Assessing, Building, and Retaining Workforce Capacity in the Aviation Industry

Workforce development in the aviation industry has historically been limited in scope. The industry lacks focus on strategic long-term workforce planning and workforce development needs. In Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 18, "Aviation Workforce Development Practices" airport operators and stakeholders noted that the entry-level workforce is typically hired with little aviation-specific education or experience. This study also found that coordinated workforce planning and development efforts that integrate best practices in recruitment, retention, on-the-job training, and succession planning rarely exist at airports. Whether the result of funding constraints, risk management efforts, retirement of seasoned industry talent, new technologies, or variability in airport types; the absence of strategic planning for attracting, educating, and developing the future airport workforce leaves the aviation industry in a precarious position. Thus, the industry needs to take action to prepare for the challenges of dramatic workforce changes, growing demand for services, rapid technological development, and ballooning costs across the industry. The objective of this research is to identify and begin an evaluation of current and future airport workforce capacity issues; evaluate existing education, training, and other workforce development resources; and outline effective strategies to meet future workforce capacity requirements.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 06-04

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Goldstein, Lawrence

  • Start Date: 20141112
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37569

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543347
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 06-04
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 13 2014 1:00AM