Captain Bryan Quigley

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Captain Bryan Quigley, Senior Vice President of Flight Operations, United Airlines

Captain Bryan Quigley is senior vice president of flight operations. In this role, Bryan serves as the airline’s FAA certificate director of operations and leads the company’s flight operations division. His responsibilities include overseeing 12,500 pilots; developing and implementing pilot contracts, policies and procedures; overseeing all pilot domiciles, training, flight standards and flight technology; as well as the division’s operating and capital budgets.

Prior to this position, Bryan was vice president and general manager of United’s San Francisco hub. He was responsible for the safety and execution of all operations at this vital hub for United. Bryan also served as managing director and System Chief Pilot and managing director of flight operations. These roles were critical during the operational integration of policies and procedures associated with the merger between Continental and United Airlines.

Prior to joining United, Bryan served as a US Naval Aviator and retired as a Navy Captain from the US Navy Reserve. He commanded Patrol Squadron 62 in Jacksonville, Florida, and served as a senior staff officer to NATO prior to retirement.

Bryan received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Appalachian State University and completed the Executive Scholar Program from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Navigating the Dynamic Challenges of Pilot Supply, Recruitment, Mentorship, and Training

The route to airline recovery following the global Covid-19 pandemic is flush with opportunity for airlines, unions, and regulators to work together and recruit the next generation of aviation professionals, while continuing to ensure they’re properly mentored and trained for safe flight operations.

Covid-19 revealed several opportunities for collaboration within current regulatory structures. United Airlines and ALPA work together to strategically address pilot supply and training challenges that continue to evolve. This panel will focus on key components of current and future recruiting, mentorship, and training initiatives designed to help airlines attract and successfully compete for the next generation of aviation professionals.

Executive leadership from United Airlines will discuss the new AVIATE program, built in collaboration with ALPA, and the role it will play in addressing Next-Gen Aviation pilot screening, recruitment, diversity, and funding. ALPA will also discuss the landscape for pilot training and mentorship initiatives spanning across the union, which includes more than 59,000 pilots represented across 35 airlines in the US and Canada.

The pace, breadth, and duration of the pandemic tested US pilot recruitment and training systems and disrupted even the simplest of practices. Although 2020 brought significant challenges, it was full of opportunity and we will emerge to a new normal. One of our brightest times together is on the horizon, as we prepare for what could rapidly become the most dynamic reversals relative to pilot recruitment and training demand in aviation history. Our collective attention will be on the solutions we create to safely meet that need with a diverse supply of increasingly qualified pilots. As the panel discusses current strategies, the audience will have insight into the unique perspectives from senior executives at one of the world’s largest airlines, alongside human factors, training, and pilot supply experts from the world’s largest pilot union.

Fiona Greenyer

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