Shortage of qualified staff

Outlook For Aviation Careers Brightens With Looming Pilot And Mechanic Shortages

If there’s a bright side to looming pilot and aviation mechanic shortages, it’s that young people with a dream to fly or fix airplanes can look to a brighter future in an exciting and challenging field.  For some time now, aviation professionals have worried privately that turbulence in the aviation industry – with layoffs, furloughs, wage and benefit cuts affecting wide-swaths of the industry – was going to result in too few men and women choosing to become pilots and mechanics.  Combined with a predicted global growth in aviation, the decrease in the numbers of trainees – both civilian and military – is creating what many see as a looming shortage of both pilots and mechanics.

Our Solutions

Executive Search

ADK International has been a recognized player in International Executive Search for almost 20 years. Few are globally so well connected –  we know where to find the executives you need and how to attract them to your organization.

Industry based recruiting

The world of Airport development, Airport Management and Airlines today are characterized by much larger, more complex projects than ever before and lesser public funding.

Global Talent Mapping

Talent Mapping is a strategic process where we identify and map individuals in relevant industries and companies according to their skills, capabilities and competences.

Diversity and Inclusion

In order to unleash the full promise of Diversity and Inclusion, make better decisions and drive innovation, companies and organizations must learn to appreciate the knowledge and experience of individuals with different backgrounds and the way they see things.

Our Experts


Doug Kuelpman
President Practice Leader Airport Management

Doug is the founder and President of ADK International. As a founder and President of ADK Consulting & Executive Search in the USA in 2003, Doug’s company has grown to be the largest executive search firm in the airport management industry.

Doug’s 40 year aviation career is multi-faceted, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regional office in Seattle, WA, Evergreen International Airlines in McMinnville, OR, Tracor Aviation, Santa Barbara, CA and UPS Airlines in Louisville, KY. Doug was on the Executive Staff at UPS where he helped support the UPS Airline start-up team, the Airport Properties Group and the International Public Affairs / Public Relations Group. Other career highlights for Doug include: Graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, WA (Transportation Planning), Engineering Officer in the U.S. Navy, and a private pilot with multiple licenses.

Doug’s major responsibility for ADK International includes Client Relationships, Business Development, and Project Management.


Hakan Forsberg
Vice President Airport Development

Hakan is a Sales strategist, advisor and mentor. His professional experience spans across +35 years in primarily sales, marketing and management. The last +17 years as a consultant working with Sales Transformation. He can improve your Due Diligence processes, by auditing sales organisations.

He would say most, if not all, companies underperform regarding sales. His experience tells me you you benefit more from working on your culture than on your strategy. If you only focus on results, you will never get the change you need. If you focus on change you will get the results you deserve.

Many leaders tighten the control strings, and put strategy first. But you need to build a culture that supports the strategy. I have studied tons of business plans, most of them have a weak Sales Strategy, if any, and it’s all about what to do, but nothing about how to do it.
Give your people reasons to care about customers and understand their business environment, their issues. Dont reward short term results, cut corners or compromise values, and you will get results.
The corporate sales culture is an incredibly powerful factor in a company’s long-term success. No matter how good your strategy is, when it comes down to it, people always make the difference. Creating change is all about having the courage and stamina to allow it to happen.

Hakan has an extended experience in delivering top talented people in the airport development industry. As an advisor and mentor, he has worked with hundreds of professionals in in the industry. so he’s connected to the talent you need.