Washington, DC, Oct. 7, 2016 – The National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) much-anticipated annual Careers in Business Aviation Day will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3 during the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, FL. Career Day, which is free for all registered students, faculty and chaperones, kicks off at 9 a.m., and features a number of motivational speakers and informative education sessions.
Speakers Shaesta Waiz and Lyndse Costabile, of Dreams Soar, will share their mission to promote STEM (science, technology, math, engineering) education and inspire the next generation of aviation professionals. The Dreams Soar initiative encourages young people around the world to believe in themselves regardless of challenges and traditions they may face.
Waiz is the face of Dreams Soar, and she will share her inspirational story of going from a refugee camp to becoming first civilian female pilot from Afghanistan. Costabile is president of the Dreams Soar Inc.’s board of directors and is an advocate for women aviators worldwide. Learn more about Waiz and Dream Soar.
Taylor Butterfield, an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) pilot, also will speak at the general session. A vice-president and co-founder of SkyTap, Inc., a company that manages large, commercial UAS flight operations, Butterfield has a background in aviation research and training, and will share his insights into UAS technology and the many career opportunities it offers to young professionals in this field.
“NBAA is invested in business aviation’s future workforce and continues to dedicate the final day of the convention to students, our industry’s next generation of professionals and leaders,” said Peter Korns, NBAA’s manager, operations. “We understand the importance of introducing students to our global industry, and inspiring them to pursue successful and rewarding careers.”
Career Day is open to middle school, high school and college students, and will feature a day of student-related programming and activities. In addition, Korns noted that students are invited to explore the NBAA-BACE exhibit hall, with its more than 1,100 exhibitors, view more than 100 aircraft on two static displays and experience the world’s largest business aviation event of the year.
The highly popular NBAA/University Aviation Association (UAA) Career Seminar for college students will follow the opening session. From 10:30 a.m.-noon, college students will have the opportunity to interact with business aviation industry professionals in a roundtable format to learn about particular career paths, discuss their career goals and get advice on how they can best prepare to enter the field.
College students attending UAA-affiliated schools also qualify for complimentary access to all three days of NBAA-BACE. Students wishing to attend all three days should contact their faculty advisors or UAA to obtain the free registration code. Non-UAA/NBAA college students that wish to attend all of the show can do so at a discounted registration fee of $85.
“NBAA is also pleased to announce that the 2016 Career Day event is being dedicated to the honor and legacy of Janice K. Barden, a long-time leader and visionary in the business aviation industry,” said Korns.
Barden, who founded Aviation Personnel International (API) in 1971 and who was an important contributor to the business aviation community for more than 60 years, passed away in late July. Under her leadership, API’s professional and technical expertise helped set a high bar for quality and performance in the industry. Read more about Barden.
NBAA-BACE will feature more than 1,100 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services in the industry, as well as 100 side-by-side business aircraft on static display, opportunities to network with 27,000 business aviation professionals, and dozens of education sessions to ensure that companies utilizing business aviation are operating as safely and efficiently as possible.
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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 11,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.
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