First Officer Paul Ryder

Paul Ryder

First Officer Paul Ryder, National Resource Coordinator, Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l./Pilot, United Airlines

As the Association’s National Resource Coordinator, First Officer Ryder is responsible for facilitating the full and efficient use of ALPA staff and pilot volunteer resources for the pilot leadership to align goals with each of the Association’s 35 member airlines representing nearly 63,000 pilots in the United States and Canada. This involves activities in multiple areas, including pilot training, to ensure aviation safety while also inspiring the next generation of airline pilots.

Ryder flies the Boeing 737 for United Airlines, where he collaborated with United Airlines on Aviate, the airline’s ab initio professional development pathway program, including how the airline will source and train its pilots, lending specific experience in the area of licensing of aviation personnel.

Prior to United Airlines, Ryder served as an EMB-145 captain for ExpressJet Airlines. He previously chaired the Association’s Pilot-to-Pilot Committee at ExpressJet and served on several committees. As a pilot mentor at ExpressJet, Ryder Facilitated pilot professional development into air carrier operations. As the Regional Jet Program Manager Ryder implemented education methodologies, advancing the development of Crew Resource Management and technical knowledge, skills and professional development.

Before transitioning to air carrier flying, as a CFI, CFII and MEI Ryder trained, supervised and evaluated both students and instructors and served as a flight and standards instructor at the largest flight academy in the United States.

Ryder has held several union positions, including chair of ALPA’s national Education and Fee-for-Departure (FFD) Committees.

He served in the US Marine Corps Reserves for six years, and lives in Florida with his wife and fellow pilot, Kate, and two sons, Alex and Matthew.

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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