Business Aviation

Program Overview Admission Requirements Tuition and Fees Program Structure Faculty & Staff

Program Overview

The Business Aviation Diploma program is for learners who are interested in pursuing a career in aviation business operations. This two-year diploma program provides students with business knowledge along with the aviation training compliant with Transport Canada standards. Through successful acquisition of both a private and commercial pilot’s license within 

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the program, graduates may pursue career specializations in Northern Aviation Operations or Airline Operations. This program is in collaboration with McMurray Aviation, a regional commercial aviation services provider located in Fort McMurray, Alberta. For more information about McMurray Aviation, please visit their website. 

Applications are accepted for Fall and Winter semesters. Please submit your application as soon as possible as many programs fill up quickly.

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Admission Requirements 

Please view the admission requirements for the Business Aviation program below.

High school diploma 
High School Diploma, or equivalent, with a minimum of:
  • 50% (C-) in Math 30-1 or 55% (C-) in Math 30-2 and
  • 60% (C-) in English 30/30-1 or 65% (C-) in English 33/30-2  
Mature students
Mature students (students who are 21 years or older) may be admitted by:
  • The completion of the above Math and English courses (with the grades specified) OR
  • Pass mark on the College Entrance Test (Contact the Office of the Registrar at 780-791-4801 to arrange to write this exam)  
English language proficiency 
English Language Proficiency
  • TOEFL: iBT – minimum score of 79 with no score below 19
  • IELTS – minimum score of 6.0
  • CAEL – minimum score of 60
  • MELAB – minimum score of 80  
Spoken language proficiency 
In addition to demonstrating English Language Proficiency, applicants whose first language is not English must also present Spoken Language Proficiency. Applicants who have six or more years of full-time education (including grade 12 year or higher) in a Canadian school where the language of instruction was English, meet this requirement. If applicants do not present these years of English education, they can meet this requirement by presenting one of the following:
  • A minimum of 26 on the speaking band of the TOEFL: iBT
  • A minimum of 7.5 on the IELTS speaking band  
Transport Canada medical examination 

Transport Canada Medical Examination 1 – for aviation / flying component. 

Canadian Indigenous applicants 
Two positions per year are made available in the Business Aviation Diploma Program for qualified Canadian Indigenous applicants. If qualified Canadian Indigenous applicants are not admitted by May 30, the positions may be filled with students of non-Indigenous ancestry. 

Tuition and Fees 

Full Time Fees Year 1 2022-2023

Please note the 2022-2023 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the Tuition Fee Regulation.

Year 1 - Full Time Fees

 Fall

Winter

Tuition

$24,708.00

$16,879.00

Campus Rec Fee

$65.00

$65.00

Health & Dental Fee

*$126.00

*$126.00

Student Association Building Fee

$17.92

$17.92

Student Association Fee

$112.00

$112.00

Technology Fee

$85.00

$85.00

Total Fees

$405.92

$405.92

Total Tuition & Fees

***$25,113.92

 ***17,284.92

Total Cost Per Year

 

$42,398.84

International Full Time Fees Year 1 2022-2023

Please note the 2022-2023 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the Tuition Fee Regulation.

Year 1 - Full Time Fees

 Fall

Winter

Tuition

$27,204.00

$19,375.00

Campus Rec Fee

$65.00

$65.00

Health & Dental Fee

*$126.00

*$126.00

Student Association Building Fee

$17.92

$17.92

Student Association Fee

$112.00

$112.00

Technology Fee

$85.00

$85.00

Total Fees

$405.92

$405.92

Total Tuition & Fees

***$27,609.92

 ***19,780.92

Total Cost Per Year

 

$47,390.84

Full Time Fees Airline Operations Specialization Year 2 2022-2023

Please note the 2022-2023 fee are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.

Year 2 - Full Time Fees

 Fall

Winter Option 1

Winter Option 2

Tuition

$22,368.00

$20,828.00

$23,798.00

Campus Rec Fee

$65.00

$65.00

$65.00

Health & Dental Fee

*$126.00

*$126.00

*$126.00 

Student Association Building Fee

$17.92

$17.92

$17.92 

Student Association Fee

$112.00

$112.00

$112.00 

Technology Fee

$85.00

$85.00

$85.00 

Total Fees

$405.92

$405.92

$405.92 

Total Tuition & Fees

***$22,773.92

***$21,233.92

***$24,203.92 

Total Cost Per Year

 

$44,007.84

$46,977.84 
International Full Time Fees Airline Operations Specialization Year 2 2022-2023

Please note the 2022-2023 fee are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.

