According to U.S. aerospace giant Boeing, the world will need 558,000 new commercial airline pilots over the next two decades, as global airlines continue to build their fleets.
“Regional carrier Republic Airways Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, blaming several quarters of falling revenue after having to ground aircraft amid a pilot shortage.” – Fortune Magazine, Feb. 26, 2016
Beginning Monday, March 14, the Pilot Supply & Demand Summit (PS&DS) at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus will convene for two days to address potential solutions to the critical pilot shortage in the U.S. and around the world. The Summit is being held this year concurrent with the 2016 National Training Aircraft Symposium.
During the PS&DS, representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a major airline pilot organization, representatives from U.S. airlines and regional carriers and other airline industry professionals will discuss new FAA flight training standards, manufacturing demands and forecasts, legacy airline pilot attrition and hiring demands.
The first discussion of the Pilot Supply & Demand Summit will be Pilot Supply & Industry Consequences, and will include captains and management from regional and major airlines; a representative from the Air Line Pilots Association; and John Duncan, Director of the FAA Flight Standards Service. A Boeing representative will present a forecast of world pilot demand.
About PS&DS and NTAS
The Pilot Supply & Demand Summit has convened twice before to address issues associated with legislation and rule making that affect the preparation of new pilots for professional airline careers. The National Training Aircraft Symposium is an annual event hosted by Embry-Riddle to bring together stakeholders who have an interest in furthering the efficiency and effectiveness of pilot training in a formal training, education and academy environment.
NTAS integrates the entire value chain in flight training, including suppliers, training management software and courseware, flight training devices, aircraft and support products. This yearly gathering enhances the exchange of best practices, interaction among employers, suppliers and educators and creates a “one-stop-shopping” experience.
The NTAS topics this year include new and innovative aircraft applications to flight education fleets, the status and capacity of the Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP-CTP), pilot supply and demand, and outreach to K-12, government and industry.
The conference will feature a keynote talk by Christopher Hart, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), on Monday, March 14.
Hart was sworn in as Chairman of the NTSB in March 2015. He has been a current Member of the Board since 2009 and had served as Acting NTSB Chairman since April 2014.
Before joining the NTSB, Hart was Deputy Director for Air Traffic Safety Oversight at the Federal Aviation Administration and the FAA Assistant Administrator for System Safety. He served as Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration before moving to the FAA in 1995. Hart holds a law degree from Harvard University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. He is a member of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association and is a licensed pilot with commercial, multi-engine and instrument ratings.
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