There is a storm on the horizon in the aviation industry. As of today, only industry insiders are concerned. However, if the issue at hand is not addressed responsibly, there could be serious trouble for both the airlines, their passengers, and the world economy.
To understand the menace, you only need to ask Bhanu Choudhrie, the founder of Alpha Aviation Group (AAG). Mr. Choudhrie has his finger on the pulse of the aviation industry. Since establishing AAG 13 years ago, the company has trained 900 pilots from 40 different countries around the world.
900 may sound like a lot, but Bhanu Choudhrie knows that it is a drop in the bucket. The boom in civil aviation in Asia, where AAG is based, has been overwhelming. Increased demand is actually the problem that is threatening the aviation industry worldwide.
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According to Boeing, 645,000 additional pilots will be necessary by 2038. One-third of them will be needed to fly passengers in the Asia-Pacific region. The root of the problem is that there simply are not enough men available to train.
So far as Bhanu Choudhrie is concerned, the shortage can be managed. The solution is to make the cockpit available to women who up until now have not gravitated toward careers as airline pilots. Worldwide only 3% of airline pilots are female.
The aviation leader sees this as a sign of things to come. Without female pilots, regional carriers will not be able to expand their operations enough to meet the expected passenger traffic in coming years. As more women become licensed pilots, the clouds on the horizon should begin to clear up.
AAG has initiated a recruitment program that is intended to encourage women to apply to their flight school. It involves having female pilots presenting at universities around the Philippines. They share their experiences with young women who are curious about aviation as a possible career.
A trip to AAG’s campus in Pampanga province, just north of Manila, demonstrates that Filipino women are accepting the challenge. Currently, two out of every ten cadet pilots enrolled in the program are women.
Find more about Bhanu Choudhrie: https://www.marketscreener.com/business-leaders/Bhanu-Choudhrie-09GZTT-E/biography/