About Us

About Us

The experience you demand and deserve.

Our Company:  Established in 1991, Airway Charter Services is the longest-running charter operation at the Santa Barbara Airport. We have the experience to assure that your travel needs are fulfilled professionally, on time, and with the highest standards of safety.

History

The seeds of Airway Charter Services were first planted in 1985 with an Aerostar. Operations were officially established in Santa Barbara in 1991 in order to provide a better overall charter experience to our valued customers, which included the transition to several turboprop aircraft (Beechcraft King Air).

We have continued to grow steadily as we expanded into jet aircraft, with the intent to not only meet but to exceed the ever-changing needs of today’s demanding traveler.

Today we proudly operate the most popular business jet in the world, the Citation XLS+. Our 30 years of experience and a flawless safety record assure you that you are in good hands with Airway Charter Services.

Philosophy

To provide the highest level of safety, comfort and reliability in private Charter Aviation.

We accomplish this by utilizing a pro-active approach in all aspects of our operation. Our expertise and emphasis on attention to detail ensure your flight will go seamlessly without any surprises.

Our Proud Pilots

Our pilots are the most professional, well trained, customer service-oriented in the industry. Each pilot is trained and checked to pilot-in-command standards and undergoes semi-annual flight simulator training, giving you the benefit of two Captain-qualified pilots on the flight deck at all times. Additionally, all of our Captains are full-time, non-union employees with extensive executive aviation experience, providing you the comfort of seeing the same pilots on every charter flight.

Management

Glenn Bjorkman

Glenn Bjorkman

Director of Operations

Glenn has been flying for over 40 years, and has been with the company since 1985. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, 2 Type ratings, a Gold Flight Safety Proficiency Card for the Excel, Instructor Certificates, as well a Commercial Glider rating. Glenn has extensive Corporate and Charter flying experience.

O.R. (Olie) Okpysh

O.R. (Olie) Okpysh

Director of Maintenance

Olie has over 20 years of aviation experience. He serves as Director of Maintenance for Airway Charter Services as well as several Fortune 500 Companies. In addition to his broad based aviation maintenance experience, Olie is also a graduate Mechanical Engineer, graduating with honors from Queens University, Ontario Canada. Unparalleled safety is his number one objective.

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