An opportunity for pilots, students, employers, and educators to network.
Career pilots connect with airlines and explore employment opportunities.
Mechanics can learn about industry opportunities and advancements.
Students explore career options, scholarships, and aviation schools.
Airlines and Colleges share industry forecasts and wish lists.
This event is independent of the Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show, FEB 23 & 24. Registration at the NW Aviation Career Forum includes admission to the Conference & Trade Show.
Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc
Aviation Training Center
Boeing Airplane Co.
Big Bend Community College
Central Washington University
Contract Aircraft Technicians
Embry Riddle Aeronatical College
Everett Community College
FAA - Federal Aviation Administration
Hillsboro Aero Academy
Lane Community College (OR)
Latino Pilots Association
Life Flight Network
Rainier Flight Service
Rocky Mountain College
Seaplane Pilots Association
Sno Isle Technical
South Seattle Community College
Southern Utah University
Spokane Community Colllege
Top Flight Jobs
Trans State Airlines
UND Aerospace (North Dakota)
US Army National Guard
US Navy Reserve
US Air Force
US Coast Guard
Washington State Patrol
Wings Financial Credit Union
Academic group and individual scholarships may be available. Email or call 866-WAA-SHOW for details.
February 22, 2019 | PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, Check In opens at 8:00 AM
2019 Schedule & Exhibitor list will be updated October 2018
Thank you to the businesses, airlines, colleges and organizations who are joining us at this event. Event is hosted in the Showplex, Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup, WA. Directions available here.All attendees must pre-register to participate.
Registration ($35/ until JAN 1 - after $45) includes lunch FRI as well as attendance to the NW Aviation Conference SAT & SUN.
There is a 50% refund available until 1/15/2019 and no refund after this date.
Please indicated airlines you are interested in visiting with. Be sure to check in at the event with the WAA volunteers.
1. Register online with credit card (this page) complete necessary field and include TT/PIC/Cell if airline pilot
2. We will send a reminder that you are registered by email two weeks prior to the event.
3. When you arrive (after 8:00 AM), check in to receive badge and packet.
4. Attend seminars and visit exhibitors! Enjoy the catered lunch. If you are meeting with airlines, they will contact you directly by text during the day to invite you to the one-on-one. THERE ARE NO RESERVED "TIME SLOTS" – we notify the airlines after you are on site and they contact you by text.
You may also use the attached registration form to register. Email or call Rachel, 360-427-5599, with questions.
Preliminary Career Forum Schedule
9:00 AM - Welcome & Event Introduction
Washington Aviation Association
The Forum is designed to offer students (high school and college) and ndustry professionals an opportunity to gather aviation career resources, ask questions, and network with businesses, colleges and organizations. This introduction will share ways in which you can get the most out of your day as well as outline event expectations for attendees and presenters.
A Discussion with the Attending Airlines
Panel of representatives from on site exhibiting airlines
Audience: career pilots
We know the minimums but what are regional airlines looking for in applicants? Hear it directly from representatives from attending airlines. Compare salaries, hiring incentives, benefits and flow through paths. Panel will offer insights & suggestions for success. Q & A
Room C | Founders
Job Readiness Workshop: Part I | Skills, Resumes & Social Media
What are employers looking for in ideal candidates? Develop a resume that will generate results and stand out in today’s job market! Tips on how to write, format and polish your resume and – get it into the right hands! Use social media as part of a comprehensive strategy to boost your professional presence. This session will provide you with short cuts to online aviation job resources.
Room D | Heritage
A Panel Discussion on Choosing a Path to Career In Aviation | Military, College, Building Time
Panel from colleges, flight schools and military background
Audience: students, new career
Get straight answers about the best path to an aviation career for your situation. Forum panel represent colleges, current military aviators, ROTC, as well as career pilots who have built time through employment. This lively discussion will help you make the decision right for you and your goals and discuss the pros and cons.
Room E | North Foyer
AVIATION MAINTENANCE | Maintenance Insights & Updates
Audience: Students, mechanics, transitioning military mechanics
Considering a maintenance career? Currently training and wondering what’s your next step? Learn which companies are hiring and what can you do now or in the future to be a superior job candidate. Discuss changes in regulations, working conditions, wages, industry projections and your long term goals in maintenance
Room B | Pioneer
Commercial Seaplane Flying: The Adventure Path Less Traveled
Flying seaplanes can elevate your career path, and might even forever change your aspirations. There is an alternative to flying at flight levels on auto pilot for pilots looking for more real stick time in unique locations with interesting customers. Learn about the wonderful opportunities of flying seaplanes as a way to jump start your career and/or take it on the path less traveled.
Room C | Founders
Job Readiness Workshop, Part II | Application & Interviewing Tips
Employers use your application to compare your qualifications to others – be complete, neat and accurate, target your qualifications and positively answer tough questions. Sell your skills and abilities at the interview and find out if the job and company are right for you. Learn how to prepare for the job interview, how to display confidence and answer common interview questions.
Room D | Heritage Room
Commercial Aviation: The Skies the Limit
Get the most out of your current training to determine what ratings are necessary to transition to employment in maintenance and pilot careers with air ambulance, law enforcement, fire & utility flying as well as commercial air carriers.
Room B | Pioneer Room
Taking Your Aviation Education to New Heights with Online Education
Kyle P. Beebe, Director of New Business and Innovative Program Development
There are many different paths to obtaining your college degree in aviation. Explore the benefits of online education and the synergy it creates with flight training. Buckle up because the future is now!
Room E | North Foyer
How to keep your medical certificate alive and well, Tips from a FAA Flight Surgeon.
12:15 PM- 1:30 PM | Hot buffet lunch - (please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements).
Room C | Founders Room
Getting and Keeping that Dream Job
Johnny Summers, Bethany Consulting, Captain, Alaska Airlines
Audience: networking with airlines; students, parents with kids; general aviation careers
Now that you've had the opportunity to meet the airlines – what if they call you back? What to expect in the process, how to be most effective in your networking. How do you set yourself above all the other candidates and make the best impression possible. What to avoid & how to maintain your goals. Q/A
Room D | Heritage Room
Choosing your Flight Training Path
Moderator: Speaker TBD
Audience: Merging career pilots, students Local school or college? Part 61 or 141? We will discuss the pros and cons of flight training options to help determine which is best for you to build flight time and be competitive in the job market. This lively discussion will offer insight into this competitive industry and offer tips on how you can set yourself ahead of the crowd. Open Forum, Q/A.
Room B | Pioneer
Aviation Maintenance: Options for Employment
Audience: Students, mechanics
Representatives from area aviation facilities will discuss qualifications and train-ing specific to long term employment at their facilities. What is the right choice for you? It’s not all about good income prospects – be confident in choices that are good for your life balance.
Military Transition | Military Pilot to Airline Pilot
Representatives will answer questions on hiring projections and what a competitive candidate can do to make the transition to a civilian air carrier. Open to non-military as well as active or veteran of all branches.
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM | EXHIBITOR & ATTENDEE MINGLE
2019 REGISTRATIONOnline registration open for the 2019 Career Forum. Includes full access to FRI forum and exhibits; catered lunch and admission to NW Aviation Conference. ($35)
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