Category: Pilot Shortage

IAWA GA Forum Recap: Women in Aviation

Just what are the opportunities for women in aviation? And will the pressure around identifying and recruiting great talent ever let up?

Those are a few of the questions I wanted to answer when API’s Jennifer Pickerel and I attended the recent International Aviation Womens Association’s General Aviation Leadership Forum.

The IAWA Forum focused on opportunities for growth within the sector. It also emphasized the need to attract, retain and promote women in aviation.



I was honored to participate in an inspiring panel entitled, “Leading Today and in the Future.”

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Just what are the opportunities for women in aviation? And will the pressure around identifying and recruiting great talent ever let up? Those are a few of the questions I wanted to answer when API’s Jennifer Pickerel and I attended the recent International Aviation Womens Association’s General Aviation Leadership Forum. The IAWA Forum focused on opportunities for growth within the sector. It also emphasized the need to attract, retain and promote women in aviation. I was honored to participate in an inspiring panel entitled, “Leading Today and in the Future.” For that discussion, we […]

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Bill Garvey’s “Fast Five” with API’s Sheryl Barden

BCA's Bill Garvey with API's Sheryl Barden - Fast Five Column

Earlier this year, I (Sheryl Barden) had the pleasure of being interviewed by Bill Garvey, the Editor of “Business & Commercial Aviation,” one of the industry’s premier trade publications. In every issue, Bill writes a Fast Five column in which he asks a thought leader five questions. Bill recorded our phone conversation, in which we go more in depth than the print article. Topics included resume writing, college degrees, projected industry growth, the pilot shortage and compensation. I’ve also included a transcript of our conversation below. Or, if you’d like, you may click […]

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Six Ways to Find and Keep New Pilots

New pilots - pilot shortage - sheryl barden

We are now in the third year of an unprecedented shortage of pilots, and the situation is not going to get better quickly. There simply are not enough pilots in queue to fly your aircraft. How did this happen, why is it so, and what can you do? Several factors contributed to the pilot shortage, among them:   Career Discouragement – Air travel plunged after 9/11, and more than 14,000 pilots were laid off. In 2007, the mandatory retirement age was raised from 60 to 65, squelching upward income mobility for more junior […]

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How to Evaluate Your Total Compensation Package

total compensation - man with tablet and charts

One of the most pressing issues facing business aviation is the shortage of pilots and maintenance professionals. And because of those shortages, most aviation organizations are modifying their total compensation structures. While most Part 91 employers cannot match airline base salaries, many organizations are winning at the war for talent by offering a multi-faceted compensation program. This includes an attractive salary, potential bonus, equity in the company and company benefits.   What is Equity Compensation? As a refresher, the granting of compensation in the form of equity can take many forms: options, restricted stock […]

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Striking a Work/Life Balance for Schedulers & Dispatchers

S&D panel

In the fast-moving world of business aviation, “duty calls” at all hours of the day and night. Especially for Schedulers and Dispatchers. When does a global 24/7 operation stop? When does the phone stop ringing? The answer is, it doesn’t. Our aviation departments run 24/7/365. But human beings cannot keep up that pace. Maybe Bill Gates was a 24/7/365 kind of guy when he built and ran one of the largest companies in the world, but the bulk of us are not manically driven entrepreneurs like Bill. We’re expected to leave work one […]

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Grassroots Education: Answering the Call

MSMU Business Aviation Career Day

A key message I just heard at the NBAA Leadership Conference was about the value of reaching out to talented young people. The goal being to educate them and pique their interest in the field of business aviation. During his keynote address, NBAA’s Chief, Ed Bolen, encouraged us to “talk the way young people talk,” and to approach them about getting involved in the field of business aviation. He challenged each of us to take personal responsibility for the growth of our industry. Coincidentally, I have that exact same personal and professional […]

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Corporate Aviation vs. Airlines: Two Pilots Weigh In

Corporate Aviation vs. Airlines: Two Pilots Weigh In - pilots in cockpit

In two recent blogs, my colleague, Jenny Showalter, and I turned our attention to “job-jumping” in aviation. Jenny’s blog, Look Before You Leap, urged pilots and others who are seeking greener pastures to exercise some caution before making a radical career move. And my blog, Hangar-Hopping, summarized some discussions I’ve had with a pilot who told me he regretted leaving his job at a corporate flight departments to fly for an airline. The topic of aviation workforce issues is highly relevant right now, and I continue to find it intriguing on […]

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Pilot Shortage Is Real And Worrisome Long-Term, Recruiter Barden Says

pilot shortage - Photo credit: Hiller Aviation Museum - photo of young girl flying plane simulator

  I was in a deep leather chair on the fourth floor of the University Club on San Francisco’s Nob Hill viewing a downtown obscured in a smoke haze generated by the terrible Camp Fire, still smoldering 150 mi. to the northeast. At long last, it was finally raining. Presently I was joined by my host and club member Sheryl Barden. I had taken a break from a family Thanksgiving visit to discuss the pilot shortage’s effect on business aviation with someone who could provide insight, perspective and—possibly—a way forward.   By way of […]

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Look Before You Leap, or Vice Versa?

look before you leap - pair of binoculars

Imagine hearing: “I want to earn a million dollars a year flying a G650 with a tight-knit crew, travel to the most exotic destinations in the world, and work only on days that don’t conflict with my personal life.” Sounds like pretty good deal, doesn’t it? When considering your career, it’s easy to develop tunnel vision, and start to focus more on your dream career vs. embracing the reality of what you’re presently doing. This dilemma has been top-of-mind for me these days, especially since Sheryl Barden, API’s CEO, published a blog earlier […]

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BizAv Workforce Shortage: Do We Need a Paradigm Change?

workforce shortage puzzle

This past August, I was invited to participate at NBAA’s second annual Workforce Summit held in Washington DC. The goal of the Summit was to discuss strategies that industry stakeholders can employ to help cope with the workforce shortages our industry is currently experiencing. While many excellent topics were addressed (as outlined in this NBAA article), the big takeaway for me was that the situation warrants a paradigm shift. Especially as it relates to the pilot and maintenance technician shortage—and the alarming decrease in the number of high school and college […]

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