Engaging the next generation of aviation professionals

Dr. Suzanne Kearns, associate professor of aviation at the University of Waterloo, released a call for proposals on Jan. 23 for contributions to a new book called Engaging the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals. Academics and professionals around the world are encouraged to visit www.ngapbook.com to contribute chapters or cases of how the industry can attract, educate, and retain professionals within aviation careers.

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Dr. Suzanne Kearns of the University of Waterloo is assembling a book of best practices for managing the critical aviation personnel shortage. Mike Reyno Photo

“The looming shortage of aviation professionals is one of the most critical issues faced by the aviation industry–yet there is very little in the way of books and resources to understand this multi-dimensional and international challenge,” said Kearns. The book is intended to draw on different types of expertise by inviting authors and professionals from around the world to contribute chapters, cases, and best practices.

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“By incorporating work from experts around the world, we hope to create a resource to allow our sector to learn from the lessons of the past and avoid pitfalls as we manage the personnel shortage,” stated Kearns.

The call for proposals will remain open at www.ngapbook.com until March 1, with accepted chapters due in the summer of 2019.  The editors will compile the work, with an anticipated publication date of January 2020.

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