The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for both the (1) Maintenance Resource Management (MRM) training programs under the Flight Standards Service (AFS) office and the (2) Aviation Safety Workforce Plan. In Module 1, you were introduced to the concept of MRM. In this module, your reading on the FAA Aviation Safety Workforce Plan explained that the FAAâ€™s Aviation Safety (AVS) line of business is responsible for ensuring the safety of every aspect of civil aviation. In that line of business, AVS is tasked with recruiting, hiring, and retaining highly qualified safety professionals.
In this discussion activity, address the following in your primary, original posting:
- Discuss the importance of proper recruiting, hiring, and retaining a highly qualified workforce in aviation maintenance.
- Specifically discuss the FAAâ€™s Aviation Safety line of business area, and how its plan leads to a viable MRM training program.
- In your discussion, include staffing requirements, losses, hiring, training, and funding.
To address learning objectives in this module and to increase your understanding of cultural diversity within the aviation industry, read the following resources. The first three are general information about the function of unions. The last two resources are reports that will supplement assignments going forward. As you read, think about aircraft maintenance workforces regionally, nationally, and internationally. Consider where tomorrowâ€™s business aviators will come from, and how to train them.
From the Web:
- The Perfect Storm of Aviation Work Force Issues (Links to an external site.) (PDF): This article discusses aviation work force issues. The 21st century has brought a greater awareness that large retirements of prior generations is unfolding. U.S. demographics are changing, and the rising demands of the world aviation employee numbers will impact the economy, politics, and technology.
- Will workforce issues sink the Middle Eastern aviation industry? (Links to an external site.) (PDF): The Middle East continues to be a success story in aviation. There is a regional workforce dilemma due to the shortage of qualified, local, trained maintenance workforce.
- Aviation Workforce: Filling the Jobs is a Big Job (Links to an external site.) (PDF): This article discusses the challenge to maintaining an excellent workforce in aviation maintenance.
- Growing People off the Spreadsheet (Links to an external site.) (PDF): This article discusses the importance of building and maintaining a skilled workforce in aviation Maintenance.
- House Small Business Committee, Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee Hearing on the Aviation Workforce Shortage Impact on Small Businesses (Links to an external site.)
From the Federal Aviation Industry:
- U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Workforce Plan 2015 (PDF) (Links to an external site.): “This is the FAA’s eighth annual update to the Aviation Safety (AVS) Workforce Plan. The FAA issued the first comprehensive AVS workforce plan in March 2006. It provides staffing estimates for all of the FAAâ€™s AVS services and offices as well as actual on-board levels as of September 2014. This 2015 report incorporates changes in aircraft fleet and operations forecasts, inspector and engineer retirements and other factors” (FAA, n.d., Scope of Report Section, para 1).
- Aviation Safety Fiscal Year 2016 Business Plan (Links to an external site.)(PDF): This document discusses the Federal Aviation Administrations business plan for 2015. The focus is placed on three areas: operational safety, standards and policy, and certification.