Students and faculty are invited to the 2019 Careers in Business Aviation Day, NBAA’s premier event focused on workforce development and community engagement. This year’s career day will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24 in Las Vegas, NV, during the third day of the annual NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the world’s largest and most important business aviation event of the year.

NBAA recognizes the value in introducing students to the global business aviation industry and inspiring young people to explore the diversity of aviation careers. High school and college students, as well as their school’s faculty and chaperones, are invited to attend for student-focused programming and opportunities, including access to 1,100 exhibitors and over 100 business airplanes on display.

Event Highlights

NBAA’s Careers in Business Aviation Day features a inspirational keynote speakers, followed by tours of the indoor exhibits, and finally an opportunity to visit the aircraft display at Henderson Executive Airport, where students can experience business airplanes of all types and sizes up close.

8 a.m. Registration begins
9-9:30 a.m. Special VIP Presentation
Steve Dickson, FAA Administrator
Location: Room N-250
9:30-10 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Jim Payne, Chief Pilot, The Perlan Project
Location: Room N-250
10:15 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tour the exhibit floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center
Tour the aircraft display at Henderson Executive Airport

The Perlan Project

The Perlan Project is an aeronautical exploration and atmospheric science research organization that utilizes gliders to fly at extremely high altitudes. Their goal is to reach the edge of space and study how giant stratospheric mountain waves impact our planet’s weather. Perlan’s Mission 1 proved that the highest mountain waves could open the door to the edge of space for gliders. Mission 2 will use a pressurized glider to reach 90,000 feet. Mission 3 will add transonic capabilities and reach 100,000 feet. These missions will provide education and inspiration for young people seeking careers of exploration and adventure in engineering and science. Jim Payne piloted the Perlan 2 glider to shatter his own altitude record on Sept. 2.

Student Admission

Admission to the one-day Careers in Business Aviation Day on Oct. 24 is free for all registered students, faculty and chaperones. College and university students are welcome to attend all three days of NBAA-BACE at a discounted rate of $90. Students currently enrolled in a University Aviation Association (UAA) member school qualify for complimentary access to all three days of NBAA-BACE, Oct. 22-24. Those students should contact faculty advisors or the UAA directly to obtain the free registration code.

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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 aircraft display under any circumstances.

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