Students and faculty are invited to the 2022 Collegiate Connect, NBAA’s premier event focused on workforce development and community engagement. This year’s career day will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20 in Orlando, FL, 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.

Admission to the one-day Collegiate Connect on Oct. 20 is free for all registered students, faculty and chaperones. You must present your school/university ID at a registration counter to obtain your student badge for NBAA-BACE.

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Networking

Location: Orange County Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Keynote Area

Coffee and refreshments will be served as attendees take this opportunity to connect with other students, NBAA YoPros and industry leaders prior to the keynote panel. Don’t miss the welcome remarks from the FAA Deputy Administrator Brad Mims!

9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Keynote Panel: Secrets of Record Setters

Location: Orange County Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Keynote Area

Moderator: Ian Lumpp, Flying Magazine
Barrington Irving, Flying Classroom
Brad Mims, FAA
Shaesta Waiz, Dreams Soar

What does it take to be a world record setter? When pilot Barrington Irving flew solo around the world in 2010, he was both the first African American to do so and, at the time, the youngest person to complete the feat. In 2017, the first certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan, Shaesta Waiz, became the youngest woman to fly around the world in a single-engine aircraft. Hear from both of these inspiring trailblazers about the importance of setting goals of all sizes, learning from setbacks, and putting in the hard work to ultimately achieve success.

10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Mental Wellness for Aspiring Aviation Professionals

Location: Orange County Convention Center, Innovation Zone

Moderator: Jo Damato, CAM, NBAA
Elizabeth Bjerke, Ph. D., University of North Dakota
Irene Miller, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Students, your mental wellness is a priority as you ascend in your aviation career. Learn how to find a peer support network, or create your own, that can support you now and grow with you as you work through life and professional challenges throughout your aviation career.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The AMP Experience: Mini General Familiarization for AMTs

Location: Orange County Convention Center, Education Theater 1

Join Barrington Irving, CEO, Flying Classroom, and Bombardier Ambassador for a general familiarization course for A&P students, which will introduce AMTs to the opportunities within business aviation. Attendees will receive a certificate awarding them credit for a 5-hour course. This session is open to current AMT students as well as current AMTs working in the industry. Learn how to use the aircraft maintenance manual and identify appropriate supplementary publications; locate and interpret important placards and markings; gain an understanding of landing gear systems, including tire inspections; and identify servicing points and door locations. Following the discussion, there will be a hands-on opportunity for attendees to complete various visual inspections of an aircraft on a checklist and upload to the Bombardier Academy for final assessment to issue a certificate of completion. Those who complete the discussion and aircraft visual inspection will receive a certificate of completion for the training.

11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Ask the YoPros ANYTHING

Location: Orange County Convention Center, Innovation Zone

This is your chance to ask members of the YoPro Council, NBAA 40 Under 40 recipients and other business aviation young professionals anything about their common non-traditional career paths. Learn about working in a multi-generational industry and secrets to ascending in a business aviation career. Newly-added special guests include Lynda Tran, DOT Director of Public Engagement & Senior Advisor, and Kevin LaRosa, pilot and “Top Gun: Maverick” cinematographer.

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

YoPro Go & Farewell Prizes

Location: Orange County Convention Center, Innovation Zone

Be sure to stay until the end of the program to learn more about being an NBAA YoPro and to win some great prizes. You must be present to win!

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