Good news for job hunters–and the helicopter industry. A survey of 500 aviation companies by JSfirm (Booth No. 3611), an employment Web site dedicated to the aviation industry, finds 80 percent of employers in the helicopter industry expect to hire employees this year. Major areas of job growth will be in production (assembly and maintenance) and flight-crew positions, followed by sales, engineering and management positions.
The NBAA has launched a new Business Aviation Jobs board at www.nbaa.org/jobs. The board is operated by JobTarget, a New London, Conn.-based service provider that works with organizations to create job Web sites. The NBAA jobs board is free for job seekers and, as an introductory offer, employers can post a job for free through November 15.
Times are tough and layoffs are widespread. Two companies are offering innovative ways to help people seeking jobs in aviation.
HAI held its seventh Heli-Expo Job Fair on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in three ballrooms on Level 3 of the Anaheim Convention Center. Some 30 companies sent human relations personnel, recruiters and others to talk employment with what turned out to be a steady stream of job seekers.
Aviation jobs listing service JSFirm reported record postings for aviation professionals last year, with more than 4,000 company members, 60,000 individual résumé members and an average of more than five million Web site hits per month, according to account manager Tonya Salatino. Web site activity has already climbed 10 percent this year, she added.
Debi Irby always had a tough time finding new employees when she was chief pilot for various helicopter operators. The inquiries that did come to her attention were either random résumés from unqualified people or former military pilots asking how they could get into the civil market. It didn’t help that even within the aviation industry, helicopter people were thought of as a wild bunch, she said, “but we are professionals.”
Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group has asked its employees to accept a voluntary 5-percent pay cut for one year in return for an incentive program tied to quarterly profits. The appeal coincided with 20-percent salary reductions for chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein, president Mike Lotz and executive vice president Peter Murnane. According to SEC filings, the three top executives’ base pay equals $200,000, $175,000 and $150,000, respectively.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) and Jet Professionals, an aviation staffing company, have entered into a joint venture to provide professional staffing solutions to individual and corporate PAMA members. According to Brian Finnegan, president of PAMA, the new arrangement will offer members candidate searches, back-shop support, risk management and employee benefit and employment law consulting services.
The National Air Transportation Association provides an annual salary survey for business aviation professionals including pilots, line-service personnel, maintenance technicians, inspectors, dispatchers, customer service representatives and stock clerks.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) last month published its long-awaited rule that establishes the process for undergoing comprehensive background checks by aliens seeking first-time flight training in aircraft with mtow of more than 12,500 pounds. The Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), signed into law on Nov. 19, 2001, mandated background checks on aliens seeking flight training in large aircraft.