|The aviation industry is somewhat unique in its talent requirements. Highly skilled and experienced personnel are essential to safe, effective and efficient operations. This includes all functional areas. While people outside the industry might think first, or even exclusively, of pilots when they hear the term "aviation talent," aviation professionals understand that flight crews, ground crews, scheduling and operations teams, and the vendors that support aviation all require a continual stream of high-quality talent.
Unfortunately, there is growing concern that the business aviation talent pool is shrinking, and that a talent shortage will have wide-ranging effects. This may include everything from minor scheduling challenges to major safety issues.
Why is Aviation Experiencing a Talent Shortage
Most industry experts believe the aviation talent pipeline is diminishing. In fact, some have observed that aviation is experiencing a "perfect storm" of talent challenges, with factors that include:
- Industry growth and the accompanying increase in demand
- An aging workforce that is approaching retirement
- Growing concerns about "quality of life" issues
- Interest in aviation careers that is flat or even declining