Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Manager

Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Manager
Airfield operations personnel providing ground services to aircraft.
FBO Managers plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities at airports.

About the Career

A fixed base operator (FBO) is a retail firm that sells general aviation products or services at an airport. The FBO Manager may supervise one or two people, or as many as one hundred workers. An FBO Manager oversee a variety of services offered at an aviation facility and may even be responsible for multiple FBO locations.

On the job you will:

Oversee work associated with:

  • Aircraft fueling operations
  • Airframe, engine, and/or instrument repairs
  • Avionics sales and service
  • Aircraft modifications
  • Flight training; ground school
  • Aircraft rentals and sales
  • Air taxi service and charter flights

Depending upon the size and scope of the airport operations, the FBO manager will supervise line personnel, mechanics, avionics technicians, flight instructors, and aircraft sales people. The FBO manager may also oversee small aviation mechanics training operations, and if a licensed aviation mechanic, supervise the work of mechanics.


Average Salary: $90,375
Salary Range: $51,865 - $137,425
Education: 4 Year Degree
Outlook: Poor (less than 1% growth)

Education and Training

FBO managers are generally required to hold a bachelor's degree in transportation management. Often times the degree will need to be specific for a particular mode of transportation such as aviation or freight. 

General training opportunities related to the career can be acquired from organizations such as the National Air Transport Association (NATA).

Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Descriptions are based on general guidelines and industry standards and job duties may vary by employer and specific industry. Labor projections utilize data for the North Central Texas region and may vary from national statistics.

Critical Skills

Critical Thinking
Time Management
Complex Problem Solving