA and other civil aviation authorities, attorneys and maintenance centers to make sure that aircraft transactions are equitable and run smoothly.

What’s a typical work week like?

Lots of phone and email work, some travel.

How did you get started?

I got started by doing marketing for a similar company.

What do you like about what you do?

I love that my job is different every day and that I meet people from all over the world.

What do you dislike?

I don’t like how much my industry is affected by the economy.

How do you make money/or how are you compensated?

100% commission.

How much money do aircraft brokers make?

This is a very high-risk, high-reward job. You can live off of peanut butter and jelly one month and lobster the next. It’s important to be careful how you spend because you can’t plan when you’ll get a big commission check.

How much money did/do you make starting out? 

About $24,000 per year.

What education, schooling, or skills are needed to do this?

Lots of tenacity, people skills, and the thick skin to hear no two thousand times before one yes.

What is most challenging about what you do?

The sales cycle can be several years.

What is most rewarding?

Hearing about how people’s lives have changed using private aviation, like rescuing people stranded by earthquakes or flying a cancer patient to treatment.

What advice would you offer someone considering this career?

Have some other sales experience first.

How much time off do you get/take?

Even when I go on vacation I work, since I own the business. I work about 50 hours a week normally—more when there are lots of sales going on.

What is a common misconception people have about what you do?

People think that only rich people fly in private planes. The fact is that many owners of aircraft are small and mid-sized businesses that use them as a competitive differentiator to grow their businesses and create more jobs.

What are your goals/dreams for the future?

Being one of the biggest and the best—beating my competitors.


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Josh Lex March 24, 2017 at 3:12 pm


My name is Josh Lex, I currently enrolled at Temple University in Philadelphia. Recently, I have been doing some research about becoming a Aircraft broker. Out of curiosity, do you need a certain degree to become an aircraft broker? I would love to learn more and gain more of an insight what it would take to get in this industry.

Thank you for the taking the time to read my email.

A possible inspiriting aircraft broker,
Joshua Lex


Yubin March 10, 2017 at 2:14 am

When do brokers/dealers/finders get paid?
Is it after the deposit is made or after delivery?

Is the set u the same for commercial sales?


Lindsey rutka February 17, 2016 at 10:49 am

I have a manager making $75,000 a year at our FBO we recently sold a plane for 2 million the best rate for commission to our company was 3% he was able to negotiate while he’s employed with us he thinks he should get a 25% commission on top of his salary what would the typical standard in the industry would pay if he is getting a paycheck each week what kind of structure would you suggest i what kind of structure would you suggest I thought that if you was 100% commission he would get 25% but I need to explain to him he’s been working on getting a salary what are your thoughts Appreciate the input Thanks Lindsay


Lisa May 16, 2017 at 12:04 pm

When she said 100% commission she means that commission is the inlynway she makes money….commission on an sold aircraft is usually dependant in the selling price range. As a broker iw ill get 6% comission on a small aircraft sale ( single engine under 100k) on a business jet my commission is much lower….from 1/2% up to 2%.

I always negotiate my commission when i get a signed listing Agreement from the owner…that agreement also give me a certain amount of time to be the exclisive listing agent formthe airplane.

Bottom line…highrer the dollar amount of the sale the lower the usual commission percentage.


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