Attracting Enough Talented Pilots is Aviation’s Challenge

I recently read a very good article on AOPA Online’s Training and Safety Page that began like this: Over the next 20 years, the aviation industry will need more than 1 million pilots and aircraft technicians to fly and maintain the aircraft needed to support commercial air travel growth, a Boeing representative said March 10 at the International Women in Aviation conference in Dallas.

The article’s author asks the same question that most of us in the Aviation Industry have been asking since it became obvious that there is a tremendous shortage of commercial pilots facing us now and into the future at a time when new commercial pilots are needed the most.

“Where will we find all of that talent, and how are we going to train them?” said Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services, a business unit of Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Noting that just 6 percent of the current pilot population are women, Carbary said only about 3.5 percent of female pilots hold airline transport pilot certificates, and only about 2.7 percent of maintenance technicians are women. She asked the pilots in the audience to raise their hands, and remarked, “Over half the room. These are the stats we have to have reflected in our numbers across the United States and the world, so we have a lot of work to do.”

“Tomorrow’s aviation workforce is going to be different than today’s,” she said. “They’re more worldly, more technologically savvy, open to change, and certainly more socially connected. They want information when they want it, where they want it, and how they want it.”

Attracting and training talented young people will be a challenge for the industry so that it can continue to be a vital contributor to economic growth, Carbary said.

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