By DALE FORTON.
Aviation Workforce Development, in partnership with the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA), will hold the first-ever Aviation/Aerospace Workforce Issues Think Tank May 7 in Minneapolis.
Aviation Workforce Development would be a catalyst to oversee a national incentive to reach into middle and high school programs with a curriculum that will be fully assessed for effectiveness and function.
Industry feedback and oversight is needed to ensure this new initiative would “change the numbers” for those entering aviation/aerospace career tracks.
Those onboard so far with a seat at the table include: Dr. Tara Harl and the board of directors for Aviation Workforce Development; Mark Albert, Boeing’s director of training and development; officials from Jeppesen; Mitch Kilian, director of government affairs for the Metropolitan Airports Commission in Minneapolis; Trish Gilbert, vice president, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA); Ed Bolen, president, National Aviation Business Association (NBAA); PAMA President Dale Forton; Derrin Groubel, director of flight training, United Airlines; Craig Fuller, president, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA); and Sarah MacLeod, executive director ARSA.
Officials from the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) and the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) have expressed interest as well.
For more information: AviationWorkforceDevelopment.org