Title

Pilot-Supply Sustainability—Standards, Outreach, and Mentoring

Presenter Email

lindsey.vanbeusekom@alpa.org

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

Other Topic Area

Mentoring

Abstract

In recent years, aviation universities in the United States have been experiencing strong student interest in flight training and career as a professional pilot, while some regional airlines and flight operators have experienced challenges in meeting the hiring demand for pilots. In many cases, these challenges have been resolved by improving the work/life balance, pay, and career-progression aspects provided by the airline.

The industry must be proactive in attracting people to the career. In addition, the pilot-supply chain should be viewed as an ecosystem, one that must maintain the capability and capacity to train and certify future generations of pilots.

The first officer qualification standards provide essential structure within the pilot ecosystem by providing a continuous stream of flight instructors to train the next generation of pilots. Without the current rules, most pilots may never flight instruct and instead go straight to an airline pilot position. Equally important is the professional, practical, and academic development of pilots as they begin and progress in their careers. Mentoring can be leveraged to increase the retention of flight students, improve the quality of training, and increase pilot performance within the airline environment.

To maintain the pilot supply needed into the future, the ecosystem of flight training and entry-level flying must be maintained, and the industry must be cognizant of changes that may upset the equilibrium that exists today. This includes making the career attractive through improving working conditions, promoting the profession, and mentoring through all phases of a pilot’s career.

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Pilot-Supply Sustainability—Standards, Outreach, and Mentoring

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

In recent years, aviation universities in the United States have been experiencing strong student interest in flight training and career as a professional pilot, while some regional airlines and flight operators have experienced challenges in meeting the hiring demand for pilots. In many cases, these challenges have been resolved by improving the work/life balance, pay, and career-progression aspects provided by the airline.

The industry must be proactive in attracting people to the career. In addition, the pilot-supply chain should be viewed as an ecosystem, one that must maintain the capability and capacity to train and certify future generations of pilots.

The first officer qualification standards provide essential structure within the pilot ecosystem by providing a continuous stream of flight instructors to train the next generation of pilots. Without the current rules, most pilots may never flight instruct and instead go straight to an airline pilot position. Equally important is the professional, practical, and academic development of pilots as they begin and progress in their careers. Mentoring can be leveraged to increase the retention of flight students, improve the quality of training, and increase pilot performance within the airline environment.

To maintain the pilot supply needed into the future, the ecosystem of flight training and entry-level flying must be maintained, and the industry must be cognizant of changes that may upset the equilibrium that exists today. This includes making the career attractive through improving working conditions, promoting the profession, and mentoring through all phases of a pilot’s career.