The technology is in place or in sight, the market demand is there and even the regulators may play nice, but the trained people necessary to drive an expanding aerospace universe could be a brake on future growth. That worry was reiterated by an innovations panel at Redbird’s Migration training conference in Denver this week.
It’s an oft-told story and while the industry is addressing it with educational and pump-start programs, the shortfall of qualified pilots, technicians and engineers could become acute. “There are just not enough students out there who are studying in the STEM areas. And that’s hurting us,” says James Gibson, an experimental test pilot with Bell’s innovation group charged with development work on the company’s Nexus urban air taxi vehicles.
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