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nbaa-logo     Washington, DC, Aug. 1, 2016 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today marked the passing of Janice K. Barden, founder of Aviation Personnel International (API), who was well known for her many contributions to business aviation. “Jan Barden was a remarkable figure, and a tireless supporter of NBAA and the business aviation community,” said the association's President and CEO Ed Bolen. To view the press release, click here.Save
Janice K. Barden, the API founder who was well known within the business aviation community for her contributions over nearly six decades, died on July 31. Born in Cleveland, Barden obtained a degree in industrial psychology from Kent State University and then spent 15 years working for an airline personnel placement firm. In 1971, she decided to start her own business, API, in New Orleans, establishing the first female-owned and –operated personnel search firm dedicated to business aviation. The firm, now run by her daughter Sheryl Barden, had since placed thousands of professionals in the business aviation field. To view the full article, visit AINonline.com. Save Save

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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As seen in the NBAA Business Aviation Insider publication.

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

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