ALTHOUGH IT MAY SEEM counterintuitive in today's troubled economic environment, demand for aircraft maintenance technicians is expected to more than double over the next two decades. The numbers are daunting. Alteon, for example, estimates that on average 24,000 mechanics need to be hired annually through 2027 to support fleet growth and replace retiring technicians, or 480,000 in total. By comparison, the Boeing subsidiary estimates that over the same period 360,000 new pilots will be ...

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