Van Bishop
Business Development

Van serves as the Business Development Manager and Corporate Pilot for Flying Tigers Aviation, bringing more than 34 years' experience in aviation to our company. Van has successfully owned, operated and sold, two successful FBO,s that were involved in everything from Flight training, Air Taxi, Aircraft Maintenance, Aircraft refueling, and Aircraft Sales. In addition, Van has served as a Chief Pilot, a Director of Operations, and a Check Airman for three different air taxi operators between 1978 and 1987. Van also has experience as a Corporate Pilot managing several Corporate Aircraft, both turbine and piston.

In 1999 Van was presented with an opportunity to pursue a different side of the aviation business in aviation fuel sales and supply with the Valley Oil Company. Assigned with 14 South Eastern States, Van acted as a business consultant as well as fuel supply and sales to FBOs both large and small for privately owned and municipality operated FBOs.

In 2005 Van was recruited by Evergreen International Airlines, to secure fuel internationally for the company's global operations. In 2007, Van moved to the Western Petroleum Company managing fuel sales and business consulting. During this time, some of Van's clients included some of the most successful FBOs on the West Coast. The territory included California, Arizona, and parts of Nevada and Oregon. Van attended Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Instrument, Multi engine, and Multi engine Instrument certificates as well as written test examiner for eight years.