Earlier this year Western Michigan University (WMU) found itself with a problem: retaining flight instructors for its aviation program at the W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, MI. WMU's chief flight instructor, Tom Grossman, acknowledge that the average retention time for flight instructors had decreased from 24 months to just 4 to 6 months recently.
In order to stem the losses in its flight instructor core the university has increased its hourly pay rate from $ 20 per hour to $ 29 per hour, added university benefits including health insurance, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement and paid vacations.
To sweeten the deal even further, WMU offers reduced rates for its jet orientation course. Nonetheless, many flight instructors continue to leave for the regional airlines and jet charter companies like NetJets, Executive Jet and Corporate Flight.
You know you have a successful aviation training program when your graduates and instructor pilots are recruited and hired by the markets you are training them for.Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7