An effort to inspire the youth of the United Arab Emirates to become the next generation of aviation professionals will take the form of the inaugural “Futures Day” at this year’s Dubai Air Show, scheduled to run from November 13 to 17 at the city’s Airport Expo.
Senior-level students from key UAE colleges and universities will receive invitations to attend Futures Day on the show’s final day.
Encouraging youth to join the aviation profession has become an imperative for the UAE and the rest of the Middle East, where, according to Boeing’s Current Market Outlook, airlines will add some 2,340 aircraft worth $390 billion by the year 2029. Such fleet growth would require some 32,700 trained pilots and 44,500 technicians, estimates Boeing.
To help raise awareness of the need to prepare them, F&E Aerospace has launched the inaugural Gulf Aviation Training Event scheduled to take place on November 14 and 15. The event carries the theme “Averting the Crisis: selection and training of Middle East-based flight crew for the next generation.”
A pavilion in the airshow exhibition hall showcasing training and simulation companies will support the conference and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has agreed to deliver the keynote address.
F&E Aerospace also organizes the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBA) convention, scheduled for December 11 to 13 next year, and a pair of exhibitions running simultaneously on February 1 and 2 at Dubai’s Airport Expo: MRO Middle East and Aircraft Interiors Middle East. The Middle East Business Aviation Association has yet to decide on a venue for MEBA.