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									                  Editor’s Viewpoint

                 The Next Generation
                          s a long-time aviation profes-                               take place within the current generation
                          sional I have several times                                  of aviation professionals. The article goes
                          heard of impending shortages                                 on to highlight a point that I felt impor-
                 of aviation professionals. Over the years                             tant enough to mention and critical to the
                 I have heard this warning specific to                                 recruitment of the next generation into
                 maintenance technicians, although I                                   aviation as a career. The point being the
                 have not personally witnessed shortages                               lack of awareness by the next generation
                 — perhaps you or your company has                                     of what types of aviation professions are
                 experienced this situation in the past.        Ronald Donner          available to them.
                 Given the current economic times of this Editor                          Last month while attending the 2010
                 country and the world, it is difficult to                             Aviation Industry Expo, I couldn’t help
                 imagine a shortage of skilled aviation professionals.      thinking about this statement as I watched the
                 Any shortage seems like a long way off and hard            AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition. The
                 to accept when so many aviation professionals are          AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition is just
                 unemployed. A recent article on this subject by the        one attempt at promoting aviation maintenance
                 International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)           as a profession, along with generating a whole
                 regarding the next generation of aviation profes-          lot of enthusiasm among a very diverse group of
                 sionals caught my attention.                               participants. This year for the first time ever, there
                    In March of this year ICAO released a sum-              were two international teams participating in this
                 mary of a five-day meeting it hosted regarding             friendly maintenance skills competition.
                 the challenges relating to an anticipated shortage            I know of aviation professionals who speak
                 of skilled aviation professionals. The article spoke       highly of the profession and who do their part
                 about the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals        to attract young people into aviation as a career.
                 Taskforce, which consists of 29 representatives from       I also hear from aviation professionals who feel
                 industry, education and training providers, regula-        that aviation as a profession is not a wise choice
                 tory bodies, and international organizations. The          these days, and would not recommend this career
                 taskforce used a 20-year projection and specifically       to the next generation. There are pros and cons to
                 speaks about the future need for three groups of           everything we do.
                 aviation professionals: aircraft maintenance techni-          I would offer that as part of the current gen-
                 cians, air traffic controllers, and pilots. The report     eration of aviation professionals we have some
                 says that in the next 20 years the industry will need      responsibility here, and just as AMTSociety has
                 480,000 new technicians and more than 350,000              done, we should consider doing our part to high-
                 pilots by the year 2026, and that 73 percent of the        light our care
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