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Business & Commercial Aviation famed API founder       By William Garvey, Jessica A. Salerno and Molly McMillin Janice K.  Barden, founder of Aviation Personnel International (API), a San Francisco-based aviation recruiting firm specializing in business aviation, an industry in which she was a major figure, died July 31. Sheryl Barden, CEO and president of API, said her mother “Never stopped talking about this wonderful industry and the pride she had in it, literally until the day she died.” Since its founding in 1971, API has placed thousands of professionals. Read the full article on AviationWeek.com.
St. Helena Star     By David Stoneberg, editor, The St. Helena Star

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.

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BlueSky Business Aviation News logo business aviation pioneerThe National Business Aviation Association has 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 NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Read about the business aviation pioneer in BlueSky News.
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.


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