FAA Task Force Features Aviation Museum Leaders

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force held its fourth public meeting on Oct. 8, 2021. The meeting featured a Q&A session with Amy Spowart, president and CEO of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, and Jennifer Baxmeyer, executive director of the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

The Task Force, comprised of aviation leaders from industry and academia, is charged with providing independent recommendations and strategies to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to educate youth on career opportunities in aviation. In addition, the Task Force will identify and recommend opportunities for apprenticeships, workforce-development programs and careers in the aviation for students.

“The work that the Youth in Aviation Task Force is doing to attract students to pursue careers in aviation is invaluable. They have included many industry leaders, supporters and voices to get a comprehensive picture for the best recommendations and advice. Our Museum is happy to have such wonderful allies tackling these industry issues.” said Jennifer Baxmeyer, Executive Director, Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Focusing on U.S. high school students, these recommendations and strategies will be used to facilitate and encourage students to enroll in aviation career and technical education courses. These include aviation manufacturing and maintenance and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

“It is imperative that the Youth in Aviation Task Force and our partners from academia and industry find ways to meet youth where they are and ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their dreams of a career in aviation.” said Amy Spowart, president and CEO National Aviation Hall of Fame.

The Task Force will submit recommendations and strategies from their meetings to the FAA Administrator and the appropriate Congressional committees. To learn more about the Task Force, comment or get answers to your questions, please contact us at S602YouthTaskForce@faa.gov or visit the Task Force website.