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Engaging the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals

1st Edition

Edited by Suzanne K. Kearns, Timothy J. Mavin, Steven Hodge


272 pages | 46 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367254278
pub: 2020-02-10
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Engaging the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals is an edited volume that brings together a diverse set of academic and professional perspectives within the three themes of attracting, educating, and retaining the next generation of aviation professionals (NGAP). This compilation is the first academic work specifically targeting this critical issue.

The book presents a rich variety of perspectives, academic philosophies and real-world examples. Submissions include brief case studies, longer scholarly works from respected academics, and professional reflections from individuals who have made important contributions to their field. The book includes academic chapters that explore the topic from a more theoretical standpoint yet are accessible and understandable by a professional audience. These are complemented by both broad and specific practice examples that describe initiatives and applications occurring in the industry around the three themes. All submissions include descriptive insights, experiences, and first-hand accounts of accomplishments, intended to support the work of other professionals managing NGAP issues.

This work will be valuable to anyone involved in attracting, educating, or retaining NGAP including academics, operators, national and international regulators, and outreach coordinators among many others.


"This work provides a much-needed diverse set of viewpoints from aviation experts on addressing the current shortage of prospective employees in the aviation industry." — Dr. John H. Mott, Purdue University, USA

Table of Contents

Engaging the Next Generation of Aviation Professional – Introduction 1 Attract – Section Introduction 1.1Case Study – Local Governments as Enablers of the Aviation Workforce: A Case in Portugal 1.2 Case Study – Nurturing the Future Aviation Professional in Africa 1.3 Case Study - A Sustainability Perspective on the Pilot Shortage in Canada 1.4 Case Study - Introducing ALICANTO, the International Association of Aviation and Aerospace Education 1.5 Chapter - Aviation Outreach: Reaching the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals 1.6 Chapter - STEM and Sustainability: Creating Aviation Professional Change Agents 1.7 Professional Reflection - The Case of Cambodia: Challenges in Training the Next Generation of Aviation Professional 1.8 Professional Reflection - A Great Britain Perspective on Aviation Skills 2 Educate – Section Introduction 2.1 Case Study - Higher Education in aviation for Portuguese speaking countries: Portugal´s perspective 2.2 Case Study - Industry – Pilot training partnerships: A case study 2.3 Case Study - How work influences cabin crew learning: A situated learning perspective 2.4 Chapter - Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) Multi-piloted Operations 2.5 Chapter - Ensuring Success by Using the 4 A’s of Learning 2.6 Chapter - Engaging Practices for Training the New Generation of Aircraft Maintenance Technicians 2.7 Chapter – Language education for ab initio flight training: A plan going forward 2.8 Professional Reflection – Mixed reality to augment the next generation of aviation professionals 2.9 Professional Reflection - The solution of customized aviation English: Training the aviation maintenance technician 2.10 Professional Reflection – Evidence based training – The story 3 Retain – Section Introduction 3.1 Chapter - Collegiate flight programs: How student experiences impact student retention and successful completions 3.2 Chapter - Executive education in aviation: Addressing the managerial aspects of the fastest growing industry 3.3 Chapter – Entrepreneurial mindset development: A cog in the wheel of talent management in the aviation sector 3.4 Chapter – The regulation of the airline industry; Why it matters to you 3.5 Professional Reflection - Managing the paradox: Asking for more qualified people in a shortage situation

About the Editors

Suzanne K. Kearns is an Associate Professor of Aviation at the University of Waterloo in Canada. She is a former aeroplane and helicopter pilot.

Timothy J. Mavin is an Associate Professor at Griffith University’s School of Education and Professional Studies. He is a member of the Griffith Institute for Educational Research.

Steven Hodge is a Senior Lecturer at Griffith University’s School of Education and Professional Studies and a member of the Griffith Institute for Educational Research.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Transportation
TRANSPORTATION / Aviation / Commercial