Top 40 Under 40: Fin Bonset

Fin Bonset’s grandfather was an expert airplane modeler and took him to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to watch airplanes every weekend. “I fell in love with aviation when I was 4 years old,” says the senior manager of The Louis Berger Group/Global Aviation Services.

Bonset started his aviation career after six years of college at the Florida Institute of Technology where he obtained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (in addition to his FAA commercial pilot license for multi-engine aircraft and instrument rating). During this time, Bonset started working for Palm Beach County, Fla. as a noise abatement intern. This foot in the door eventually led to a junior airport planning position with a smaller domestic firm where he began immersing himself into airport master planning. Utilizing his international background, Bonset acquired positions with international firms and quickly rose to senior airport planner levels working on projects in various countries within Latin America. Domestically he was able to work for airports including Southwest Florida International Airport and Orlando Executive Airport. Bonset held a full-time position as a professor of aeronautics at the Florida Institute of Technology for three years. He still teaches there as an adjunct professor and has helped more than 1,000 students pursue aviation careers. He ran his own consulting company where he had dual roles: as CEO and project manager for a multitude of international airport planning projects, and worked as director of marketing, sales and development for software company, Simtra AeroTech. Bonset now works as a senior project manager for The Louis Berger Group where he is responsible for international projects and business development. Current projects with Louis Berger include work in Brazil, Colombia, Namibia, Israel, and Phoenix.

He tells those hoping to make their mark on aviation to: “Try something new within your field every two years and never get stuck doing one type of skill. A background in multiple disciplines will allow you to excel and give you the ultimate freedom of developing your own direction in your career.”

“Fin has many achievements and has been involved in international planning for 16 years. As adjunct professor at Florida Tech’s College of Aeronautics, he has taught airport planning and design to more than 1,000 students, and received the college’s distinguished faculty award in 2006.”

Javier Gonzalez, senior manager/Global Aviation, The Louis Berger Group