Closing the gap: Skills must catch up to demand in aviation sector, officials say

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Last month at a news conference at American Airlines’ Tulsa Maintenance Base, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe promoted a vision as large as the Boeing 737 staged behind him.

The goal, the longtime legislator and pilot said, is to make Oklahoma the aviation capital of America.

Whether the state soars that high remains to be seen. But to stay among the nation’s industry leaders, it must begin to close the gap between the demand for maintenance workers and the number of new employees joining the industry, otherwise known as the skills gap.

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