Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) issues are of immediate interest to many stakeholders: airlines, air navigation service providers, airports, manufacturers, training providers, universities, and others. Attracting and educating the next generation of aviation professionals also involves working with national and international education and labor stakeholders. In order to promote and gain leverage for NGAP among all stakeholders, it is critical to adopt a data-driven approach that justifies the future investment of resources in NGAP initiatives.
The NGAP Task force is a consortium  of stakeholder organizations who have identified specific NGAP issues that should be addressed and who are willing to commit resources to support NGAP initiatives. ICAO initially launched the NGAP programme in 2009 to address the forecasted shortage of aviation professionals.

NGAP Vision

A global aviation community that has sufficient competent human resources to support a safe, secure and sustainable air transportation system.


NGAP Mission

To develop strategies, best practices, tools, standards and guidelines as applicable and to facilitate information sharing activities that assist the global aviation community in attracting, training, educating, and retaining the next generation of aviation professionals.
Specific objectives for the Working and Sub-Groups were also developed and approved by the Task Force.  

Organizational Structure


NGAP Task Force Management Group
​Name ​Title ​Organization ​NGAP TF Position
Dr. Thomas Carney​ ​Professor of Aviation Technology ​Purdue University, Indiana, United States ​NGAP Task Force Chairman
​Ms. Ashley Lauryssen Training Strategies Manager ​EUROCONTROL, Luxembourg ​NGAP Task Force Vice-Chairperson
​Ms. Mary Nelson ​Division Manager ​FAA Academy, Airport & International Training, Oklahoma, United States ​NGAP Implementation Working Group Chair
Mr. William Agius, M. A.​ ​Deputy Head ​Centre for Aviation, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland ​NGAP Research Working Group Chair
​Professor Lori J. Brown ​Professor ​Western Michigan University, College of Aviation, Michigan, United States ​NGAP Outreach Working Group

ICAO NGAP Task Force Working Groups Objective

To develop tools and provisions for ICAO Contracting States and the international civil aviation community that will assist them in implementing effective strategies to attract, train, educate, and retain the next generation of civil aviation professionals at global and regional levels.