One key challenge facing the industry – how to attract and retain business aviation pilots – was again front and center at a recent day-long meeting attended by a diverse group of experts and a number of NBAA committee leaders and staff. The pilot issue is part of NBAA’s overall focus on workforce development concerns specific to business aviation.
The many flight departments that understand the importance of quality-of-life concerns and have a supportive company culture – and thereby have attracted a certain kind of pilot to their ranks – still need to pay close attention to compensation, warned NBAA Board member Sheryl Barden, president of Aviation Personnel International. “With the unprecedented demand for pilots, companies will have to pay their pilots well to keep them. You can’t move the needle in your own operations if you are not willing to address the compensation issue.”