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I was in a deep leather chair on the fourth floor of the University Club on San Francisco’s Nob Hill viewing a downtown obscured in a smoke haze generated by the terrible Camp Fire, still smoldering 150 mi. to the northeast. At long last, it was finally raining.

Presently I was joined by my host and club member Sheryl Barden. I had taken a break from a family Thanksgiving visit to discuss the pilot shortage’s effect on business aviation with someone who could provide insight, perspective and—possibly—a way forward. Read the PDF here.
NBAA business aviation millennialsFrom aircraft maintenance to pilots to dispatchers and more – the career prospects in business aviation are endless. That was the message industry professionals had for area college students who came out to the Northern California Business Aviation Association’s (NCBAA) annual Career Day, held Sept. 5 at San Jose International Airport, prior to NBAA’s San Jose Regional Forum on Sept. 6. Sheryl Barden, president and CEO of recruiting firm Aviation Personnel International, said the industry is “hungry for young talent,” and she urged students to start making contacts now while still in school. She congratulated them on taking the first step, by coming to the NCBAA Career Day, but there’s more the students should be doing. For example, she said:
  • Build your personal brand through a professional social media preference
  • Create a simple business card to hand out at events
  • Follow up with people who give you their business card
  • Create a resume and website that talks about who you are
  • Ask local operators for informational interviews
Read the full article on NBAA.org.

Business Airport Intl logoYOUTH MOVEMENT: Millennials are a new breed of private jet flyer. These experience-driven young professionals expect their journeys to be high tech – from booking systems through to inflight services and connectivity. In this article, API's Sheryl Barden talks about the demand for inflight connectivity among millennial travelers as well as how the business aviation sector can help attract millennial aviation professionals.

Read Kari Allen's article online, which was featured in the April 2018 issue of Business Airport International. Or, download the PDF.

NBAA business aviation millennialsWhen a proposal for handing control of the public’s aviation system over to a private entity was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, Sheryl Barden, president and CEO of Aviation Personnel International, recently implored concerned stakeholders to utilize NBAA’s “Contact Congress” resource to oppose handing control of the nation’s airspace over to a private entity. “H.R.2997 proposes to strip control of aviation-system oversight from the public's elected representatives, and essentially hand control of the system over to a group of private parties, largely unaccountable to Congress," Barden wrote in an email she sent to thousands of clients and other contacts. "We want everyone who cares about the future of business aviation in the United States to contact their elected representatives in the U.S. House and Senate and let them know we oppose a privatized ATC system.” Barden, who has also been active on the issue as a member of NBAA’s Associate Member Advisory Council, further encouraged citizens to phone their elected officials, and take to social media with a clear message against ATC privatization: “Our airspace is public, not private.” To add your voice to the opposition, use NBAA’s Contact Congress resource To see the original article, visit NBAA's website.
Aviation International News business aviation trailblazerPeople in Aviation - April 9, 2017 Jenny Showalter joined Aviation Personnel International as manager, candidate services. Showalter brings two decades of business aviation service to the role, having previously served as executive director for the Florida Aviation Business Association and as customer service manager/director of first impressions for Showalter Flying Service. Showalter succeeds Jennifer Steele, who was named director, client services. See the article on AINonline Save Save Save
Aviation International News business aviation trailblazer Business aviation trailblazer Charles “Chuck” McKinnon, who was the founder and long-time manager of IBM’s flight department, died March 30 in his hometown of Trussville, Alabama. He was 101. “Chuck McKinnon was a trailblazer for business aviation,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “The industry would not be the same without a visionary like him. He worked tirelessly to promote the many benefits and opportunities [of] business aviation, both in the U.S. and abroad.” During his career, he flew four U.S. presidents, two kings and several astronauts. NBAA presented its John P. “Jack” Doswell Award to McKinnon in 2010 in recognition of his lifelong individual achievement in support of business aviation. McKinnon was predeceased by his first wife of 66 years, Mary, in 2004; and his second wife, Janice K. Barden, founder of Aviation Personnel International. In 1954, McKinnon joined IBM to found the flight department. He flew the company’s first business aircraft, a twin-engine piston Aero Commander, which transported engineers to various sites across the country. He led the department until his retirement in 1977. Read the full article at AIN.   Save Save Save Save Save Save Save
Aviation International News - Women in Aviation At the Women in Aviation 2017 conference, Aviation Personnel International (API) president and CEO Sheryl Barden offered attendees a bit of sage career advice:
“Business aviation is a small unit of any corporation. For those of you interested in not just doing the same thing every day, business aviation is for you. You are constantly upgrading—airplanes, avionics—getting to work with the best technology that goes into aircraft. The training quality is amazing, and the long-term compensation is more competitive than you might believe, as well. If you are a self-starter then you will thrive in corporate aviation’s performance-based culture.”
Her opinion of a good candidate for one of her clients’ positions:
“It is tough for the flight department to hire someone who doesn’t have enough hours or the skills for the job yet. They don’t have the depth to develop the pilot. But if someone takes time say, with the regionals, and gets the jet experience, that sets them up well for the position,” she said.
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