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Capt. Paul ‘BJ’ Ransbury

Chief Executive Officer

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Captain Paul Weston ‘BJ’ Ransbury (RCAF – Ret’d), Chief Executive Officer of Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) since 2005, exemplifies mission-driven leadership where his stewardship has been pivotal in steering the organization unfailingly towards its noble purpose of We Help Pilots Bring Everyone Home Safely. He attributes longstanding growth and success to the team …

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve in an organization of such dedicated professionals. Together with the collective efforts and unwavering commitment of the entire APS team—individuals who are truly exemplary in their field—we have made industry-transforming strides to comprehensively mitigate the risk of Loss of Control In-flight. For over 25 years, our team has been devoted to pioneering and perfecting solutions that fundamentally enhance every graduate’s core competencies and operational safety.”

– Paul ‘BJ’ Ransbury

With Ransbury at the helm, APS has risen to the forefront of Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) globally, spearheading the development, optimization, sharing, and delivery of modernized international standards of UPRT excellence that comprehensively address the in-flight risk of Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I), aviation’s top fatal threat to air safety. His expertise is not confined to the executive suite; as a former military fighter pilot, airline pilot, gold seal flight instructor, and professional aerobatic airshow performer, Ransbury brings a wealth of flying experience to bear on APS’s mission. This unique blend of skills and first-hand in-the-field experience allows him to effectively bridge the gap between advanced training curricula and corporate training objectives, ensuring that every graduate is awarded the APS brand promise of “Every Pilot Trained – In Control – All The Time.” Ransbury’s decades of experience as an advanced UPRT flight instructor at APS is distinguished by his recognition as a 7-time Master Certified Flight Instructor (MCFI). This rare achievement underscores his exceptional expertise, aviation safety focus, and dedication to flight training, awarded to a select few in the aviation community.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Ransbury is deeply invested in the broader aviation community and leadership development. His tenure as Chairman of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Safety Committee and contributions to international LOC-I mitigation efforts underscore his commitment to advancing aviation safety worldwide. Additionally, his recognition by the Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award highlights his devotion to unifying integrity and quality within the industry. Ransbury’s academic achievements, including his BSc in Honor Mathematics & Physics from the Royal Military College of Canada, MBA studies at Southern New Hampshire University, and Delta Mu Delta International Business Honor Society membership, reflect his ongoing pursuit of knowledge and excellence. More at LinkedIn –

His dedication to his family is at the heart of Ransbury’s many achievements. Residing in Queen Creek, Arizona, with his wife and four children, he achieves a balance between professional dedication and personal commitment. His interests in flying, boating, astrophysics, chess, writing, and swimming mirror the passion and curiosity that drive his professional endeavors. Paul “BJ” Ransbury’s career combines professional expertise with a steadfast commitment to safety, leadership, and family.

Instructor Qualifications

  • 7-time Master Certified Flight Instructor – Aerobatic
  • Gold Seal Flight Instructor
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI), Instrument Instructor Airplane (CFII), and Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI)
  • Former Part 141 Chief Flight Instructor at APS (5 Years)
  • Class 1 Aerobatic Instructor (Transport Canada)
  • Military
    • Fighter Weapons Instructor Course (FWIC) Graduate
    • Bombardier Flying Instruction Techniques Course Graduate

Military Fighter Pilot Experience

  • 12 Years Canadian Armed Forces: F-18 Hornet Fighter Pilot Fighter
  • Electronic Warfare and Advanced Radar Graduate
  • 416 Tactical Fighter Squadron
  • 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron
  • 410 and 419 Tactical Fighter (Training) Squadrons


  • B.Sc. Honors Mathematics and Physics – Royal Military College of Canada
  • Final Year of Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

Air Show Qualifications

  • International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Certified Air Show Performer – Solo/Formation Aerobatics (Former Level 1/Surface Certified)


  • Delta Mu Delta – International Academic Honor Society in Business
  • The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)
  • National Business Aviation Association, NBAA Safety Committee – Chairman
  • Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (S.A.F.E.)
  • Upset Prevention and Recovery Training Association (UPRTA)
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
  • Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
  • International Aerobatic Club (IAC)
  • National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI)
  • International Council of Air Shows (ICAS)
  • Council on Unusual Attitude Training Education (CUATE)
  • International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes (ICATEE)

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