Since 1979 when John Hopkinson & Associates Ltd. was formed, Mr. Hopkinson has been an independent aircraft broker and consultant, specializing in corporate and commuter type aircraft, with an emphasis on North American and International markets. Excellent transportation and communications facilities in Calgary have allowed Mr. Hopkinson to buy and sell aircraft from Calgary, Alberta on an international level. Projects have been carried out and completed in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. Mr. Hopkinson has dealt with most of the major airframe manufacturers as well as many of the major corporations in Canada.
Mr. Hopkinson has been active in the aviation industry in his youth. A general aviation interest from his family led to his first employment in a family owned aircraft fixed base operation and charter business, at the age of eighteen, where he started as a commercial pilot flying twin engine aircraft in south-western Ontario. Mr. Hopkinson now has over 8,500 hours of flying experience and, along with the accumulated hands on business experience over the years, has been extremely beneficial.
Through his worldwide travels, Mr. Hopkinson has developed an extensive network of international contacts. He specializes in the buying and selling of aircraft of the commuter and corporate size, but variance of this status has been known to exist. His business experience has been entirely aviation related since the 1960s with the exception of a short period in the 1970s. With the advent of the corporate jet and the popularity of the regional airlines, Mr. Hopkinson’s focus has grown with the change of equipment to the type of products specialized in today.