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AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013 Career Aspirations of Collegiate Aviators AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013.

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1 AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013 Career Aspirations of Collegiate Aviators AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013

2 AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013 The Team UND: Elizabeth Bjerke James Higgins Kent Lovelace Nick Lounsberry UAA: Bruce Chase/ LeTourneau Univ. AABI: Paul Craig/ MTSU ERAU: Daniel Friedenzohn UNO: Rebecca Lutte SIU: Sam Pavel Industry: Arnie Kraby, Delta Darrin Greubel, ExpressJet Marc Champion, United Robert Fuschino, United Scott Foose, RAA

3 Participating Collegiate Aviation Programs Survey sent out to UAA Member Schools – At least one response from 40 different schools AABI Member Schools (more than one response) Baylor University Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Florida Institute of Technology Kansas State University LeTourneau University Minnesota State University-Mankato Middle Tennessee State University Oklahoma State University Purdue University Rocky Mountain College South Dakota State University St. Cloud State University University of Dubuque University of Nebraska at Omaha University of North Dakota University of Oklahoma Westminster College

4 AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013 Methodology Survey administered online (Qualtrics) Thanks to UAA, AABI and everyone else who has distributed the survey Survey was approved by UND’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) among others

5 AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013 The Sample 1,456 people started the survey – 1160 have finished (answered at least one question) – Selected Demographics: University Trained = 95.7%CFI’s = 24.6% Gender:Mean Age: 24.4 years Male = 89.5% Female = 10.8% Mean Flight Time: Hours

6 AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013 Do collegiate aviators change their initial, short-term, and long-term career goals?

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8 AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013 How does the proposed FAA rule changes requiring an ATP certificate and 1,500 hours flight experience affect career aspirations of collegiate aviators?

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10 AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, % of collegiate aviators have already changed their career plans and no longer plan to work for the airlines. 32.5% are having second thoughts about choosing a career with the airlines based upon the proposed rule change.

11 AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013 Are collegiate aviators with higher total flight times more likely to plan for a long-term career with the airlines?

12 AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013 No, collegiate aviators with flight times greater than 300 hours are less likely than lower time pilots to plan a career with the airlines. Χ 2 (3, N = 1168) = 19.28, p <.001

13 AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013 Given the opportunity, how likely would you consider a flying position at a non-US airline if it required relocation to another country?

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15 AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013 If non-US airlines opened pilot bases in the US, how likely would you consider a career at that airline?

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17 If the flight time qualifications required for second in command are lower in another country, how likely would you consider relocation to that country to take a flight position sooner than you would be eligible in the US?

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19 AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013 Qualitative Themes: Why have career aspirations changed? Impact of the 1500 hour rule: – “I do know classmates who have changed their majors due to the new law” – “As an older student I have obligations that most young pilots do not. The thought of having to get to 1500 hours is disheartening in that I will have a harder time supporting my wife and child for the prolonged duration” – “When I first heard about HR5900, I applied for graduate school because I wanted to have a back-up plan …I recently applied for a Revenue Management analyst position at an airline and was offered the position.”

20 AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013 Qualitative Themes: Why have career aspirations changed? Financial considerations – “One of the biggest problems for me is coming out of school with such a large amount of debt while making less $35,000 for the first few years as an airline pilot.” – “Extremely expensive flight training costs and few opportunities for low-hour pilots” – “Flight training is too big of an investment for the salary” – “I changed to Air Traffic Control due to cheaper training, and the promise of a more stable career” – “I will have to get the job I can get to begin paying off $80,000 school loans.”

21 AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013 Qualitative Themes: Why have career aspirations changed? Exposure to other aviation related careers – “After gaining exposure to the aviation industry I see that there are many other avenues for pilots” – “Corporate jobs look more desirable now that there is a 1500 hour rule” – “Discovering new careers in the aviation field apart from the airline” – “After comparing ATC and Airline pilot, it makes a LOT more sense to go ATC. The pay is better, they get better work treatment, more benefits, better hours.”

22 AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013 Qualitative Themes: Unintended Consequences Impact on flight training environment: – “I did not want to be an instructor.... Now the NPRM has pretty much forced me to start working on a license and job that I never intended to have so I can achieve my goal of airline pilot.” – “With the implementation of the rule, I would have to work as a flight instructor for much longer than I would normally plan on” – “This rule is essentially making a Certified Flight Instructor the only career option for graduates in the pro pilot program”

23 AABI Town Hall Meeting February 20, 2013 “As much as I love flying, the public no longer has faith in their pilots, and its killed the spark in me.”


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