Students and faculty are invited to the 2021 Collegiate Connect Day, NBAA’s premier event focused on workforce development and community engagement. This year’s career day will be held on Thursday, Oct. 14 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. College students, as well as their school’s faculty and chaperones, are invited to attend for student-focused programming and opportunities, including access to hundreds of exhibitors and a wide variety of business aircraft on display.


9 – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Guest Speakers

U.S. House Rep. Dina Titus (D-1-NV)
U.S. House Rep. Sam Graves (R-6-MO)

Both lawmakers are known on Capitol Hill for their leadership on matters related to the nation’s aviation industry, including as members of the House General Aviation (GA) Caucus.

Read the press release.

9:30 – 10 a.m.

Coffee and Refreshments

sponsored by West Star Aviation

10 – 11 a.m.

Speed-Mentoring with YoPros

This is your opportunity to learn from young professionals about what it’s like to start your career in the business aviation industry – from those who have most recently done it. Come prepared with questions about:

  • Interviewing
  • Picking the best opportunities to apply
  • Getting to know companies you’re interested in working for
  • Anything else on your mind

11 – 11:30 a.m.

YoPro Panel Discussion: Getting Beyond the 9 to 5

Moderator: Jessica McClintock, FuelerLinx

Presenters: Courtland Savage, Fly for the Culture; Julia Harrington, Axis Jet; Ian Lumpp, Business Air

Business aviation provides numerous opportunities to engage at the national and local level. This panel of young industry professionals will share their experiences and provide options to engage in the industry beyond your 9 to 5.


Admission to the one-day Collegiate Connect Day on Oct. 14 is free for all registered students, faculty and chaperones. Select “Student- Careers in Business Aviation Day Complimentary” while filling out the registration form.

College and university students are welcome to attend all three days of NBAA-BACE at a discounted rate of $100.

Students currently enrolled in a University Aviation Association (UAA) member school qualify for complimentary access to all three days of NBAA-BACE happening on Oct. 12-14. Those students should contact their faculty advisors or the UAA directly to obtain the free registration code.

Thank You to the Exclusive Sponsor for Collegiate Connect

West Star Aviation

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