Year 2 - Full Time Fees

 Fall

Winter Option 1

Winter Option 2

Tuition

$22,368.00

$20,828.00

$23,798.00

Campus Rec Fee

$65.00

$65.00

$65.00

Health & Dental Fee

*$126.00

*$126.00

*$126.00 

Student Association Building Fee

$17.92

$17.92

$17.92 

Student Association Fee

$112.00

$112.00

$112.00 

Technology Fee

$85.00

$85.00

$85.00 

Total Fees

$405.92

$405.92

$405.92 

Total Tuition & Fees

***$24,864.92

***$23,324.92

***$26,294.92 

Total Cost Per Year

 

$48,999.84

$51,969.84 
  Full Time Fees Northern Aviation Operations Specialization Year 2 2022-2023

Please note the 2022-2023 fee are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.

Full Time FeesFallWinter
Tuition $28,647.00  $17,749.00
Campus Rec Fee $65.00 $65.00
Health & Dental Fee $126.00  $126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00  $112.00
Technology Fee  $85.00  $85.00
Total Fees $405.92 $405.92
Total Tuition & Fees  ***$25,009.92  ***$17,180.92
Total Cost Per Year  $46,397.84
Full Time Fees Northern Aviation Operations Specialization Year 2 2022-2023

Please note the 2022-2023 fee are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.

Full Time FeesFallWinter
Tuition $30,738.00  $20,464.00
Campus Rec Fee $65.00 $65.00
Health & Dental Fee $126.00  $126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00  $112.00
Technology Fee  $85.00  $85.00
Total Fees $405.92 $405.92
Total Tuition & Fees  ***$31,143.92  ***$20,869.92
Total Cost Per Year  $52,013.84
Full Time Fees Year 1 2023-2024

Please note the 2023-2024 fee are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.

Year 1 - Full Time Fees

 Fall

Winter

Tuition

$28,131.00

$14,884.00

Campus Rec Fee

$75.00

$75.00

Health & Dental Fee

*$126.00

*$126.00

Student Association Building Fee

$17.92

$17.92

Student Association Fee

$112.00

$112.00

Technology Fee

$95.00

$95.00

Total Fees

$420.92

$420.92

Total Tuition & Fees

***$28,516.92

 ***15,269.92

Total Cost Per Year

 

$43,786.84

 Full Time Fees Airline Operations Specialization Year 2 2023-2024

Please note the 2023-2024 fee are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.

Year 2 - Full Time Fees

 Fall

Winter Option 1

Winter Option 2

Tuition

$22,284.00

$10,844.00

 

Campus Rec Fee

$75.00

$75.00

$75.00

Health & Dental Fee

*$126.00

*$126.00

*$126.00 

Student Association Building Fee

$17.92

$17.92

$17.92 

Student Association Fee

$112.00

$112.00

$112.00 

Technology Fee

 $95.00

 $95.00

 $95.00

Total Fees

$420.92

$420.92

$420.92 

Total Tuition & Fees

***$22,669.92

***$11,269.92

 

Total Cost Per Year

 

$33,939.84

 
 Full Time Fees Northern Aviation Operations Specialization Year 2 2023-2024

 Please note the 2022-2023 fee are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.

Full Time FeesFallWinter
Tuition $24,624.00  $16,795.00
Campus Rec Fee $75.00 $75.00
Health & Dental Fee $126.00  $126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00  $112.00
Technology Fee  $95.00  $95.00
Total Fees $420.92 $420.92
Total Tuition & Fees  ***$25,009.92  ***$17,180.92
Total Cost Per Year  $42,190.84

Please note, these estimates are based on 100% enrollment for all semesters.

* Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage - deadlines can be found at StudentCare website
*** Tuition is due 10 business days before the start of each semester.

For more information view the Keyano College Credit Calendar

Program Structure

 Year 1 - Diploma Program Structure 
Below is the common first year program structure for the diploma program.
Year 1: Term I (September – December) 

Course

Course Title

Credits

AIR 100

Basic Flight Theory

4

AIR 101

Private Flight Lab I

3

AIR 102

Private Flight Lab II

3

BUS 110

Business Mathematics

3

BUS 130

Introductory Accounting I

3

Year 1: Term II (January - April) 

Course

Course Title

Credits

AIR 110

Advanced Flight Theory I

3

AIR 111

Advanced Flight Theory II

3

AIR 112

Intermediate Flight Lab

3

BUS 107

Business Communications I

3

BUS 191

Introduction to Management

3

 Year 2 - Airline Operations Specialization Program Structure

Below is the program structure for year two of the diploma program.

