Presenter Email

nancy.shane@jetblue.com

Location

Jim W. Henderson Administration & Welcome Center (Bldg. #602)

Start Date

13-8-2018 10:30 AM

End Date

13-8-2018 12:00 PM

Submission Type

Presentation

Abstract

The JetBlue University Gateway program was the first pathway program in our industry. When it started, it offered the only structured path for aviation students to earn an aviation degree, build time as a flight instructor, gain experience at a regional partner and then end up as a first officer – and eventually a captain - on a JetBlue airplane. Now almost 10 years after its inception, the program continues to help young pilots as they make their way from dreaming of the skies to sitting in a JetBlue airplane. While still going strong, the University Gateway program is not the only creative approach JetBlue has taken to sourcing pilots. In recent years, JetBlue has also added focus to Transition Gateway, a program designed to help current crewmembers in other departments become JetBlue pilots, and Gateway Select, an innovative program that is designed to help a person with high potential but little or no flying experience make his/her way to a JetBlue flight deck. This presentation will give an overview of these three JetBlue Gateway programs - University, Transition and Select - and will show how JetBlue is creatively, proactively and effectively planning for the future.

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Presented during Session 2: Pilot Supply

Presenter Biography

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.

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Aug 13th, 10:30 AM Aug 13th, 12:00 PM

JetBlue Pilot Gateway Programs: Creative Approaches to Pilot Sourcing

Jim W. Henderson Administration & Welcome Center (Bldg. #602)

The JetBlue University Gateway program was the first pathway program in our industry. When it started, it offered the only structured path for aviation students to earn an aviation degree, build time as a flight instructor, gain experience at a regional partner and then end up as a first officer – and eventually a captain - on a JetBlue airplane. Now almost 10 years after its inception, the program continues to help young pilots as they make their way from dreaming of the skies to sitting in a JetBlue airplane. While still going strong, the University Gateway program is not the only creative approach JetBlue has taken to sourcing pilots. In recent years, JetBlue has also added focus to Transition Gateway, a program designed to help current crewmembers in other departments become JetBlue pilots, and Gateway Select, an innovative program that is designed to help a person with high potential but little or no flying experience make his/her way to a JetBlue flight deck. This presentation will give an overview of these three JetBlue Gateway programs - University, Transition and Select - and will show how JetBlue is creatively, proactively and effectively planning for the future.

 

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