On Sunday, 17th September, 2023 the sky became the arena as Airways Aviation took flight in the highly anticipated inter-club flying competition. Airways Aviation’s Gold Coast Team soared into action, ready to face worthy opponents from Air Gold Coast and Murwillumbah Aero Club. Five of Airways’ most daring and skilled instructors; John Khalil, Te Maania Waruhai, Brooke Kavanagh, Howard Wei, and Dom McCarthy stepped up to represent the academy and make the same proud. The competition consisted of a series of challenges designed to test both knowledge and flying prowess. With a total score of 500 points up for grabs it was up to each pilot to collect their share of 100 points each!
Dressed in their red and white war paint, these guys had the energy, the passion and the enthusiasm to give it a red-hot crack.
Firstly, for 10 points, each pilot had to answer five theory questions to demonstrate their expertise in aviation.
With the theory out of the way, it was time to jump in VH-LSE and prove their navigation skills, maneuvering the aircraft within set tolerances with impeccable accuracy to earn 10 points.
For the bulk of the points, the pilots then had to complete three circuits and land as close as possible to a designated marker, with a whopping 25 points awarded for pinpoint precision.
The grand finale required the pilots to be confronted with a random trivia question, where quick thinking was worth more than their aviation knowledge.
The stakes were high, and the competition fierce, but the Airways Aviation team demonstrated exceptional skill and courage throughout the competition, making their presence known.
In the end, Instructor Howard soared to an exceptional second-place finish, while Instructor Te secured a commendable third place. Instructor Brooke’s moment of glory came when she brilliantly answered the trivia question: “What bones are babies born without?” Her response, “kneecaps!” earned her additional points and applause from the crowd.
A huge thank you goes out to the entire Airways team for their exceptional participation. Some of the students even joined the audience to witness the special event. Special thanks are due to Janet Dalby, the CEO, for providing the use of VH-LSE for the entire competition and to Andrew McIntosh, the HOO, for stepping in as a safety pilot.
Undoubtedly, the day was filled with fun and unforgettable moments, and that some aviation folklore will be written about this epic competition.
“Airways Aviation will be back next year, determined to claim the coveted shield! This event was not only a showcase of talent but also a testament to the spirit of aviation and the culture and environment we foster here at Airways Aviation. It was a fantastic day out, and we can’t wait to do it all over again,” said Janet Dalby, Chief Executive Officer Australasia and Pacific, at Airways Aviation.
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Airbus is announcing a leadership evolution in the Executive Committee, establishing a dedicated head at the helm of the Commercial Aircraft business.
“Since 2019, the leadership roles of Airbus and its Commercial Aircraft business have been combined, providing alignment and speed of execution during a period of multiple crises and change. Airbus has now put itself on a clear trajectory in line with its purpose of ‘Pioneering sustainable aerospace for a safe and united world’. Empowering Christian in the Commercial Aircraft CEO role will enable us to reinforce focus on the success of our Commercial Aircraft business while allowing me to dedicate my time to steering Airbus in a complex and fast-evolving global environment,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO. “Christian and I have been working hand in hand over the last five years and we will continue to do so in this new configuration. I admire Christian’s business acumen and I’m happy to move forward with him to deliver on Airbus’ ambitions.”
“It is an honour and a thrill to be called upon to lead our Commercial Aircraft business at such a critical time for our industry,” said Christian Scherer. “I’ll put my passion and that of Team Airbus at the service of our customers to meet our operational objectives as we work to consolidate our success, continuously improve, and prepare the future of our products and services. As we do so, we will work closely with our partners and suppliers worldwide on our common roadmap to decarbonise aviation.”
This new organisational set-up will be established in the next months in collaboration with the Company’s social partners, with a target go-live in project mode from 1 January 2024 onwards.
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Airways Aviation Australia recently had the honour of hosting 30 enthusiastic Australian Air Force Cadets from the 213 Squadron in Elanora, Queensland. The cadets had the opportunity to explore aircraft up close, learning about their mechanics and the intricacies of aviation technology.
