The Aviation Personnel Shortfall is coming
The 2019 News from Pilot and Mechanics Schools and Colleges
For a while, the news about future pilots, aviation maintenance technicians, cabin crews and other professions has been characterized by dire words like SHORTFALL, DEFICIT, DEARTH, SHORTAGE, DISASTER, etc. As the 2019-2020 school year begins, there is some good news about the personnel pipeline in key professions!!!
…The Prescott, Ariz., campus is expecting 850 new students, a 23 percent increase over last year. This will push total enrollment to almost 3,000 students — the highest number since the campus opened in 1978. Additionally, this incoming class has the highest academic profile ever (average GPA of 3.74 and average SAT of 1260), as well as the highest percentage of female students: 28 percent of the student body…
For the sixth year in a row, the Daytona Beach Campus will also welcome its largest freshmen class, of more than 1,950 students, boosting total enrollment to about 7,000 Eagles. This class represents an increase of nearly 300 students, or 18 percent, from the campus’s 2018 class, and boasts the highest academic profile in campus history, as well (average GPA of 3.79 and average SAT of 1236). Students at the Daytona Beach Campus also come from all 50 states and 110 different countries. Additionally, many degree programs will be at record levels this fall, particularly the flight program and Aerospace Engineering. In Daytona Beach and Prescott combined, total enrollment in the university’s residential Aeronautical Science programs leading to a bachelor’s degree for professional pilots has increased about 25 percent over the last three years, with enrollment up from 2,000 students as of fall 2018, to an expected 2,300 arriving for the fall 2019 semester.
Across all campuses, new programs for fall 2019 include master’s degrees in Occupational Safety Management as well as Data Science, in Daytona Beach; a bachelor’s degree in Human Factors Psychology, on the Prescott, Ariz., campus; a new bachelor’s degree in Business Analytics and a master’s in Emergency Services, via the Worldwide Campus.
In as little as 16 months, PIA graduates are prepared to test for the Federal Aviation Administration’s airframe and power plant certification, which qualifies them to work within the aviation maintenance industry.
Hallmark University began its free Aerospace College Head-start Institute (Aero CHI) program two years ago with a group of NEISD high school students, training them in aerospace education during the early mornings of their school days. These students have completed their high school training program, having saved themselves over $10,000 in tuition and will reach their goal of receiving two associate degrees from Hallmark University’s College of Aeronautics in under a year. The benefits of Aero CHI have helped two cohorts of high school students from NEISD in the last two years, and will now benefit more as Hallmark University enrolls a third NEISD cohort and announces an expansion to two new schools under SAISD.
Hallmark University began Aero CHI after a report from the Boeing Company revealed a projected shortage of over 760,000 aircraft technicians worldwide over the next 20 years. With aviation recognized as one of the largest industries in San Antonio, every graduate from Hallmark University’s College of Aeronautics has an abundance of well-paying career opportunities available to them. Graduates of Aero CHI can use the program as a pathway to grow from lower-income communities to find a high paying career to change their families lives for the better. Providing opportunities for San Antonio’s youth is a challenge and an opportunity that Hallmark University is proud to undertake.
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — Officials with the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program, which has provided more than 2.1 million free flight experiences to kids, has hit another milestone: 60,000 of those Young Eagles have enrolled in Sporty’s Learn to Fly course, offered free to the kids.
The Sporty’s Learn to Fly course offers ground school, test prep, and more. Content includes in-flight HD video, 3D animations, and easy-to-understand instruction that prepare students to earn private, recreational, and sport pilot certificates.
Students also gain access to narrated flight maneuvers, analytical tools, and even access to a CFI if extra help is needed, officials note.
EVERETT, Wash. – Everett Community College’s Aviation Maintenance Technician School will offer aviation maintenance and advanced avionics classes during second shift for the first time starting Fall quarter.
“The new cohort is designed to offer added flexibility and accessibility for working students and students with families,” said EvCC Associate Dean of Aviation Rob Prosch.
Aviation maintenance classes will be offered 3 to 9:30 p.m. Advanced avionics classes are 3 to 9 p.m. Both classes are Monday through Friday and start Sept. 24.
…The 2017 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook forecasts that between now and 2036 the aviation industry will need more than 648,000 maintenance technicians.
