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EBACE 2016 Skills Shortage Panel

A business aviation skills shortage – especially for pilots and maintenance technicians – is already starting to bite in the United States. At a 2016 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2016) panel, representatives from across the industry, including API's Sheryl Barden, considered whether Europe would face the same strains.

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Business Aviation Insider - aviation internships

Providing business aviation internships for young people might be the best way to attract new talent. Finding ways to attract young, talented workers to business aviation has bedeviled industry stakeholders for years. As hundreds of experienced baby boomers with institutional knowledge retire – and with most collegiate aviation programs focused on airline job opportunities – business aviation must consider new methods to effectively draw suitable candidates to the industry. Among all the possibilities, internships have shown to be one of the most effective methods of grooming new business aviation professionals. View the article in the NBAA Business Aviation Insider.

NBAA business aviation millennials “The baby boomers, who’ve been the backbone of our business aviation industry, are retiring,” said Sheryl Barden, president and CEO of Aviation Personnel International. “Now, we’ve got a new generation coming in, with all-new energy and new ways of solving problems,” ... business aviation millennials. With competition for aviation talent growing more competitive, leaders need to understand how business aviation millennials approach work, “so we can attract, train and retain them,” said Barden, introducing a panel of six fast-rising professionals in business aviation: pilots, schedulers and maintenance managers. Read the full article here.
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By setting your goals before you leave for the show and following the advice of industry veterans, you can get the most out of business aviation’s biggest event.

Business aircraft operators face many of their challenges in isolation. Set apart from their parent company, in a hangar across town, sometimes the only business aircraft operator on the field, it’s hard to know where to start when confronting a regulatory issue, a tax audit or a question about contract crew. "One of the biggest gaps in knowledge for people in our industry is not knowing what resources are available to you,” said Don Hitch, vice president of flight operations for the Wonderful Company. “That’s why it’s so important use your network. If you don’t know somebody who can help, chances are somebody else knows somebody. Read the full article here
NBAA logo - aviation advocate articleAs president and CEO of Aviation Personnel International – the San Francisco-based firm that has been matching aviation professionals with business aviation jobs for 44 years – Sheryl Barden stays busy. But as a member of NBAA’s Associate Member Advisory Council (AMAC), she’s been inspired to take on another role – aviation advocate. “I am honored to be a member of the AMAC,” said Barden, who was named to the group in 2012. AMAC members serve in an advisory capacity, representing Associate Members before the NBAA board. Read the full aviation advocate article.   Save
Founder of Aviation Personnel International honored for decades of leadership San Francisco – June 5, 2015 – Janice K. Barden, chairman and founder of Aviation Personnel International, was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on May 28 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Every year the Ohio Department of Aging pays tribute to several Ohioans who help the state prepare for its growing aging population, who bolster their communities and the state through volunteer initiatives, and who are exemplary leaders and role models in their fields. Barden is one of nearly 500 elders who have been given this distinction since the award was established in 1977.
“I don’t know of a more worthy individual to have been selected for this prestigious recognition,” stated Sheryl Barden, President and CEO, Aviation Personnel International. “Janice, through her hard work and dedication to the aviation field, has made API what it is today – an industry leader in the business aviation recruiting business. She is truly a trailblazer.”
Barden, who currently lives in St. Helena, California, was born in Cleveland and raised in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. In 1971, she founded Aviation Personnel International, the first female-owned and operated search firm exclusively dedicated to the hiring needs of the business aviation industry. As a female working in the once male-dominated field of aviation, Barden paved the way for thousands of men and women alike, who, like she, nurtured a love for aviation and its related disciplines. Earlier this year, Barden was hailed as an industry “game changer” by the National Business Aviation Association and in 2014 was the recipient of the National Aeronautic Association’s Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award. The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors hand-selected individuals age 60 and older who are native-born Ohioans or who have been Ohio residents for at least 10 years. Nominations are evaluated on the impact of current contributions or a continuation of work and accomplishments begun before age 60. This year's nominees range in age from 67 to 92. L to R: Jacqi Bradley, CEO of the Area Agency on Aging 3; Janice K. Barden, inductee; and Bonnie Burman director of the Ohio Department of Aging About Aviation Personnel International Now celebrating 43 years in aviation, Aviation Personnel International (API) is the longest-running aviation recruiting business, exclusively serving the hiring needs of flight departments in corporate and private aviation. API offers its clients the broadest portfolio of fully vetted candidates, including senior aviation leaders, pilots, maintenance, cabin safety crew, schedulers and dispatchers. Based in San Francisco, the API team combines their extensive aviation knowledge with their expertise in human resources and executive recruiting to provide retained recruitment services, talent identification, staff development and outplacement services for flight departments of two or two hundred.
Nine "game changers," mostly in business aviation, will deliver inspirational video messages to attendees at NBAA's 2015 Leadership Conference, which takes place Feb. 24 to 26 in Tucson, AZ. The videos, which will be shown throughout the conference, feature nine individuals discussing how they achieved success in their fields, and are in keeping with the conference's theme, "Inspire. Innovate. Influence." The best leaders influence others through their passion and vision, inspire by exuding enthusiasm and embrace innovation and life-long education. "There are so many great people and businesses throughout our industry, and this is one way we can recognize and tell their story – and the story of business aviation," said Jeannine Falter, vice president of business development at Duncan Aviation and a co-chair of the conference, which is planned by NBAA's Corporate Aviation Management Committee (CAMC). The nine game changers are:
  • Pete Agur, of The VanAllen Group, who influenced business aviation leaders to better align and manage their respective organizations.
  • Janice Barden, of Aviation Personnel International, who influenced the quality of personnel flying airplanes.
  • Robert Duncan, of Duncan Aviation, who applied innovative ideas to make aviation services readily accessible to customers.
  • Sir Ranulph Fiennes, an English adventurer, who inspired risk-taking by exploring remote regions on Earth.
  • Joan Sullivan Garrett, of MedAire, who promoted standardized access to medical services on business aircraft.
  • Benn Isaacman, who elevated the importance of interior cabin design in business jets.
  • Chuck McKinnon, retired from the IBM Flight Department, who encouraged greater cabin business amenities and the use of technology in the cabin.
  • Greg Evans, of Universal Weather, who developed new solutions to support business aviation flight access and planning.
  • Russ Meyer, of Textron, a longtime industry leader and advocate who led passage of revitalization legislation that promoted industry growth.
More than 400 aviation managers, chief pilots, maintenance managers, safety officers, schedulers, dispatchers and flight attendants are expected to attend the conference, which also includes presentations by highly regarded leadership experts and authors. Scheduled conference speakers include:
  • Tom Flick: A former college and NFL quarterback, Flick is president of a communications company and a leadership expert. He will provide attendees with insights on how the best leaders influence and inspire to create a successful business culture.
  • Ross Bernstein: Author of nearly 50 sports books, Bernstein has interviewed thousands of athletes and applies the stories and lessons he has written about to the business world.
  • Kristin Arnold: President and founder of Quality Process Consultants, Inc., Arnold will facilitate a dialogue with the audience about leadership and critical issues facing business aviation today and in the future.

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