Students and faculty are invited to the 2016 Careers in Business Aviation Day, held on Thursday, Nov. 3, during the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, FL. This year, NBAA is dedicating Career Day to the honor of Janice K. Barden, thoughtful leader and inspiration to many entering the business aviation industry.

NBAA recognizes the value in exposing students to our global industry and inspiring them to pursue successful and rewarding aviation careers. As the world’s largest and most important business aviation event of the year descends on Orlando, we encourage middle school, high school and college students, as well as their school’s faculty and chaperones, to join us for a day of student-related programming and opportunities.


The day will open with the General Session, which begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Orange County Convention Center, Room S330 C/D. All students and faculty are encouraged to come hear these inspiring speakers:

Lyndse Costabile & Shaesta Waiz

Dreams Soar: With a mission to promote STEM education and inspire the next generation of aviation professionals, the Dreams Soar initiative encourages young women and men around the world to believe in themselves regardless of challenges and traditions they may face. Two remarkable female leaders will talk about this important program and their passion for aviation: Shaesta Waiz, the face and motivation behind Dreams Soar, telling her inspirational story of going from refugee camp to first civilian female pilot from Afghanistan; and Lyndse Costabile, Chair of the Dreams Soar Inc., Board of Directors and advocate for women aviators worldwide.

Taylor Butterfield

Taylor Butterfield: An unmanned aircraft pilot and vice-president & co-founder of SkyTap, Inc., a company that manages large commercial UAS flight operations, Butterfield has a background in aviation research and training and is excited to share his fascination with UAS technology and the abundant career opportunities available to young professionals in this field. Don’t miss this graduate of the University of North Dakota present his theme – “Wanted: Experienced Newbie.”

Career Seminar

The NBAA/UAA Career Seminar for college students will follow the opening session. From 10:30 a.m. to noon in Room S330 (A/B), college students will have the opportunity to sit with business aviation industry professionals in a roundtable format to learn about career paths, discuss professional goals and get advice on how they can best prepare to enter the field. Join us for this unique opportunity to ask questions and interact directly with industry leaders.


Admission to Career Day is free for all registered students, faculty and chaperones. College students attending University Aviation Association-affiliated schools also qualify for complimentary access to all three days of NBAA-BACE. Those students should contact faculty advisors or the UAA to obtain the free registration code.

NOTE: Please note that students aged 12 – 17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or teacher at all times. Children under 12 are never permitted on the exhibit floor or at the static display of aircraft under any circumstances.

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