This year’s AEI Congress was hosted by AEI’s Norwegian affiliates, NHF and NFO, near Stavanger, Norway. NHF represents staff in the helicopter sector, while NFO represents staff in the fixed wing sector, of aviation maintenance. Licensed aircraft technicians / engineers from 5 continents gathered with these 2 affiliates from 20 -22 September to discuss the state of aviation maintenance throughout the world.
Whether via the congress’s agenda, during informal discussions, and through the guest speakers, common themes quickly emerged. A lack of licensed technicians / engineers to acquit the scheduled work; low numbers of new entrants to the industry; a rise in levels of stress/fatigue/mental health, are all adding to lower levels of safety in the industry.