Your partners in business aviation recruiting

 

In business aviation, it’s not about planes: “It’s About People™”

For the past 45 years, Aviation Personnel International has been exclusively providing people-based business aviation recruiting solutions.

Our industry longevity, experience and specialization truly sets us apart. API is the longest-running, woman-owned business aviation recruiting firm in the world.

We consider it a privilege to help organizations build high-performing business aviation teams, and then to help shape the careers of the aviation professionals who comprise those teams.

By working with API, we’ll help you:

  • Attract and retain high-performing business aviation teams.
  • Use your private aircraft as a “competitive tool” to grow your business.
  • Protect the safety, security and privacy of your executives and/or high-net-worth travelers.

Here at API, quality and confidentiality are never compromised. We assume the daunting responsibility to get it all right. How may we assist you?

Our Services

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Aviation Recruiting

Our Talent Identification Process™ helps employers recruit top-level aviation professionals through a combination of expertise, efficiency and breadth of reach.

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Outplacement Support

A one-on-one outplacement counseling and coaching curriculum to support displaced aviation personnel throughout the transition, and to help prepare them for workforce re-entry.

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HR Consulting

API offers a variety of consulting programs to help flight departments and their internal HR and recruiting teams attract, retain and develop business aviation professionals.

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Meet your API team

Sheryl Barden

SHERYL BARDEN

President & CEO

Sheryl helps our clients attract and retain the level of talent they’re seeking, serving as a trusted advisor on HR-related matters. She’s regarded as a thought leader on aviation hiring trends and issues, such as the talent shortage. Read bio or email Sheryl

Colleen Kelly

COLLEEN KELLY

Vice President

Colleen works closely with aviation leaders and their HR partners to best understand their business and talent needs. She thoroughly analyzes each candidate’s skill set, values and experience to ensure an ideal cultural fit. Read bio or email Colleen

Jennifer Steele

JENNIFER STEELE

Director, Client Services

Jennifer works directly with API’s client hiring managers to identify their professional and cultural needs and matches them with highly vetted, qualified candidates. She also serves in a business development role. Read bio or email Jen

Jenny Showalter API

JENNY SHOWALTER

Manager, Candidate Services

Jenny leads the API Registered ProfessionalTM program, helping expand our valued relationships with aviation professionals among key functional areas: leadership, maintenance, flight operations, in-flight services, scheduling and dispatch. Read bio or email Jenny

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CODI QUICK

Business Manager

Codi collaborates with API’s recruiting team, candidates and clients throughout the hiring process, by providing seamless technology, recruiting logistics and pre-employment and communication support. Read bio or email Codi

Are you hiring?

Whether it’s to build your growing team or replace a retiring professional, API is here to help you attract top talent.

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See what people are saying

“API really knocked it out of the park for our flight department. I don't know how they do it, but they really nailed the cultural fit. We retained API to fill one pilot position. They presented three stellar candidates and in the end, we decided to hire all three. Our team is thrilled with the level of talent that API presented, but more importantly, impressed with how every single candidate fit within our department's culture. Having hired talent on my own in the past, I recognize how incredibly challenging this can be. API was flawless in their delivery and very professional and pleasant to work with.”
Chris Broyhill
Director of Aviation, Fortune 500 Company
"I was very fortunate to hear about API when I was asked to close down our aviation department. I am a big supporter of outplacement services for people impacted by downsizings and was worried about using an organization that might not have any experience or knowledge of this specific industry. Thankfully I was introduced to the team from API and from that moment on my concerns were banished. This is an organization that thoroughly knows their industry, the marketplace and the intricacies of the outplacement arena. A perfect combination!"
Ruth Ross
Former VP of Human Resources, Wells Fargo Bank