May 10, 2012
By Ian J. Twombly
With so many different paths, navigating the path between student pilot or college student and work in the aviation industry can be difficult. A new nonprofit called Aviation Workforce Development recently launched as an information resource to help people down this road.
Although being a pilot is the most obvious, and maybe the most desirable career track in aviation, it’s certainly not the only way to make a living in the industry. Aviation Workforce Development goes beyond pilot job opportunities to focus on everything from line service to airport planning.
Although launched initially as a single-point source for aviation career information, the group has plans for further expansion into job boards and more. “Our new organization will be the first to bring together interested parties across all avenues of aviation, young professionals looking to enter and build a career in aviation, and industry in search of those critically needed employees for the future,” said Dr. Tara Harl, founder and CEO of the group.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
If only one person had been helped, it all would have been worthwhile. But much more than that has been accomplished over the 25-year life of the National Gay Pilots Association, said its executive director.
The Department of Transportation has announced plans to complete its review of proposed third class medical reforms on Jan. 26, even as AOPA pledges to keep pushing for legislative action.
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