Sheryl Barden
AIN Contributor

Sheryl Barden, CAM, is the president and CEO of Aviation Personnel International, the longest-running recruiting and HR consulting firm exclusively serving business aviation. A thought leader on all things related to business aviation professionals, Barden is a former member of NBAA’s board of directors and currently serves on the NBAA advisory council.

Latest from Sheryl Barden

Training and Workforce

AINsight: Curating a Team of Experts

Leadership isn’t about single-handedly wielding every card in the deck
Training and Workforce

AINsight: NBAA-BACE . . . It's About People

NBAA-BACE 2023 focused on fostering talent
NBAA-BACE 2023 panel hosted by Sheryl Barden (Photo: API)
Training and Workforce

AINsight: The Overlooked Maintenance Crisis

Bridging the compensation gap in business aviation maintenance
Maintenance techs
Training and Workforce

AINsight: Don’t Get Burned by Burnout!

Burnout Leads To Departures
Sheryl Barden, CEO of Aviation Personnel International
Training and Workforce

AINsight: Training Contract Ethics and Accountability

Bonuses and incentives might be better than training contracts to keep pilots at flight departments that just paid for their new aircraft type rating.
Cirrus Vision G2 pilot
Training and Workforce

AINsight: Navigating the Pilot Sim Training Slot Issue

Transparency and working together can help fix the lack of available simulator training slots for pilots.
CAE flight simulators in training center
Training and Workforce

AINsight: Don’t Fly Without It!

Pilots spent much of their time at work at high altitudes with increased exposure to UV rays, so they should wear sunscreen to help protect their skin.
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Training and Workforce

AINsight: Does Size Really Matter?

To help retain business aviation pilots, it might be time to decouple aircraft size with compensation and then pay enough to keep pilots from jumping ship.
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Training and Workforce

AINsight: No More Female Takedowns

Women unfairly face higher standards than men in many industries, including aviation. It's time to end this.
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Training and Workforce

AINsight: Making Hay while the Sun Shines

Flight departments need to be up front about the rules for allowing their crewmembers to do contract flying.
Training and Workforce

AINsight: Don’t Shoot the Messenger

The pilot shortage requires corporate flight department managers to have "hard conversations" with HR about increasing pilot compensation and benefits.
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Training and Workforce

AINsight: Mental Health Issues in Aviation

Mental health is an important, but delicate, issue to contend with in aviation.
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Training and Workforce

AINsight: Pushing the Envelope—for Safety

The human element is an important part of aviation safety, which means addressing internal and external factors that can cause an employee to disengage.
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Training and Workforce

AINsight: Celebrating Milestones at NBAA 2022

The just-concluded NBAA-BACE 2022 covered emotional intelligence issues in the business aviation industry, not just new services, products, and hardware.
Training and Workforce

AINsight: Some Aviation Heroes Wear Dresses

Two September 24 events—Girls in Aviation Day and the National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony—will highlight the role of women in aviation.
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Training and Workforce

AINsight: Age 67 or Bust?

Should the airlines should raise the mandatory pilot retirement age past 65?

AINsight: Stopped in My Tracks!

Discrimination unfortunately still remains a barrier for female pilots in the business aviation industry.

AINsight: Marathon or Sprint?

While it's an employee's market, pilots should consult their own personal values before pushing employers beyond realistic thresholds.

AINsight: Greening Up the Homegrown Grass

For corporate pilots seeking a better work-life balance, the grass might not always be greener on the other side.

AINsight: S&Ds Achieve Work-from-home Balance

A work-from-home option gives aviation schedulers and dispatchers more resilience and much-needed job satisfaction.

AINsight: Navigating Schedules and Contract Pilots

As flight demand increases, corporate flight departments with lean staffing struggle to provide employees with schedule flexibility.

AINsight: Honoring the Past, Forging the Future

Business aviation has come a long way in 75 years regarding diversity, but the industry still has a long way to go.

AINsight: Who Should Succeed the Aviation Director?

Your next aviation director doesn't have to be a pilot.
Maintenance and Modifications

AINsight: Are We Asking Mx Techs To Do Too Much?

As the list of tasks for aircraft maintenance technicians keeps growing, it might be time for a reboot of roles and responsibilities.
Regulations and Government

AINsight: The Shot Felt Round the World

Covid vaccine mandates could exacerbate the business aviation industry's talent and supply chain shortage.

AINsight: Bizav Is Back and Thriving

Optimistic. Innovative. Inspirational. These are just some of the words I’d use to describe the momentous week at NBAA-BACE 2021.

AINsight: A Seat at the Table

Part 91 flight department leaders aren’t just aviation experts, they’re also business leaders and a big part of that is aligning with the company.
Training and Workforce

AINsight: ‘Build It and They Will Come’

Hiring low-time pilots and mentoring them offers flight departments a path to avert the pilot shortage while attracting new people to the bizav industry.

AINsight: Diversity Hire vs ‘Best Candidate’ Status Quo

Creating diverse workplaces is a hot topic in every industry. And such is the case in business aviation.

AINsight: Hiring? Do it by Design, Not Default

Business aviation managers looking to fill vacancies should hire strategically, not just by selecting the low-hanging fruit.