NGAP Programme


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 labour 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. ICAO initially launched the NGAP programme in 2009 to address the forecasted shortage of aviation professionals.


Due to the importance of NGAP issues, ICAO has determined that it is critical to provide greater support to this work and, as a result, has elevated the NGAP initiative to an ICAO Programme.  The ICAO NGAP Programme has been incorporated into the ICAO Global Plans, both for safety and air navigation, as well as the ICAO Business Plan and Work Programme.


The NGAP Programme will continue to be supported by a consortium of partner organizations who have identified specific NGAP issues that should be addressed and who are willing to commit resources to support NGAP initiatives. ICAO is currently working with stakeholders to develop an Operational Plan for the NGAP Programme.  Specific objectives for the NGAP Programme Working Groups have been developed and will continue to be updated as work progresses and will be incorporated into the NGAP Programme Operational Plan. 


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, educating, and retaining the next generation of aviation professionals.


NGAP  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, educate, and retain the next generation of civil aviation professionals.


NGAP Programme Working Group Chairs

​Name​Title​Organization​NGAP Programme Position
​Ms. Mary Nelson​Division Manager​FAA Academy, Airport & International Training, Oklahoma, United States​NGAP Implementation Working Group Chair
Ms.  Lori J. Brown​Professor​Western Michigan University, College of Aviation, Michigan, United States​NGAP Outreach Working Group Chair 
​Ms. Diana Dumitrache​President of the Romanian Aeronautical Association

Director General of the European Aviation Institute

​The Romanian Aeronautical Association

European Aviation Institute

​NGAP Strategies and Planning Working Group Chair

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