“It was great to provide these future aviation leaders with a glimpse into the world of aviation and explore the options for further learning and career pathways,” said Airways Aviation. “Our knowledgeable instructors and aviation professionals were on hand to answer questions, provide demonstrations, and share their own experiences.”
The Airways Aviation Group is a global aviation and pilot training organisation with operations across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
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United States based flight training solution provider Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) is thrilled to announce the 2023 UPRT Safety Summit for Professional Pilots Worldwide. This event, hosted on LinkedIn Live on Friday, September 29, 2023, addresses the operational safety risk management of the Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) threat, the leading cause of aviation-related fatalities.
The summit, hosted by APS, the global leader in comprehensive Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), aims to provide practical solutions to help professional pilots navigate this challenge. The event consists of four sessions to address.
Session 1: Elevating ‘Air Carrier’ Safety Risk Management to Counter LOC-I | Register Here
Join UPRT airline safety and upset training experts Captains Brian Sims (Delta) and Brad Bennetts (Global) as they address operational risk management for airlines. Learn how to leverage UPRT and Flight Data Monitoring in Operational Risk Management and conquer real-world LOC-I scenarios.
Session 2: Elevating ‘Corporate Flight Department’ Safety Risk Management to Counter LOC-I | Register Here
This session is tailored specifically for corporate business jet operators. Learn about operational risk management and addressing the critical concerns of LOC-I. Explore best practices, real-life case studies, and cutting-edge technologies that enhance pilot skills and decision-making abilities during unexpected scenarios.
Session 3: Elevating ‘General Aviation’ Safety Risk Management to Counter LOC-I | Register Here
Join UPRT Royalty, founder of UPRT, and Master CFI, Rich Stowell, and UPRT Australia Director and Instructor, Shane Tobin, for a session focused on operational risk management in the world of general aviation (GA) and GA flight instruction. Discover how UPRT can significantly reduce the risk of an LOC-I outcome.
Session 4: Experts Q&A Panel – Safety in the Skies: Panel on Practical/SMS Solutions to Overcome the LOC-I Risk | Register Here
This interactive panel discussion is designed to be largely guided by your questions, making it a truly personalized learning experience. The panel will discuss a range of topics, including UPRT program designs for airlines, corporate flight departments, individual private pilots, flight instructors, and flight schools.
The 2023 UPRT Safety Summit is a unique opportunity to learn from the best in the field and enhance your understanding of LOC-I prevention. Don’t miss this chance to contribute to the conversation and help shape the future of aviation safety.
About Aviation Performance Solutions (APS)
APS is the world’s leading UPRT provider, serving major US air carriers, insurance companies, government agencies, and corporate flight departments. With over three decades of experience, APS’s comprehensive UPRT programs have been instrumental in enhancing aviation safety, preventing Loss of Control In-flight incidents, and saving lives.
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Aerviva, a Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based international aviation recruitment consultancy, published an article entitled “Addressing the Global Aviation Professionals Shortage” delving into the rapid growth in the industry and the shortage that comes with it. The article also suggested measures that could help secure the future of the industry in terms of pilot supply and the latest digital innovations.
Check it out below.
Growth across the board
The global aviation industry is experiencing rapid growth, demand for air travel is increasing, and there are signs that air travel is returning to pre-COVID levels. Despite inflation, the pandemic that has become one of the most disruptive events in the history of the aviation industry, conflicts between countries and other economic and socio-political issues, commercial air travel is steadily increasing. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), 4.35 billion people are expected to travel in 2023, nearly as many as the 4.54 billion who flew in 2019. In 2023, 34.4 million flights are expected (up 24.4% from 2022, down 11.5% from 2019).
Overall, this performance shows how resilient the industry is, having recovered so quickly from a near standstill. Encouraged by the increased demand, airlines are investing in new aircraft and technology to strengthen their operations and provide a better experience for customers. However, the industry’s recovery and expansion have been accompanied by some challenges, and one of the most important issues facing the industry today is the increasing demand for aviation personnel.
What does this mean for the industry?
The average person will never see the effort and people involved in getting an airplane off the ground, getting passengers to their destination safely and efficiently, and providing positive customer service. As professionals, we know what it takes to make this happen, and we need to proactively recruit the talent that will drive the industry forward more successfully than ever before.
