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Panel: Aviation Skills Shortage

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Fact or fiction?

Familiar questions continue to surface about the future requirements for people in aviation. Will growth in commercial air transport be constrained by the number of qualified people, particularly in rapidly expanding emerging economies?

Or will natural market forces be enough to balance global supply and demand? Does the growing complexity of aircraft mean it will be harder to find the workforce required to manufacture, operate and maintain them? Or will increased sophistication make it easier to upskill workers to meet the needs of the global fleet and its supporting infrastructure?

Can we challenge assumptions of linear growth to expect that the natural evolution of technological efficiency will mean that the next generation of aviation professionals will be fewer rather than more numerous?

The panel aired the spectrum of opinions on questions like these to explore the reality of the gap and what action, if any, is needed to close it.


Michael Bell  Moderator: Michael Bell
Spencer Stuart  
  Roger Cohen   Roger Cohen
Regional Airline Association 
Angela Gittens   Angela Gittens
Director General
Airports Council International (ACI World) 
  Guy Hachey   Guy Hachey
President & CEO
Bombardier Aerospace 
Ong Heng Yap   Ong Heng Yap
Director General
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) 



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