Senate Addresses Maintenance Tech Shortage
In an attempt to spur more new A&Ps, Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Richard Bluementhal (D-Conn.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) sponsored the Aviation Maintenance Workforce Development Pilot Program, which was introduced March 7. The bill has overwhelming support from a diverse group of aviation industry organizations including AOPA.
Boeing estimates nearly 120,000 new technicians will be needed in North America over the next two decades, and with new entrants making up just 2 percent of the population of aviation technicians, the bill could not come at a better time.