Year 2: Term I (September – December) 

Course

Course Title

Credits

AIR 200

Advanced Navigation Flight Lab

3

AIR 202

Commercial Flight Lab

3

AIR 211

Float Lab

2

BUS 239

Marketing

3

BUS 270

Organizational Behavior

3

Year 2: Term II (January - April) 

Course

Course Title

Credits

AIR 212

Multi-Engine Flight Lab

3

AIR 2XX

AIR 213: Single - Engine IFR Flight Lab (Option 1)

3

AIR 214: Multi - Engine IFR Flight Lab (Option 2)

AIR 215

Operational Flying and Safety Awareness

3

BUS  2XX

Business Elective

3

BUS 299

Strategic Management

3

 

 Year 2 - Northern Aviation Operations Specialization Program Structure
Below is the program structure for year two of the diploma program.
 Year 2: Term I (September – December)
 
Course Course Title Credits

AIR 202

Commercial Flight Lab

3

AIR 211

Float Lab

2

BUS 239

Marketing

3

BUS 270

Organizational Behavior

3

 Year 2: Term II (January - April)
 
Course Course Title Credits

AIR 212

Multi-Engine Flight Lab

3

AIR 215

Operational Flying and Safety Awareness

3

AIR 216

Wilderness & Remote First Response

3

BUS 293

New Enterprise Development

3

BUS 299

Strategic Management

3

 

 

Faculty and Staff

Our instructors prepare students for various careers in business ranging from Office Administration, Accounting to Resource Management.

Nermin Zukic - Chair and Instructor, Business

Nermin ZukicNermin holds a Ed.D. and Masters of Business Administration. Prior to joining Keyano, Nermin's diverse experiences include Post-Secondary administrative and teaching roles in Canada, China, and Saudi Arabia. He has experience in international economic development and post-conflict work (short and long-term) in Balkans, Republic of Georgia, and Libya, as well as business consulting and process reengineering in Canada and the U.S. , technology venture capital in Austria, and Nuclear research. 

His research interests are the impact of values on entrepreneurship, future of work learning methods/processes in PSE. 

 

 

 

Contact Information:

nermin.zukic@keyano.ca 

+1-780-791-4829

Ben Bramly- Business/Esports Instructor 

Ben BramlyBen joined the Keyano College Faculty in 2021, as an instructor in the Business Administration and Office Administration programs, as well as the Coach of the Huskies Esport team. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Management with Honours.  Prior to joining the team at Keyano College, Ben created and managed collegiate esports teams across Canada, as well as managing esports and retail facilities. His area of discipline is Esports Management, Leadership, and Operations.

Ben's research interest is the impact of varsity esports on the world of collegiate sports, and how gaming can promote teamwork, motor skills, and future success. 

 

 

Contact Information:

ben.bramly@keyano.ca

+1-613-849-7764

Greg Chandler - Business Instructor

Greg holds an MBA, CPA, and CGA. His area of discipline is accounting. 

 

Contact Information:

greg.chandeler@keyano.ca 

+1-780-715-3918

Amani Edwards - Business/Office Administration Instructor 

picture of manAmani joined the Keyano College faculty in 2018 and currently serves as an Office Administration instructor. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Science (Business Emphasis), a Business Administration diploma in Accounting, a Teacher’s diploma, and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas Permian Basin. Amani is a career educator who has been teaching since 2002. In addition to his teaching experience, Amani worked as an office administrator with a non-profit organization just before joining the faculty. He is a proud alumnus of Keyano College and is unwavering in his commitment to contribute to the development of our community. His areas of discipline are Information Science, Business Computing, and Business Mathematics and Statistics. 

Amani's research interests include; data mining and knowledge discovery, as well as big data and supply chain management.

 

Contact Information:

amani.edwards@keyano.ca 

+1-780-791-8956

Dr. Coert Erasmus - Business Instructor 

picture of male instructor Dr. Coert Eramus joined the Keyano College faculty in 2019 and is an instructor in the Business programs. He holds a Ph.D. in Management Studies and a Master of Commerce in Business Management from the University of South Africa. Dr. Erasmus completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pretoria where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Financial Management Sciences and a Bachelor of Commerce in Investment Management degree. He started his teaching career in 2010 and has extensive experience in the post-secondary education environment. Dr. Erasmus has published research papers on different topics in finance and banking. His areas of discipline are Finance and investments, financial accounting, and economics.

