Aviation CAREER Forum

Held at the Washington State Fair Events Center Showplex, Puyallup WA

February 20, 2015 | 9 am - 3 pm
Registration open at 8 am.

The Washington Aviation Association is honored to have the opportunity to present a forum for aviation enthusiasts - young & seasoned students, the chance to network with speakers and facilities at this inexpensive aviation-centric event!



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Airline Hiring Update 2/15/2014
Tthe following airlines are partnering to offer information and networking: Horizon Air, Alaska Airlines, PenAir and SkyWest. All will be on hand during the Conference as well (Saturday) with recruitment personnel. Friday's event is a great opportunity to meet these individuals.

The Business & Career Forum is a separate event from the Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show. Preregistration is required for FRIDAY event.

If you would like more information on Airport Forum sessions, click here.

Click here to download 2014 Career Forum brochure.

CALL NOW: 866-922-7469/ locally 360-427-5599 or email Rachel with any questions!

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Schedule and speakers

 

Time: Seminar Room, Title & Description: Presenters:

9:00 am -
9:45 am

Keynote Area: General Session
Taking Flight: What Propels us Into Aviation, Part I
What fuels your passion to be in aviation? Is this an incurable disease? As the saying goes, "To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home," Join us on this light-hearted dynamic presentation as we experience visual "Days" from aviation guest speakers: airline management, agricultural pilot and a mission pilot.

Jonathan "JJ" Greenway, Director
Business Development, CAPACG
Kerry Straub, Assistant Chief Pilot for the WWU Aviation Program
Gene Hahn, Gene Hahn, Sr. VP Operations, Horizon Air
John Hansen, CA Horizon Air

10:00 am-
10:45 am

Room C | Founders
Taking the Military Path to an Aviation Career

An aviation career can be very costly. Guard/Reserve Unit, UPT can lead to exciting aviation careers including fighters, heavy aircraft, propeller powered aircraft or UAVs, Coast Guard, State Patrol.

Johnny Summers, Alaska Airline Pilot, Designated Pilot Exam. Professor for ERAU Worldwide
Trooper Chris Noll, pilot, Washington State Patrol
Weston Sewall, US Airforce

  Room D | Heritage
Choosing & Financing your Aviation Career

Understanding your goals and a sound financial plan are the first steps to a career in aviation. Assistance comes in many forms including scholarships and grants. Learn what's available and how you should be planning now.

Manny Villalobos, Westminster College
Michelle Tissot
, ERAU, Prescott
Jacob D. Canty, Crookston Flight Training Center Site Manager, UND
Dan Hargrove, Rocky Mountain College

 

Room E | North
Opportunities in Aviation Maintenance
Now is a great time to get your A&P license. Learn about the type of training, where to train, and what to expect when you earn your A&P license. Details on starting wages, and what the working conditions are like at different location.

Patrick Murphy, Aviation Maintenance, Everett Community College
Kerry Straub, Director of Maintenance, Aviation Program, Walla Walla University

11:00 am - 11:45 pm

Room D | Heritage
New Regulations and your Path to the Airlines
The new regulations that took effect in August 2013 created several significantly different ways for individuals to become qualified for a job with the airlines.  The purpose of this presentation is to give students a clear picture of the advantages and disadvantages of the various ways to become qualified.

Gerry Fairbairn, Ph.D.
Chair, Aviation Studies Division, Westminster College
Gordon Smith, Assistant chief pilot Horizon Air SEA
Jason Underhill, Central Washington University
Dan Hammes – Director of Academics, ERAU, Seattle/Tacoma

  Room C | Founders
A Myriad of Opportunities In Aviation

From piloting helicopters to directing aircraft in a busy airport; saving lives to saving airports - there are so many ways you can have a rewarding career in aviation. Panel will share their varied paths to their careers and answer questions.

John M. Swedburg, Chief Flight Instructor, Aviation Division Chair Big Bend Community College
Minard Thompson
, FAA Safety Team Program Manager
Jacob D. Canty, Crookston Flight Training Center Site Manager
Asst. Chief Instructor, UND
Courtney Meredith, GA Coordinator, King County International Airport/Boeing Field
Tracy Nix, Air Traffic Controller, FAA

  Room E | North
Maintenance: The Computer Science of Aviation
With the integration of traditional mechanical systems with electronic controls the role of the aviation maintenance technician has evolved into one part mechanic, one part electrician and one part computer programmer. This session will review the knowledge, skill and abilities needed for the next generation aircraft.

