“Despite the economy there are still companies looking for pilots and OEMs looking to fill all sorts of positions, from pilots to sales reps to maintenance personnel,” Jodie Brown, president of Summit Solutions, told AIN. “And I can tell you that we really need leadership and management abilities in this industry, but the jobs are going to those who are qualified, do their homework before an interview and present themselves properly.”
Ant farmers have a goal: keep the ant colony alive. The ant farmer’s job is to keep the ant colony thriving in the face of predators, disease, poison and human beings stomping them to death. But despite the best efforts of their enemies, the ants usually survive because the ant farmers designed a robust colony, one that could survive stomping and poisoning and predators and battles with other ant colonies.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has never had more work on its plate and the industry has never had a greater need for the group’s lobbying efforts on its behalf. This was the headline message from EBAA chief executive Brian Humphries as the 2007 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) prepared to open.
The U.S. Army called them scroungers; the aviation industry gives them a more professional name: acquisition specialists. Whatever you call them, the industry variation travels from airport to airport poking around, asking questions and finding treasures in the form of used parts.
The helicopter industry as a whole is as healthy as it has ever been, at a time when the retirements of Vietnam-era pilots and mechanics are causing a shortage of qualified personnel.
HAI president Matt Zuccaro said the situation has not reached the crisis level yet, but he added that the shortage is being felt by operators who are having trouble filling the seats of their helicopters with qualified pilots.
Like beauty, the fine points of international flying can be in the eyes of the beholder. Although the destinations may vary, the best answers to mission-related problems for any operator emerge from good questions. They include:
• How experienced is the crew in the aircraft and with the destination?
• Will a trip planner be necessary or useful?
Each year, hundreds of pilots and managers from all over the U.S. attend the International Operators Conference (IOC) to learn the latest tips about how to cross thousands of miles of ocean or jungle safely and efficiently when they are headed to and from exotic destinations around the globe.
One thing that makes air transportation great is the amount of effort that the industry puts into maintaining the safety record. Today most of our political leaders and many of our trade association leaders are quick to remind us of the outstanding accident rate we have achieved.
Fortunately, we all realize that no matter how good our record is we must constantly increase our efforts just to stay even.
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