Daily Archives: Aug. 29, 2013

Boeing predicts increased global demand for 1 million new airline pilots, technicians

Boeing says the commercial aviation industry will need more than 1 million new pilots and technicians to support the expanding demand for new airplanes delivered over the next 20 years.

Projected pilot demand is increasing around the world, as is the demand for technicians in some regions.

The projections are part of Boeing’s just-released 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook.

According to the outlook, by 2032 there will be a need for 498,000 new commercial airline pilots and 556,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians.

“The urgent demand for competent aviation personnel is a global issue that is here now and is very real,” Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services, said in a statement. “The key to closing the pilot and technician gap in our industry is enhancing our training with the latest, cutting-edge technologies to attract and retain young people interested in careers in aviation.”

EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh sets dates through 2020

Each year, scores of Wichitans are among of the 500,000 people who travel to Oshkosh, Wisc., for the annual AirVenture fly-in convention, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association.

The organization has set dates through 2020.  So you can mark your calendars now. (Some dates have been changed from previous schedules.)

“We realize that the dates of EAA AirVenture affect yearly schedules for the entire aviation community as well as events throughout the Wisconin and the Midwest, so we want to secure these future dates to minimize conflicts,” Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of marketing, said in a statement.

2014: July 28 to Aug. 3

2015: July 20 to 26

2016: July 25 to 31

2017: July 24 to 30

2018: July 23 to 29

2019: July 22 to 28

2020: July 20 to 26

Aircraft maintenance technician scholarships available

The Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance is taking applications for scholarships to be awarded in March.

The application deadline is Dec. 1.

Scholarships are for students and working professionals who are members of the organization and open to men and women unless otherwise noted.

To date, the nonprofit group has awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships.

“AWAM scholarships provide an excellent opportunity to learn new methods, develop additional skills, get funds to upgrade the all-important tool box and embrace the exciting opportunities the field of aviation maintenance offers,” organizers said in a statement.

The scholarships available include awards for aircraft-specific maintenance training, engine-specific maintenance training, troubleshooting, avionics maintenance, aviation entrepreneur, helicopter maintenance and inspection authorization, according to the organization.

For information go to http://www.awam.org/scholarships.aspx or call Anna Romer at 952-687-1252; Andew Csondor at 517- 712-9818 or Lynette Ashland at 912- 247-2908.