Nov 9, 2018

An upbeat new video about careers in business aviation is NBAA’s latest tool in a multi-pronged campaign to attract students and young people to the business aviation industry. The effort is a top priority for NBAA, which is devoting significant resources toward reaching out to this up-and-coming workforce.

“We hope to spark the interest of those special individuals who may not otherwise have exposure to our industry,” said Jo Damato, CAM, NBAA senior director, education strategy. “Many of us in the industry were introduced to business aviation by someone reaching out to or mentoring us. With the current workforce shortage throughout all areas of business aviation, it’s more important than ever that all of us reach out and give back to draw qualified, motivated and enthusiastic young people into our industry.”

The new video is four minutes long and is available for download for use at meetings, in classes, or individually with an interested student. Beautifully filmed and narrated, it touches on a variety of careers available in business aviation.

Download the careers in business aviation video (367 MB, MP4)

The video was developed in coordination with NBAA’s Business Aviation Management Committee, which produced a PowerPoint presentation to accompany the video for members making career day presentations at local high schools, colleges or other venues.

Download the Careers in Business Aviation PowerPoint presentation (9.4 MB, PPT)

Damato noted that the new video complements many other resources also available for NBAA members and others to use in attracting students and young people to consider a career in business aviation. These include:

  • A flyer titled “Consider a Career in Business Aviation,” which can be handed out at high schools and colleges, at career days, and other functions attended by students. Download the flyer (2.4 MB, PDF)
  • A robust and growing scholarship program, which supports students in various segments of business aviation. More than $100,000 in scholarship funds are available both to those seeking to enter the industry and those looking to advance their careers.
  • A special 20-page student edition of Business Aviation Insider magazine, geared toward high schoolers and full of attention-grabbing graphics and information.
  • A new Mentoring Network program, designed to link seasoned business aviation professionals with those new to aviation or others interested in advancing their aviation career.
  • NBAA’s YoPro Council helps sponsor networking receptions around the country. High school and college students are welcome at these events, which are a great way for them to meet other young people already in business aviation as well as industry veterans.
  • NBAA hosts a Careers In Business Aviation Day on the final day of its annual convention, with motivational speakers and the opportunity to visit the exhibit hall and static display. This event has grown every year and is appropriate for students of all ages.
  • NBAA’s website contains a wealth of information for those interested in or new to the industry, including links to regional groups, a jobs board, scholarship information, videos, and much more.

View the NBAA student portal for a full list of resources.