“I love to fly, it makes me smile,” said Paul Severino, who operates charter flights from Collingwood Airport.
A local man is going to great lengths for his dream job with a new charter airline company based at the Collingwood Regional Airport.
Paul Severino started his career as a commercial pilot in the mid-2000s, but left the profession in 2011 when a recession caused a shortage of work for pilots.
He and his wife started a plastic recycling business, Kanata Plastics, near Barrie, and he eventually “convinced his wife” to let him get on a plane.
“I love to fly, it makes me smile,” he said.
Severino bought a PA-31-350 Chieftan aircraft and accepted a friend who offered to join his charter airline.
He joined London-based BlueStar Air Services to become the Collingwood branch of the airline.
Severino has two other pilots and will operate charter flights with a two-pilot crew that can accommodate up to six passengers. Its first passenger flight with the new aircraft and as part of the new venture was on October 26, 2021. It took passengers to New York and back.
BlueStar’s certification allows Severino to fly anywhere in North America or the Caribbean, but he said the ideal distance was around three hours of flight time (such as from Collingwood to Boston). A flight from Collingwood to Toronto takes about 25 minutes, as the Chieftan can fly at around 400 km / h.
“I was a born pilot,” Severino said. “It’s my passion, it’s what I love. To have the chance now, as a plane owner and business, that’s great. It’s surreal after all the work we’ve put into it.
It will offer charter flights 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For now, the Collingwood BlueStar branch is a single plane, but Severino has said he will work to grow one day.
“My real passion is aviation, so yes my goal is to grow slowly,” he said.
You can reach Paul Severino at 705-391-8412 or by email at [email protected]