Readings list are in vogue. I found one tonight written many years ago by Richard Bach, a gifted aviation writer, and I don’t think he will mind if I share it here.[Read more…]
Up for Upskilling?
Have you ever referred to yourself as a “jack of all trades, master of none”? Or perhaps the opposite rings more true, you’re highly skilled and savvy in a particular area of expertise but when it comes to cross-department meetings you feel like they’re speaking another language (I know I’m not the only non-engineer in a sea of engineers)! At some point or another we’ve all felt a little lost in a meeting. [Read more…]
WHAT ARE THE ODDS?
Recent headline-producing aircraft accidents may have caused you to ask the question, “Just how safe is commercial air travel today?” Hundreds of deaths in a single accident are a characteristic of modern commercial air tragedies and today’s media certainly takes advantage, as quickly as possible, of these “breaking news” events. [Read more…]
Anderson, Mattingly, Heiser…Names you Recognize?
Page 13 of the March edition of Aerospace America magazine highlights the newest book releases from the AIAA. The top two titles, both Third Editions, Hypersonic and High-Temperature Gas Dynamics, and Aircraft Engine Design, are authored by folks affiliated with Practical Aeronautics! John Anderson, author of the former text, is a Consulting Associate, and Jack Mattingly, Bill Heiser, Dave Pratt, Keith Boyer, and Brenda Haven, authors of the latter text, are current or past instructors. [Read more…]
Small Business, Big Demand—One Small Business’ Efforts to Help Meet A&D’s Workforce Demand
A recent article in Aviation Week caught my attention. According to Av Week’s 2018 Aerospace and Defense Workforce Study, the industry hired 50,000 workers in 2017 and will hire 38,000 more workers by the end of this year! Even with record numbers of new hires, will all positions be filled? Probably not–not by a long shot. A year ago, an Av Week article (Workforce Evolution, September 18-October 1) cited 27,000 open job requisitions in A&D companies. Obviously, these kinds of numbers, especially in light of a predicted “tidal wave” of retirements, highly concern industry executives. [Read more…]