For flight department managers, the work necessary to locate the best qualified temporary pilots, flight attendants or maintenance technicians has become easier over the past decade, thanks in part to the communications technology of the Internet. However, for the handful of staffing companies that actually serve as the go-between for employers and employees, the job has become considerably tougher as those companies assume much more of the risk than before.
NBAA’s No Plane-No Gain information campaign was created several years ago to combat the image of business aircraft portrayed in mainstream media as the private conveyances for top-level company executives heading to a teetime.
Pilot Kelvin Romello Changur pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Miami on April 25 to falsifying his application for an FAA medical certificate and later attempting to use a U.S. passport containing some of the same false information.
Since business aviation operators are increasingly turning to independent contractors to contain costs and do more while conserving resources, NBAA has published a guide aimed at helping flight operators to properly classify these workers as either employees or independent contractors. “If a worker is classified incorrectly, there are significant tax, liability and legal risks for the employer,” NBAA said.
Why would multinational corporations with extensive resources outsource their recruiting effort? Grayson Barrows, director of sales for the Aviation Search Group explained that, for his customers, it is simply cost-effective. “We are specialists,” he said during an interview with AIN at Heli-Expo 2012.
Colleyville, Texas-based staffing agency Strom Aviation is now offering placement of employment candidates in permanent positions, through its new Strom Direct Aviation Staffing division. The new division will focus on executive search, crew placement and direct placement for the corporate aviation and helicopter segments. Strom Direct will also offer payroll and insurance services for crew and operations personnel.
Hiring in the aviation industry is poised for an uptick in 2011, according to the annual Aviation Hiring Trends Survey just released by JSfirm (Booth 2543), an online aviation employment agency.
The job market “is better than people may think,” said Sam Scanlon, managing partner of the Dallas-based company. “The report indicates exactly what we are seeing on our site. There are more jobs being posted every day.”
The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) is looking for a new chief executive to replace Guy Lachlan, who will be leaving the organization to pursue an opportunity outside aviation. The recruitment process began last month and shortlisted candidates will be called for interview beginning late this month until a suitable applicant is found.
Good news for job hunters–and the helicopter industry. A survey of 500 aviation companies by JSfirm (Booth No. 3611), an employment Web site dedicated to the aviation industry, finds 80 percent of employers in the helicopter industry expect to hire employees this year. Major areas of job growth will be in production (assembly and maintenance) and flight-crew positions, followed by sales, engineering and management positions.
The NBAA has launched a new Business Aviation Jobs board at www.nbaa.org/jobs. The board is operated by JobTarget, a New London, Conn.-based service provider that works with organizations to create job Web sites. The NBAA jobs board is free for job seekers and, as an introductory offer, employers can post a job for free through November 15.