Industry News: Nearly 1.5 Million Aviation Professionals Needed by 2035


In industry news—a primary reason to consider a career in aviation maintenance is the increasing number of available jobs in the industry. However, these positions cannot be filled without qualified, highly-trained aviation maintenance professionals. National Aviation Academy (NAA) uses industry standards to develop curriculum and meet the needs of the aviation industry. Training at NAA is a first step to access the growing field of aviation.

Evaluating where there is growth and what is required to prepare students for employment is of primary concern. A trusted source for industry predictions is Boeing’s Pilot and Technician Outlook, a respected industry study which forecasts the demand for aviation professionals to support the world’s growing commercial air fleet. Its most recent version was released on July 25, 2016.

Now in its seventh year, Boeing looks to 2035. The study suggests that nearly 1.5 million technicians and pilots will be needed to meet the demands of the industry over the next 20 years. This indicates an 11.3 percent growth in the aviation maintenance sector alone, up from last year’s forecast.

The increase in job projections is attributed to fleet growth. As global economies expand, tens of thousands of new commercial jets will make their debut flights—new aircraft will need to be operated as well as maintained. This translates to an additional 35,000 aviation maintenance technicians required per year from 2016 to 2035.

Calling the demand for aviation personnel “extraordinary,” Boeing suggests that meeting the need will require innovative solutions. Since they do not train aviation maintenance technicians or pilots, Vice President Sherry Carbary states that Boeing “believe[s] the industry can use these numbers for planning purposes.”

Educational and career pipeline programs will be necessary to train and place qualified individuals. Both are crucial to meet the demands of the industry and sustain growing diversity within the field. With this in mind, contact NAA today!

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A Closer Look at the Spey Engine


Rolls-Royce has manufactured jet engines since 1915, and has pioneered innovative aviation technology since very early in the industry. Companies like Airbus and Boeing continue to look to them for engines. Although it is no longer the same Rolls-Royce that builds cars—the two split in 1973—their engines have powered civil and military aircraft for over a century.

In 1958, Rolls-Royce embarked on an entirely new transport powerplant: the Spey. The engine was named after the River Spey in northeastern Scotland, one of the longest and fastest flowing rivers in the country. Rolls-Royce jet engines have traditionally been named after British rivers, intended to reflect their steady flow of power. A Rolls-Royce engine is given a numeric designation while in development, ahead of its official name which is assigned when the engine is ready for use.

In 1960, the Spey emerged as a 10,000 lb. thrust by-pass engine with an innovative fuel system that was radically advanced for its time. Its two-part combustion system was developed for noise reduction, and to provide operational economy such as low fuel consumption, low maintenance costs and a long overhaul life.

Spey engines have accumulated over 50 million flying hours, with over 2,768 civil and military variants produced. They have been used in military aircraft such as the AMX strike aircraft, BAE SYSTEMS Nimrod MR2 patrol aircraft and military versions of the Gulfstream GII and GIII aircraft. Though the civil version is no longer in production, they powered the Gulfstream GII and GIII executive aircraft, the BAC 1-11 and Fokker F28.

At National Aviation Academy (NAA), we understand that exposure to industry equipment is necessary for well-rounded training. Students can get a closer look at a Spey just by walking through the halls of the Tampa Bay campus. The engine was recently moved from the Tampa Bay hangar so that students are able to analyze it at their leisure.

Familiarity with industry history, standards and language is a beneficial to anyone wanting to work in aviation. NAA students acquire these skills, in addition to completing hands-on training with relevant tools and equipment, to prepare them for work. Quality training and industry knowledge well position NAA graduates for high-earning, in-demand and lasting careers in aviation.

Won’t You Be My Wingman?


July 19 was the birthday of Anthony Edwards—perhaps best known for his role as Goose in the classic 1986 movie Top Gun. Goose helped bring “wingman” into popular vernacular in the eighties, but the term has long meant a variety of things.

According to its military definition, “wingman” refers to the flying patterns of jet fighter pilots. In the Air Force, a lead aircraft is traditionally followed by another aircraft which flies off the right wing. This second pilot is called the “wingman’” because he or she protects the lead by watching his or her back.

There is, additionally, the social meaning of the term. A “wingman” can be helpful in social situations. Many could make use of one, but might more often end up being one.

It is an interesting word no matter the usage. It serves as reminder that no one really goes it alone, and that people are inclined to help and support one another. At any given moment, friends, family, teachers, co-workers or comrades can step up and be there when you need them most.

National Aviation Academy (NAA) calls for its own kind of “wingmen”—individuals with an interest in aviation who are looking for a specialized career in an industry that demands skilled workers and supplies high-paying jobs.

The work of aircraft mechanics ensures the safety of fliers on a daily basis. Their diligent work on the ground is necessary to those in the air. With a growing demand for aviation maintenance technicians in all sectors, now is the time to begin your career in the aviation industry.

NAA has been training aviation professionals since 1932 and offers programs in aviation maintenance and advanced aircraft systems. NAA is dedicated to its mission of preparing its students for employment in the aviation industry. As you pursue your career as a wingman, let us be yours.