This is a unique opportunity for individuals, students, employers, and educators to network and share ideas and knowledge. Career pilots and military can connect with airlines and explore transition opportunities. Students will 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 25 & 26. Registration at the NW Aviation Career Forum includes FREE admission to the Conference & Trade Show.
Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc
Aviation Training Center
Big Bend Community College
Central Washington University
Embry Riddle Aeronatical College
Epic Aviation Academy
Everett Community College
FAA - Federal Aviation Administration
Great Lake Aviation
Green River Community College
Rainier Flight Service
Rocky Mountain College
Seaplane Pilots Association
Spokane Community Colllege
South Seattle Community College
Trans State Airlines
Walla Walla University
Washington State Patrol
US Army National Guard
US Navy Reserve
US Air Force
US Coast Guard
The WAA offers group and individual scholarships for costs (buses/transportation) and registration. Email or call 866-WAA-SHOW for details.
February 24, 2017 | PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
REGISTRATION AND NEW SCHEDULE SOON FOR 2017 EVENT. THANK YOU!
NOTE TO ATTENDEES RESERVING TO MEET WITH AIRLINES: -
Thank you for your interest in attending the 2017 Forum. Online registration will open in mid-November as soon as we have confirmation from participating airlines. Attendees will have the option of selecting airlines they are interested in meeting –airlines with a demand will be limited at each airline's discretion. Priority will be given by order reserved. Thank you! You may register by emailing registration form prior to online registration opening.
Below is a archived 2016 Schedule.
8:30 AM - Welcome & Event Introduction
John Hansen, Washington Aviation Association
Intro, event co-coordinator and pilot, John Hansen, will share tips on how to get the most out of this event and discuss the unique philosophy of networking and resource gathering for your career path that is this event’s center.
Acing the Airline Interview
Audience: career pilots
We know the hiring minimums but what are airlines looking for in applicants? Hear it directly from airline representatives. A pilot is more than just flying an airplane. It is about professionalism, customer service and attitude. Gain the keys to ensure a successful career. Panel will take you through the steps and share personal experiences. Q & A
Roon B | Heritage
Sky’s the Limit
Audience: students, parents with kids, general aviation
From air traffic control to pilots, mechanics and ground support – What skill sets and training are needed to become employed and be successful in your aviation goals. Aviation professionals will share their journey and answer questions – what to avoid, challenges and victories.
Room C | Founders
Considering the Military Path
Audience: students, new career
If you’re in high school or college and curious if the military can help you get there, than please attend this forum. This will be an opportunity to ask questions and get straight answers about the military path to an aviation career. Forum speakers will represent a wide background of current military aviators, veterans, recruiters and even civilian airline pilots who work with military pilots. This is not a recruiting forum. It is about helping you make the right decision on what’s right for you and your goals.
Room D | Pioneer
College bound: Zero Hours to Restricted ATP
Audience: Students, new pilots airline careers
Interested in becoming a Commercial Airline Pilot, but aren't sure what all that entails? Learn about how combining your flight training with an approved college program can reduce the flight time requirements to becoming Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP). Do you go only to a flight school to learn to fly? Or do you look at a 2-year or 4-year flight program at a FAA approved college or university?
Building Flight Time
Audience: career pilots
What options are available to build flight time and gain experience? This open forum will discuss the wide variety of civilian jobs available to make the next step in your career.
Roon B | Heritage
Taking Your Aviation Education to New Heights with Online Education
Kyle P. Beebe, Director of New Business and Innovative Program Development
Charter College Campus Care
Audience: All attendees
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 D | Pioneer Room
Airman Certification Standards – the FAA’s Test Prep to earning a pilot certificate
Audience: Students, parents with kids, new pilots
Jackie Spanitz, Curriculum Director, Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.
Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) Airman Certification System Working Group, Subgroup Lead
There are 3 steps to earning a pilot certificate: training, the FAA Knowledge Exam, and the Oral & Practical exam, usually referred to as the “checkride”. This presentation will give you insights into the FAA Guidance documents, the Practical Test Standards and Airman Certification Standards, so applicants, instructors and evaluators know how to prepare for, earn, and issue pilot certificates. Learn how FAA training and testing works, so you can prepare for your next step in your path to flying.
Room C | Founders Room
Military Career Track – Session III
If you’re currently serving or a veteran of military service and looking to make the jump to a civilian career, than this forum is for you. Listen to representatives from civilian employers speak about hiring projections and what a competitive candidate looks like. We invite candid questions and answers from both the airline representatives and the audience. Following the presentation, we invite the audience to have a meet and greet opportunity and to speak one on one with participating airline representatives. This forum is for those currently serving on Active Duty or Reserves and Veterans of all branches of military service.
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM | Hot buffet lunch - (please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements).
Getting and Keeping that Dream Job
Audience: Airline ready - networking with airlines; students, parents with kids; general aviation careers
Johnny Summers, ERAU, Alaska Airlines
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
Choosing your Flight Training Path
Audience: Merging career pilots, students, parents with kids decided on a path in airline careers
Moderator: Gordon Alvord : ATP, CFII, MEI : Owner, Rainier Flight Service LLC
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
Opportunities & Insights in Aviation Maintenance
Audience: Students, mechanics interested in maintenance careers and options to increase ratings
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. Attend this session to learn about types of training, where to train and what to expect when you earn your A&P license. Discuss changes in regulations, working conditions, wages, industry projections and your long term goals in maintenance.
Room C | Founders
Bridging the Gap to Military Flight School
Audience: High School, students, new career
If you’re in high school or college and have decided you want a career in military aviation, then you’re invited to attend this forum. Bridging the gap between High School and Military Flight School can seem daunting. Starting the process sooner rather than later is key to being successful. Speakers will discuss how to make that jump and how to steer your career to reach your long-term goals. Learn valuable information on the process of applying, how to be competitive, training and education. Forum speakers will include representatives from College ROTC programs, recruiters, aviators that are currently serving and veterans who are now thriving in the civilian marketplace. Following formal presentations and open question and answers, participants will be able to speak one on one with the speakers and ask more questions.