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API Founder Janice K. Barden was among the first female professionals in business aviationOct. 2011 – In 1971, Federal Express, Amtrak and more than 25 air carriers, including Southwest Airlines, were considered startups. That was also the same year that Janice K. Barden benefited from her 16 years as a professional aviation psychologist to create her own startup— Aviation Personnel International, the first female owned and operated retained search firm designed exclusively to serve the hiring needs of private and business aviation professionals. “Since joining NBAA as member No. 173, I developed a battery of psychological tests and helped at least two generations of aviation professionals propel their careers forward,” Janice K. Barden, Founder and Chairman of Aviation Personnel International (www.APIaviation.com). I'm especially proud of the hundreds of meticulously vetted candidates who’ve made such a positive impact on private and corporate aviation, making it stronger, safer and more professional. It has truly been a privilege to witness the level of talent as well as the hiring process mature these past 40 years.” On the business/corporate side, today’s aviation organizations are becoming more supported by all levels of the organization—from human resources (HR) and finance to security and risk management. The API (www.APIaviation.com) team builds relationships with aviation and HR hiring authorities. “Not only do we see HR professionals coming to API to tap into our broad portfolio of carefully screened candidates, they rely on us for our four decades of aviation expertise,” says Sheryl Barden, President and CEO of API. “As anyone in the industry knows, it’s a whole different ballgame when a company is faced with hiring an aviation professional who spends a significant portion of their ‘day at the office’ within earshot of top officials—not to mention, they may be required to depart at all times of the day, month and year—including holidays.” For aviation organizations in need of staffing assistance, visit here and for aviation professionals who are seeking career opportunities, visit here and apply to become an API Registered Professional.
Sheryl Barden, president of Aviation Personnel International, will be a panelist at the NBAA Safety Town Hall on Tuesday, October 11. The session, set for 9 to 11 a.m. in room N232, will cover ways to develop and train business aviation safety professionals; ways to foster and measure change regarding safety, equipment, data collection and other key areas; and ways to recruit effectively and avoid personnel shortages. San Francisco-based API, which is celebrating 40 years in aviation, claims to be the longest-running recruiting business focused exclusively on corporate and private flight departments.
NBAA Webinar Will Offer Expert Guidance on Managing a Cross-Generation Workplace“In today’s world, careers are lengthening, and what we have is unprecedented: four different generations in the workplace at the same time,” said Janet Bressler, president of AOPA Insurance Agency and a member of NBAA’s Corporate Aviation Management Committee (CAMC). Businesses today are comprised of Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials, spanning over six decades. Bressler and other members of NBAA’s CAMC said this presents unique challenges to companies that operate business airplanes, but can provide important benefits to an organization if each generation’s potential can be harnessed. “Each generation brings different values, different approaches, different expectations to the flight department,” said Sheryl Barden, president and CEO of Aviation Personnel International and also a member of the CAMC. “In order to run safe and effective operations, we are called upon to have a very structured culture in the flight department. In many ways that’s a Baby Boomer culture, so securing the buy-in of younger professionals can be a challenge.” If team members are not engaged in the culture of a flight department, which includes the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and crew resource management (CRM), it can create a very real safety hazard, said the CAMC members. “Especially on the maintenance floor, or in the tight quarters of a cockpit, being able to communicate clearly and follow proper procedures requires professionals of different generations to have a basic understanding of where each other is coming from,” said Bressler. That understanding begins with an appreciation of the factors that define each generation, according to NBAA’s Jo Damato, director, operations & educational development, including work/life balance, work hour flexibility, use of technology, preferred attire and even language, as it is written, spoken and texted. “Xers and Millennials tend to be more concerned with quality of life and they tend to need more recognition to keep them engaged, which can be off-putting to managers of earlier generations,” said Barden, “But they bring incredible skills and innovation to the teams they join.” Bressler and Barden have worked with Damato to offer an NBAA Webinar on November 16 featuring generational educator Lynne Lancaster, co-founder of BridgeWorks, presenting an overview of the four generations and how they differ. Lancaster will help participants manage more effectively by learning how to connect with team members of each generation. “Generational issues touch every NBAA Member,” said Bressler. “We are facing a looming pilot shortage and maintenance professional shortage across business aviation. We need to look to the next generation to keep this industry alive.”