As commercial aircraft fleets continue to grow and air traffic increases, so does the demand from airlines and operators for highly skilled pilots, flight attendants and aircraft maintenance technicians worldwide. Boeing estimates that 790,000 new pilots will be needed worldwide by 2037, while Airbus makes a slightly more conservative but still overwhelming forecast of 450,000 new pilots by 2035.
According to CAE’s Aviation Talent Forecast 2023, demand for aviation professionals will quantitatively reach the following levels:
- 3M Civil aviation professionals needed over the next 10 year
- 284,000 new pilots will be needed over the next 10 years, representing a 39% increase in demand for pilots from 2023 to 2032.
- 402,000 new aircraft maintenance technicians will be needed over the next 10 years, representing a 78% increase in demand for aircraft maintenance technicians between 2023 and 2032.
- 599,000 new cabin crew members will be needed in the next 10 years, representing a 45% increase in cabin crew demand between 2023 and 2032.
The number of flights and the active fleet are the most important factors in the overall demand for civil aviation professionals. Proper staffing of these flights and replacement of pilots, cabin crew, and aircraft maintenance technicians who leave the workforce due to retirement and attrition are the real drivers of demand.
Does it mean that demand exceeds supply?
The significant demand for pilots across the industry is driven by a number of factors, including demographics, mandatory retirement age, early retirements due to COVID and projected growth in the aviation industry. Industry experts predict that demand for pilots will exceed supply worldwide within the next year or two and will continue to do so for the next decade. This demand for pilots is already evident in the U.S., where several regional airlines are cutting back operations and grounding aircraft because they are short of pilots.
Demand for aviation personnel is also driven by the fact that more and more skilled professionals are reaching the mandatory retirement age and ending their long careers, creating a gap that is not easy to fill. According to CAE’s Aviation Talent Forecast 2023, 38% of pilots and 34% of cabin crew in the United States (US) are now over the age of 50. Over 50% of aircraft maintenance technicians are over 40 years old. FAA statistics show that more than 45,000 pilots will need to retire in the next 10 years. This represents nearly 27% of the pilot population in the United States. The situation is similar in other parts of the world.
To prevent potential disruptions to operations in the future, it’s crucial to proactively address retirement and attrition.
What steps should be taken to ensure a secure future for industry?
Given that retirement and attrition will increase over time, there is an excellent opportunity for the industry to add new, innovative minds to its ranks and re-evaluate the way they work by using technology to improve current workflows. As members of a new generation begin their careers in aviation, they will bring a fresh perspective and will undoubtedly find ways to improve and optimize the way the industry operates. The following list of actions demonstrates that a future in aviation is possible and affordable:
- Creating programs to support career development paths to make the industry more attractive
- Reaching out early to potential candidates while they are in school and educating them about different roles and advancement opportunities
- Attracting digital natives, who spend most of their time online using the latest and most interesting innovations such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) that will lead the way into the future.
- Creating sources of financial support, work-study programs, sponsorship, increasing the number of Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) grants, and educational and industry partnerships. Partnerships with training organizations can also reduce the stress of recruiting, training, and retaining aviation professionals, including instructors.
- Lower the cost of entry into the aviation industry, especially for pilots. There are many people interested in becoming pilots, but it can be expensive to earn a certificate.
- Establishing cadet programs and aviation academies around the world
It is important to note that today airlines and business aviation companies have begun partnering with training organizations (and, in some cases, acquiring or creating their own organizations) to provide employment opportunities upon graduation and offer incentives such as job security and sponsorships. Airlines have also launched outreach programs to demonstrate that aviation is an attractive career choice, to promote interest in aviation as a profession, and to support educational efforts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
With widespread fleet growth expected in the aviation industry and the demand for travel ever-increasing, along with extraordinary technological advances, now is the right time to get into aviation. To maintain this momentum, we need to take steps to ensure we address retirement waves and attrition to avoid disruptions to future operations. The talent search must be expanded by diversifying the target audience and showing young entrants that aviation is open to all who want to be part of this dynamic and evolving industry.