The Aerospace Executive Podcast - The Aviation Talent Shortage featuring Jenny-Showalter

Published September 18, 2023
By Jenny Showalter

There’s an acute aviation talent shortage, and it’s not just being felt in flight departments. From pilots to maintenance and leaders, the industry is short-staffed, and solving this issue requires an all-in, concerted effort from all organizations and stakeholders.

At the heart of our talent shortage is a crisis of leadership, and the hard truth that despite all it offers, aviation isn’t being viewed as an attractive career anymore. How do we show that aviation is a good industry to work in? What can we do to raise the leadership standard?

In this episode, I’m joined by third-generation business aviation professional and career coach, Jenny Showalter. She shares what it takes to bring the best and brightest into aviation.

We have an aviation talent shortage. We focus on the flight department roles, but it’s all throughout the industry. -Jenny Showalter

Aviation Talent Shortage

Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode

-Leadership or lack thereof

There aren’t a lot of younger, fresh blood leaders coming into this industry. How do we bring more in or develop the professionals we already have?

-Everyone should be concerned and involved

There’s no blanket solution for the workforce shortage we have, but what could go a long way to remedy it?

-Learning from the most effective flight departments

What do the best organizations do differently?


Jenny Showalter


Jenny Showalter

Jenny Showalter is the founder and chief motivational officer of Showalter Business Aviation Career Coaching (SBACC). Her industry experience stems from working as the third generation in her family’s former FBO, Showalter Flying Service. Showalter serves as the Board Secretary for the Central Florida Business Aviation Association (CFBAA) and as a member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Local and Regional Groups Committee.