…EvCC’s FAA-Approved Part 147 Aviation Maintenance Technician School has been providing training for more than 50 years.
The school recently added an advanced avionics program, making EvCC the first college in the state to train students in how to maintain, troubleshoot and repair aircraft electronics systems. The college created the program after hearing about the need for aircraft electronics technicians from industry, Prosch said.
Jill Cole, President of American Flyers next to their new addition
to the fleet, a 2019 Piper PA-44 Seminole
One of the main cornerstones of American Flyers is that training can be customized to fit each individual students’ needs, which is unique in the industry. To guarantee that they can meet specific scheduling needs, they offer everything from one-on-one training, career training, to 15-day or 30-day flight instructor programs…
Adding on to their distinct training program is the use of simulators for flight training. American Flyers has been a leader in aviation advancement in the entirety of its 80 years, and was the first flight school to use simulators in training. In fact, they worked with Frasca International to help build the first simulator, making them a key player in flight simulation. Their use of simulators is a central component in the success of general flying skills and for practicing maneuvers. This is an element that many flight schools do not offer, further differentiating American Flyers from the competition.
Today, American Flyers runs six training facilities across Florida, New Jersey, Texas and Arizona and has a new, state of the art location being built in Pompano Beach, FLAmerican Flyers has a fleet of over 40 aircrafts and 25 simulators, accompanied by over 185 highly-trained and devoted employee
The flight school has over 2,500 students from all around the world each year that join the American Flyers family via their locations and online
FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines has announced it is hiring aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs) around the country during the first half of 2019. The company’s Line Maintenance team plans to hire more than 250 AMTs in approximately 30 cities as a result of increased demand for maintenance support in the U.S. as the airline’s peak summer season approaches.
“This big hiring push is all about providing additional support for our daily mainline departures and reinforcing the operational reliability of our airline as we prepare for our peak travel period and beyond,” said Paul Wroble, Vice President of Line Maintenance. “Increasing our maintenance team, which currently comprises more than 9,000 licensed AMTs, will enable us to continue our focus of improving the overall travel experience for our customers and team members.”
American is dedicated to promoting careers in the maintenance field and working to foster an interest in the industry in individuals as early as elementary school. The airline has been involved in several Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiatives geared toward reaching youth. For instance, American’s Line Maintenance team in Los Angeles partnered with Project Scientist Academy and Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum as part of an initiative that supports aspiring young aviators from Compton, California. American also participates in and helps fund various programs geared toward young girls, such as Girls SOAR! Aviation Days and Girls in STEM, to offer fun, inspiring and educational activities related to STEM and aviation.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Enrollment is booming at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and other flight schools as pilots at major airlines are hitting retirement age.
The school’s assistant dean Kenneth Byrnes tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal “there’s jobs like there hasn’t been in a long, long time.”
When classes begin Aug. 26, the school’s residential campuses in Daytona Beach and Prescott, Arizona, are expecting a 20% increase in enrollment over 2018, when there were nearly 2,000 aeronautical science students.
The Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne has seen “steady growth” in its flight school over the past three years.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide held its commencement ceremony June 1 in the Blue Angels Atrium at the National Naval Aviation Museum. (Photo: Courtesy of Carol Z. Monroe)
Associate Dean Isaac Silver says a pilot shortage is driving enrollment.
Silver says pilots at regional airlines are replacing retiring pilots. That means regional carriers are looking for “qualified first officers.”
…there is another side to this numbers game. It is one Boeing cast into the limelight in the Pilot & Technician Outlook 2019-2038. Boeing’s report exposes a need for 193,000 aircraft maintenance technicians by 2038 in the U.S. alone. The report predicts a greater need in the Asia Pacific region, which will require 266,000 new technicians. Other countries will face similar constraints: Europe will need 137,000 technicians, the Middle East 69,000, Latin America 52,000, Africa 27,000, and Russia/Central Asia 25,000. The report further warns the shortage may limit aviation’s growth as maintenance companies pass on facility expansions and turn down work. “Every associated technical skill … mechanic, sheet/metal structures technician, welders, machinists, painters, composite technicians, fuel cell technicians, avionic specialist electricians, non-destructive testing, and inspectors are sought across the industry,” reports Brady Templeton, president…
It appears that the projected personnel deficit
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may be improving. Soon there may be students like these headed to the aviation profession.
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