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A celebration of life for St. Helena’s Janice K. Barden McKinnon will be held in October in Napa for family, friends and her Vineyard Valley neighbors. Barden died Sunday, July 31. Barden was a pioneer in business aviation and the chairman and founder of Aviation Personnel International (API), a business aviation recruiting firm, in 1971, in New Orleans. She contributed to the aviation community for more than 60 years. Read the full article in The St. Helena Star.
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.
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.