NBAA is implementing the first phase of a mentoring program this month, matching experienced industry veterans with individuals wanting to explore opportunities in business aviation.
The “beta” version of the program matches 20 sets of people who were paired based on the specific interests and goals of both the mentees and the mentors, but Brian Koester, NBAA’s manager of operations, said, “The great thing about the program is it’s designed for everyone.”
Participants must be at least 18 years old. The first class includes a diverse group, according to Koester – “college students looking to find their way into a business aviation career, people already in the industry looking to make a step up, people at a crossroads in their career trying to decide if they want to stay on the path they’re on or maybe turn down a different road within business aviation.”
Other mentees may be facing a transition in their flight departments, moving up from a turboprop to a jet, beginning international operations or putting an aircraft on a Part 135 certificate. One of the initial participants is an experienced business executive and CEO of a company who is looking for guidance as to what the aviation industry is all about.
NBAA started building a list of potential mentors a few years ago through a membership survey, and later followed up with email notices to members of NBAA committees. The program was designed by a steering group, with input from NBAA’s Young Professionals Council, the association’s Domestic Operations Committee and Business Aviation Management Committee, along with NBAA staff members.
Both mentees and mentors will be asked to sign a best practices agreement covering goals, confidentiality, how often they will meet and a specified end date. The latter point was added so potential mentors would be more willing to participate knowing “they’re not on the hook forever,” Koester said.
The first class will run from January through June. A nine-month program will commence in September 2019, followed by the full program in the fall of 2020.
- First AW169 operational in Nordics goes live with Babcock
- Coroner cites need for better Police Helicopter in Western Australia
- New AW109 and AW139 service centre at Milan Linate Airport
- UK – Salford Royal Hospital to add helipad
- Haines Assembly backtracks on new heliski area
- Maverick Helicopters Expands Hawaiian Operations to Kauai
- Modernized Ka-27M enters service with Baltic Fleet
- Russian Air Force prepares for Ansat-U training from March
- Yorkshire Air Ambulance Wins National Award
- AECOM awarded $442 Million Fort Rucker training contract
- Panama receives two more AW139s
- Bristow Announces Fiscal Year 2018 Third Quarter Earnings
- Cornwall Air Ambulance flies 670 missions with two MD902s in 2017
- DEQ fines Columbia Helicopters
- ForeFlight Co-Founders Honored with Living Legends Award
- Airbus appoints new Chairman and CEO in China
- Boeing to supply Indonesia with AH-64E and CH-47F Chinooks
- Good progress on heliport at Kempegowda Airport
- APL wins two-year EMS contract for Langkawi Hospital
- French military awards UAV helicopter development contract to Airbus and Naval Group