Ric Peri, Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs for the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA)

12:00 pm 12:00 - 12:45 - Lunch & keynote presentation
Taking Flight: What Propels us Into Aviation, Part II
A look into "A Day in the Life" of Aviation

The conversation continues with more visual "Days" from guest speakers; a search and rescue volunteer pilot, airline pilot and an an airport manager. How can we be mentors to the next generation of aviators and help promote a healthy future for aviation. Aviation is part of all our lives. Let's acknowledge it.
Jonathan "JJ" Greenway, Director
Business Development, CAPACG
Scott Spanier, First Officer, Alaska Airlines
Captain Ed "Riv" Hrivnak, author, Wounded, volunteer rescue pilot for Snohomish County
Airport manager TBA

1:15 pm-
2:00 pm

Room D | Heritage
Airline Hiring Forecasts
Regional and National representatives will take share projections and insights and answer questions. We know the hiring minimums, but what are airlines looking for in their pilots? Panel will take you through the steps and share personal experiences - Q&A

Gene Hahn, Sr. VP Ops, Horizon Air
Dan Hargrove, Director of Aviation, Rocky Mountain College
Kelly Fundeen, recruiting, PenAir
Marie Campbell, Aviation Training Center John Hornibrook, Chief Pilot, Alaska Airlines

 

Room C | Founders
So You Want to Fly for a Living?
What are the steps to a successful career as a pilot?Discussion on future wage projections and changing requirements. What does it cost? How long does it take? What is the best program to choose? What activities will kill your career options? Q & A

Anthony Remboldt, Director of Training Aviation Program, Walla Walla University
Steve McCaughey, Executive Director, Seaplane Pilots Assoc.
Scott Spanier, FO, Alaska Airlines
Greg Gause, MAS, Associate Campus Director Worldwide Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Tacoma Campus
Teresa Sloan, professor, Central WA University

 

Room E | North
Don't Lose Sight of The Business of Aviation
Many people look at the technical side of being an aviation maintenance technician (AMT). In reality, the AMT functions more as an 'airworthiness consultant' to the owners and operators of the aircraft than simply their technician. This session investigates the non-technical side of regulatory compliance, and the business opportunities of the AMT.

Ric Peri, Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs for the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA)

2:15 pm -
3:00 pm

Room D | Heritage
The Seminar Everyone Should Attend
Are you waiting to hear back on your applications? How can you be sure HR didn't "round file" them? Networking, professionalism, the right attitude, a polished resume and "do's and don'ts" of the interview are just some of things that will make you stand out in the hiring process.

Gene Hahn, Sr. VP Operations, Horizon Air
Dan Hammes Director of Academics, ERAU, Seattle/Tacoma
John M. Swedburg, Chief Flight Instructor, Aviation Division Chair Big Bend Community College
John Hornibrook, Chief Pilot, Alaska Airlines

 

Room C | Founders
Check Rides and DPEs: A Peek Behind the Veil

How do examiners evaluate a student? A discussion of check ride regulatory components, common fears and errors. Dispel some of the fear and mystery that surrounds a check ride. Be prepared facing that next check ride.

Johnny Summers, Alaska Airline, DPE, Professor for ERAU Worldwide
Loury J. Duffy, Director Of Operations, Chief Flight Instructor, Aviation Program
Walla Walla University
Dave Stahl, DPE Seattle FSDO

 

Room E | North
Put Wings on Your Maintenance Career
What you can do to enhance your offerings? Adding certificates and learning new skills increases your value to your employer. Meeting the changing needs of the industry is always a positive step.

Patrick Murphy, Aviation Maintenance, Everett Community College
Kerry Straub, Director of Maintenance, Aviation Program, Walla Walla University
Shawn Toth, maintenance manager, PenAir


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Cost is $35.00/pp - included seminars, registration, credentials, lunch, reception AND admission to conference SAT/SUN.