Origin of the Initiative

The NGAP initiatives were launched to ensure that enough qualified and competent aviation professionals are available to operate, manage and maintain the future international air transport system. This is critical as a large contingent of the current generation of aviation professionals will retire, access to affordable training and education is increasingly problematic, and aviation competes with other industry sectors for highly skilled professionals. The lack of harmonized competencies in some aviation disciplines and a lack of awareness by the “next generation” of the types of aviation jobs available further compounds the problem.


  • In the next 20 years, airlines will have to add 25,000 new aircraft to the current 17,000-strong commercial fleet
  • By 2026, we will need 480,000 new technicians to maintain these aircraft and over 350,000 pilots to fly them
  • Between 2005 and 2015, 73% of the American air traffic controller population is eligible for retirement

Main Objectives

In 2009, ICAO established the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals Taskforce, consisting of 29 representatives from industry, education and training providers, regulatory bodies and international organizations. Near-term objectives are to: inventory human resources planning data; identify and support initiatives to reach out to the next generation; and, find ways to harmonize training regulations. The Task Force will also support initiatives relating to the next generation of aviation professionals.

Where we stand

 Looking ahead, the following are planned:
  • In 2010, ICAO developed the ICAO Civil Aviation Training Policy that will allow the Organization to begin to endorse aviation training institutions by the end of 2011.
  • By the end of 2011, the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals Taskforce will complete the development of competencies for most of the Annex 1 (Personnel Licensing) functions including: airline transport pilots (ATPLs), air traffic controllers, and maintenance.


Along with all aviation training stakeholders, ICAO is committed to creating an environment that will allow the next generation to lead in the development of aviation’s future. This includes maintaining active lines of communication with the students as the Next Generation of Aviation professionals.