Dr. Erasmus's research interests include finance and accounting education, financial markets, and adult education.

 

Contact Information:

coert.erasmus@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-8919 

Uylander Jack - Business/Office Administration Instructor 

Picture of womanUylander joined the Keyano College faculty in 2019 and is an Instructor in Business and Office Administration programs. She holds a BSC, and a M.Sc. in Human Resource Development. With over 15 years of experience serving students at internationally accredited institutions, Uylander believes that the most lasting impact in a person’s life is made through education. Her conviction is that education is the medium by which dreams are created, and visions are born. Uylander’s passion is empowering students, this is done daily through her motto “empowering students one at a time”. Her areas of discipline are human resources, and administrative management.

Uylander's research interests are; immigrants resettling successfully, organizational design, future of work, and adult education.

 

Contact Information: 

uylander.jack@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4994

Gregory John Krabes - Business Instructor 
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Gregory Krabes joined Keyano College in August 2017. He also teaches at Athabasca University, and is a visiting professor at Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops BC). Prior to these appointments, he lectured and conducted research in Europe, China, and The Middle East. Before joining academia, Gregory was an Economic Diplomat with Société Générale de Surveillance headquartered in Geneva. Gregory holds a BBA and an MBA in Power Engineering. 

His areas of discipline are international business, policy, strategy, and economic diplomacy.

Gregory's research interests include; international education, international management, and global development. 

 

Contact Information: 

gregory.krabes@keyano.ca

+1-778-870-5060

Dr. Buarny Kunjappan - Business Instructor

buarny kunjappanDr. Buarny Kunjappan joined the Keyano College Business Faculty in 2022. His areas of discipline are financial accounting, and business marketing. Dr. Kunjappan holds a Ph.D., MPhil, MBA, and BCom. Prior to joining the Keyano College Faculty, he taught in Universities and Colleges in India, Oman, and Canada. Dr. Kunjappan also has experience working in B2B Marketing in India. 

 

His research interests include; financial accounting, business-to-business marketing, microeconomics, marketing research, consumer behaviour, and international marketing. 

 

Contact Information: 

burany.kunjappan@keyano.ca 

+1-780-791-4885

Rahul Paul - Business and Hospitality Instructor

rahul paulRahul Paul joined the Business Faculty at Keyano College in 2022. His areas of discipline are hospitality, tourism, and French language studies. Rahul holds a BA (hons), and MBA. Prior to joining the Business Faculty, Rahul worked with Oman, Switzerland and Canada. He has experience teaching French as a Foreign Language to Adults, as a Hotel General Manager, and a Hotel Rooms Division Manager. 

 

His research interests include; customer service and retention, as well as diversity in the workplace. 

 

Contact Information:

rahul.paul@keyano.ca 

+1-780-791-4861

Cristina Rensmaag-Izaguirre - Business/Office Administration Instructor 

cristina rensmaag-izzaguirreCristina holds an MA, and her area of discipline is communication studies, computer applications for business, and interpersonal skills. Prior to joining the faculty at Keyano College, she worked with Fujitsu Consulting Inc., and the University of Calgary.

Cristina's research interests include; diversity and inclusion in higher education, and communications research (mass media, digital media, and social media). 

Contact Information:

cristina.rensmaag@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-8939

Geraldine Rondot - Business Instructor 

Geraldine RondotGeraldine joined the Keyano College faculty in 2008 and is an instructor in the Business Department. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) with an M.B.A. in Strategic Management and a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources Management.

Prior to teaching, Geraldine accumulated over 25 years experience in Finance, Financial/Investment Management, Employee Benefits, and Human Resources Management. Her area of discipline is human resources and strategic management. 

Geraldine's research interests include; International Post-Secondary Education. 

 

Contact Information:

gerri.rondot@keyano.ca

+1-780-972-0599

Dr. Pratibha Shalini - Business Instructor

Pratibha Shalini Dr. Pratibha Shalini holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from Delhi University, an M.Sc. in International Financial Management (UK), and a Ph.D. from the University of the West of Scotland (UK).

From 2011-2014, Dr. Shalini worked as a Credit Analyst in Barclays UK Corporate Banking, followed by a four year stint in Retail Banking with TSB Bank in Glasgow, UK. Since 2020, her focus has been Post-Secondary teaching roles in Canada. 

Her areas of discipline are economics, business mathematics, operations management, and international business.

Dr. Shalini's research interests include; financial inclusion, financial literacy, behaviour economics, and economic and social development. 

 

 

 

Contact Information: 

pratibha.shalini@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-8946