Aviation industry urges workforce development funding

The Aircraft Electronics Association recently was one of 40 aviation industry organizations that urged the Trump administration to provide full funding for programs to recruit and train the next generation aviation workforce.

In a Feb. 9 letter sent to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, the aviation groups wrote: “The Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-254) created two new grant programs to recruit and train the next generation of aerospace workers and pilots. The undersigned 40 organizations, representing a broad cross-section of the aviation industry, urge the administration to seek full funding of $10 million for these programs as part of its fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget request and to rapidly initiate these programs.

“We are pleased that President Trump has made career technical education a priority and these programs will help achieve the administration’s workforce development goals.

“The resources provided through these temporary initiatives will incentivize businesses, labor and pilot organizations, schools, and governmental entities to work together to pursue innovative new strategies to develop technical talent and encourage our next generation of pilots to pursue careers in aviation. This, in turn, will help ensure the continued global leadership of America’s aerospace sector.”

To read the letter in its entirety, click here.