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How A Fortune 100 Bizav Leader Secured 1 Million in Pilot Compensation

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“My pilots owe you big time, Sheryl.” This was the start of a conversation I had with a Fortune 100 flight department leader at the Morristown Regional meeting this past September. He […]

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NBAA17: What Happened and How to Prep for NBAA18

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Having recently returned from this year’s NBAA-BACE, I’m filled with the enthusiasm and excitement for our industry that I’ve always returned with following these terrific, informative conferences. Personally, it was wonderful […]

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API’s CEO Sheryl Barden Appointed to NBAA Board of Directors

Sheryl Barden Joins NBAA Associate Member Advisory Council

LAS VEGAS – October 11, 2017 – Today Sheryl Barden, President and CEO of Aviation Personnel International (, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Business Aviation […]

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How Efficient is Your Aviation Recruiting Process?

Aviation Recruiting Process

At a recent aviation industry golf tournament in Minnesota, someone asked me a great question. “Jennifer, how long should it really take us to complete the aviation recruiting process?” he asked. […]

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The Aviation Interview: 9 Ways to Succeed via Phone or Video

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Congratulations! You’ve just landed an interview for your dream job! Once upon a time, this meant practicing your interview answers, loading up your briefcase and heading out the door for your […]

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The Importance of Professionalism in Aviation

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Professionalism is an important quality to nurture in any industry or business, but in our world of aviation, it takes on even more critical significance. It’s a long-standing topic in our […]

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6 Signs You Need Help with Aviation Recruiting

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One might ask, why do hiring managers contact API? What’s their rationale? Oftentimes, it’s because they need help with their aviation recruiting needs and have exhausted all other options on their […]

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Pilot Shortage: How We Got Here & What’s Next

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Since publishing my pilot compensation blog, Aviation Personnel International (API) has been flooded with phone calls and emails. Rightfully so, business aviation leaders and their HR partners (or aircraft owners) want […]

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20 Aviation Job Interview Questions to Nail

20 aviation interview questions to nail

With so many critical changes occurring in the aviation industry—most notably the pilot shortage—we’re hearing more and more from our API Registered Professionals. Many are telling us they are relatively happy […]

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How to Mine for Aviation Talent

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The subject of mining for aviation talent was a lively topic during a discussion I recently had with a group of business aviation maintenance leaders. And just what does it mean […]

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Climbing the Aviation Career Ladder

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Nearly everyone in business aviation that we come into contact with here at API is “upwardly mobile” and looking toward the next rung of the career ladder. The only alternative might […]

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Pilot Compensation is Key to Attraction & Retention


What’s the No. 1 reason Part 91 flight departments are losing their qualified talent? It’s pilot compensation. That’s according to 41 aviation directors who participated in a 2017 survey conducted by Aviation […]

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6 Steps to Planning for your Successor

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Last year, API’s Sheryl Barden published an insightful, 8-step guide on the importance of planning for your successor. Its aim was to get the ball rolling so you can begin a […]

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Bizav Experts Sound Off on Retaining Aviation Personnel

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Last month, I blogged about why certain business aviation organizations might not be retaining aviation personnel. In that post, I shared survey data gleaned from a survey that our team conducted […]

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Apply Online, Network or Use an Aviation Placement Agency?

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The process of applying for your next aviation career opportunity has been turned inside out and upside down. We have the internet to thank for this! But understanding the most […]

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How Aviation Job Seekers Can Stand Out Amid a Talent Shortage

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There’s little doubt we’re in the midst of the long anticipated talent shortage. And this shortage applies to nearly all disciplines within aviation—be they in maintenance, pilot, cabin crew or […]

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Hiring the Right Business Aviation Professional, Part II: Onboarding

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In the first of our business aviation hiring series, my colleague Jim Lara and I examined the best approaches to take when making a great hire and ensuring that the […]

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Traits of a Successful Corporate Aircraft Scheduler

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The role of an aircraft scheduler is often a complex one, involving a myriad of responsibilities well beyond the actual scheduling of the aircraft. Whether a scheduler’s role is filled by […]

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Why Your BizAv Organization Might be Failing to Retain “A” Players

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One of the more fascinating things to come out API’s “Innovation Zone” panel at last year’s NBAA-BACE, was our survey results from roughly 40 bizav organization leaders. API’s survey—which was distributed […]

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5 Not-to-be-Missed TED Talks for Aviation Job Seekers & Hiring Managers

TED TALKS for Aviation Job seekers

By now, everyone has heard of “TED Talks,” right? If not, then a little background: TED—short for Technology, Entertainment and Design—is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas. TED Talks are usually […]

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