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International Journal of Aviation Management

International Journal of Aviation Management (IJAM)

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International Journal of Aviation Management (2 papers in press)

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  • The Worlds Commercial Pilots are Low in Supply but High in Homogeneity.   Order a copy of this article
    by Sebastian Hall 
    Abstract: This paper argues that the worlds commercial pilots are remarkably homogeneous and that this characteristic of the Global Pilot Labor Market (GPLM) is related to the global commercial pilot shortage. The paper contends that, through understanding the homogeneity of commercial pilots, both individual firms and the wider aviation industry should be capable of establishing effective initiatives that will help mitigate and alleviate the shortage by having a positive impact on pilot recruitment, retention and attendance. First, the nature of the global commercial pilot shortage is discussed. This includes an analysis of the current data which supports the existence of a pilot shortage. The paper then explores the wide-ranging societal downsides of such a labor shortage, arguing that there are undesirable impacts on global prosperity, the environment and passenger safety. The second half of the paper sets out the fundamental argument that the worlds commercial pilots are remarkably homogenous with respect to personality, beliefs and values. This is argued through a series of factors analyzed chronologically over a typical pilots life cycle, beginning with sex determination at conception and ending with professional retirement. The paper contends that the homogeneity of the GPLM means that well-chosen internal Human Resource Management (HRM) initiatives within large firms will be highly effective because the policies will have the same effect on a large proportion of any commercial pilot workforce, given their general homogeneity. The paper concludes by acknowledging that its key contention (commercial pilot homogeneity) is merely identifying the vulnerable weak spot of the pilot supply problem; considerable further research is required in order to ascertain which particular HRM policies should be adopted to exploit this foible of the GPLM.
    Keywords: pilots labour market; global aviation; airline management; personnel economics; ICAO; pilot shortage; pilot recruitment; pilot retention; pilot homogeneity.

Special Issue on: Aviation in a Post-Pandemic World Recovery, Redevelopment, and Challenges

  • The human factors and safety consequences of responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, as perceived by a sample of unionised pilots   Order a copy of this article
    by Simon Ashley Bennett 
    Abstract: This paper presents a survey of UK commercial pilots lived experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-2021. The subjective data, both quantitative and qualitative, addresses such human factors and safety topics as retention of learned routines, retention of motor skills, job satisfaction, appetite for the job, lockdown experiences and perception of the performance of key actors such as the devolved governments, Westminster Government, regulator, employers and trade unions. The majority of the data is drawn from a questionnaire survey of the membership of the British Air Line Pilots Association (BALPA). The survey secured 223 responses. Findings include: incoherence in pandemic response caused by the devolution of power to national assemblies; that some employers saw in a health emergency an opportunity to reformulate terms and conditions in favour of management; that multiple furloughs, job uncertainty, financial jeopardy and a perception of some employers as self-interested and aloof adversely affected morale, commitment and mental-health.
    Keywords: COVID-19; commercial aviation; furlough; flying skills; pilot morale.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJAM.2024.10063446