New FAA Funding Addressing Airport Workforce Challenges

Professionals and academics in the aviation sector are encouraged to participate in a national research initiative that will result in published guidance to airports and the academic community for creating and enhancing academic programming to meet the current and future needs of the airport industry.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) estimates that more than 750,000 aviation professionals, including pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers, and airport professionals will be required to meet the industry’s needs by 2036. Furthermore, a survey of human relations professionals has revealed that only about 28 percent believe current aviation/airport education and training is very effective.

This project’s multi-disciplinary team of academia and industry is led by The Ohio State University; with a team of experts from ICF Inc., Pavlik & Associates, Quadrex Aviation, DPrather Aviation Solutions, and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

Interested participants are invited to visit the project’s website at, join the project mailing list for routine updates, and complete a survey of their airport workforce needs and how academia can contribute to enhancing the future airport workforce.

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