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.
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Getting the job done on the local and national levels requires long-term planning, a hands-on approach, and keeping the effort moving, said Sean Collins, AOPA’s Eastern regional manager.
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