Embry-Riddle aeronautical sciences student Yann Bosch, recipient of the inaugural CJP Bob Hoover Presidential Scholarship earlier this year, recently completed the second of two internship programs he participated in over the summer. His experiences interning with corporate flight departments at United Technologies and Procter & Gamble offered Bosch new perspectives about the role of business aviation at large corporations.
“The programs were like a ‘job shadow’ where I was able to observe various operations within those flight departments,” he explained. “It was a great experience to observe the different aspects of the role of aviation at a large company, which are sometimes difficult to grasp within a classroom.”
The opportunity also provided Bosch with close-up perspectives on the daily duties of an active corporate flight crew.
“Pilots at Procter & Gamble are very involved in the flight planning process, and some also perform roles including safety or crew resources officer, or running lead on training to use electronic flight bag (EFB) devices,” he explained. “Their primary objective is flying, of course, but that also involves a lot of downtime, and I saw how many of their pilots take on additional duties to fill that time.”
At Procter & Gamble, Bosch also accompanied a crew flying a Gulfstream G-IV from the company’s headquarters in Cincinnati to New York City and back, and spent time with the flight department’s operations director, crew scheduler, and lead inspector.
“One of my favorite tasks was planning an international trip across the North Atlantic,” he added. “They gave us a NATS (North Atlantic Tracks System) plotting chart and flight plan, just as the crews would receive it, and went through the steps in plotting a route from Cincinnati to Geneva. That really appealed to my interest in international navigation, and they really showed me how to apply what I’ve learned to real-world situations.”
In addition to time with Procter & Gamble’s flight department, Bosch also toured the company’s headquarters and global operations center, and talked with high-level management. “I was able to learn about the company as a whole, and then about how the flight department interacts with its customer – the company – to meet changing demands and trip requirements,” he concluded.
Bosch received the inaugural scholarship from CJP in January. As a student at ERAU he was also fortunate to attend the Bob Hoover Tribute Event in Los Angeles, CA. where he met such industry notables as Burt Rutan, Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger, former FAA administrator Randy Babbitt, and renowned actor and pilot Harrison Ford.