The development of this pilot event was prompted by local
predictions for job needs. Organizations such as Mohawk Valley Community
College’s aviation mechanics program approached our team members to raise
awareness of the job gap for many aviation jobs in the region.
At the global level, predictions from Boeing, the aerospace
giant, the company’s jobs outlook for the next 20 years reports a need for
637,000 commercial aircraft pilots, 648,000 technicians; and a whopping 839,000
cabin crew members. According to the Boeing report, the demand for
high-quality aerospace professionals is driven by three things: emerging
economies, strong aircraft replacement demand, and new markets. Boeing’s
President cited that the new replacement aircrafts
will increase capacity. Projected travelers with discretionary income
will have a positive impact on the hiring surge.
The event will also expose everyone to the opportunities in
the field of Drones. These pilotless aircraft, UAVs (“Unmanned Aerial
Vehicles,” better known as drones) are poised to play a much more significant
part in the business model of a variety of different industries, as well as
become commonplace in our everyday lives. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems
International forecasts that the drone industry will create more than
100,000 new drone jobs and $82 billion in economic impact within the first 10
years they become legal to fly. While emerging drone technology brings
about a host of new questions and concerns about security, safety, and privacy,
there is no doubt that drones will provide a slew of opportunities for
developers and businesses looking to integrate them into our everyday lives.
The goal of the pilot program is to expand the knowledge
base about future opportunities in the field of aviation for our students.
The goal is also to determine if this initiative can be duplicated to
serve communities such as Delaware and Otsego Counties where their local
airports can host similar career exploration activities.
Currently, the planning team is working together with the
Chenango County Planning Department, the Chenango Industrial Development
Agency, GE Unison, Lt. Warren E. Eaton Airport team and the Enrichment
Education program at DCMO BOCES. Detailed information will be sent to all
our component schools to consider participation and to disseminate the
information to families. Education stakeholders interested in supporting
this venture are welcome to share their input and to join the planning team.
To inquire about this initiative contact DCMO BOCES Public and School
Liaison, Martha Ryan, at [email protected]