Issues surrounding workforce development, technology and international operations continued to receive the most interest from readers of NBAA’s Business Aviation Insider magazine in 2018. Here’s another look at the top three articles of the year:
Strategies for Retaining Skilled Business Aviation Professionals
Operators need practical strategies for holding on to their best pilots, maintenance technicians and other talent, and NBAA is helping find solutions to this challenge. This article suggested that employers:
- Communicate retention plans to staff members.
- Offer creative compensation packages, including retention bonuses and mid-year salary increases.
- Staff appropriately to create reasonable work-life balance.
- Provide a clear path for advancement.
- Directly ask employees what they want.
- Educate key stakeholders, including principals and human resource personnel, about today’s competitive job market.
Auto Pilot: Imagining the Future of Urban Lift
As a 2018 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) education session demonstrated, electrically powered, remotely piloted vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft are expected to change the face of on-demand air transport in cities in the not-too-distant future.
Several companies – from startup UberAIR to established OEMs like Embraer – are developing this new class of aircraft, which hold tremendous potential for business aviation. Practical applications are expected to hinge upon economic viability, regulatory approval and, most important, the willingness of passengers to fly onboard a completely new aerial vehicle, likely without a pilot onboard.
Smart International Trip Planning
There are two ways to approach international trip planning. Operators can either do the work themselves – which is less expensive and can offer a high level of safety and service but means obtaining international training for staff – or operators can contract with a third-party service provider to oversee all the details of the trip.
While it costs more to utilize a handler, an experienced service provider can be of great value. Either way, planning is key, and the operator must remain involved in the planning process and make all operational decisions, even if a contractor is used.
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