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.

Michael Lee
Managing Director Asianet Consultants (HK) Ltd.

Michael is a Managing Director of Asianet Consultants (HK) Ltd. a long term partner of ADK International.  Asianet is a specialist executive search and talent acquisition which was first established in 1988 and has been closely working with ADK on a number of cross border assignments. He specializes in C-level leadership search and strategic talent acquisition for the high tech manufacturing, automotive and supply chain industry having served various Global Multinational firms in the Asian region.  Originally from Korea, he has worked in USA, Korea & Hong Kong and speaks Cantonese, Korean & English. He holds a double major Degree in Business Administration in Marketing and Management of Organization from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).  Prior to joining Asianet Consultants, he worked in a boutique executive search firm setting up the automotive division and assisting with the FMCG industry in the Asia Pacific Region.

He is a member of various chambers in the region, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong (CILTHK), and the China Supply Chain Council.  He is a member of the Institute of Directors in HK.  He is a committee member of the strategic relations and a judge at the Supply Chain Asia Forum Award (  He is a committee member of the China Italian Chamber of Commerce Aerospace Committee.