Nancy Shane Hocking has spent over a decade in the airline industry where she has held several leadership positions, including Director of Pilot Sourcing and Industry Outreach at Endeavor Air and Vice President of Training and Employee Development at Cape Air. Nancy has also worked extensively in education where she has taught students at both the secondary and post-secondary level, the latter of which was in the aviation department at Farmingdale State College in New York. She continues to mentor several of the students from that program as they begin their careers as airline pilots. Nancy’s current role is managing the Pilot Gateway Programs at JetBlue Airways where she oversees the various pathways that help prospective pilots make their way to a JetBlue flight deck.
In the past several years, Nancy has been involved in research on pilot sourcing, hiring and performance, specifically as those areas relate to the First Officer Qualification ruling. Her research has been published, has been utilized as supportive material by an aviation rulemaking advisory committee and has been cited in testimony to Congress. Her doctoral dissertation examined how a pilot’s background, education and recency of experience impact performance in training at a regional airline. Recent conferences where Nancy has presented include the National Training Aircraft Symposium, Regional Airline Association and World Airline Training Conference and Tradeshow. Nancy is on the board of the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) and maintains strong relationships with both industry and academia stakeholders.
Nancy holds a Ph.D in aerospace sciences from the University of North Dakota, a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and a master’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She is also a multi-engine instrument-rated pilot and holds an aircraft dispatcher certificate.