AIA Joins Aviation Groups urging workforce grant funding

AIA joined a letter from 40 aviation industry groups urging Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney to request full funding from Congress for two new grant programs established under the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The programs are designed to help offset critical manpower shortages among pilots and maintenance technicians in the aviation industry. Initiatives for the aviation technical workforce include scholarships, apprenticeships, establishing new training programs, purchasing equipment for schools and supporting career transition for members of the armed forces.

These programs will help achieve the administration’s workforce development goals, which are one of President Trump’s top priorities, as well as helping to ensure the aviation industry has access to highly qualified people in these vital areas.