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 21 & 22. Registration at the NW Aviation Career Forum includes FREE admission to the Conference & Trade Show.
Companies/Organizations participating in the Forum:
Airlift NW Rotary Wing Program | Air Methods Corporation
Aviation Training Center
AOPA Air Safety Institute
Big Bend Community College
Central Washington University
Embry Riddle Aeronatical College
Everett Community College
FAA - Federal Aviation Administration
Green River Community College
Hillsboro Aero Academy
Leading Edge Aviation
Pearson Field Education Center
Portland Community College
Rainier Flight Service
South Seattle Community college
Trans State Airlines
Washington State Patrol
UND - University of North Dakota
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. The SEAPLANE PILOTS ASSOCIATION will be awarding TWO float rating training scholarships to pilots at this event. Email or call 866-WAA-SHOW for details.
February 20 | PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
REGISTRATIONIS CLOSED FROR FRIDAY'S EVENT. AIRLINES AND EXHIBITORS WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE CAREER FORUM WILL BE AT THE CONFERENCE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AS WELL.
There will be NO registration at the gate OR ONSITE.
Check-in begins at 8:00 AM, FREE parking in Blue Lot, enter through BLUE gate.
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM | Keynote Area:
Flight to Success: How to Achieve the Level of Success you Deserve
Karlene Petitt is an International Airline Pilot, type rated on the A 330, B747, B747-200, B757, B767, B737, B727, and author of the best selling novels, Flight For Control and Flight For Safety, and her most recent motivation book: Flight To Success, Be the Captain of Your Life. Navigating the aviation industry for over 37 years, having worked for eight airlines, instructing, and flying while raising a family, Karlene will share tips on how to achieve the level of success you deserve. You too can be the captain of your life!
This dynamic presentation will be followed by “DAYS” in the lives of aviation professionals.
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Room B | Pioneer
Careers in Aviation – The Sky’s the Limit!
From air traffic control to pilots 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.
Moderator | Minard Thompson, FAA Safety Team Program Manager; Panel: Jacob Canty, UND Aerospace; Karen Mitchell ,Air Traffic Controller (retired) ;Tom Struck, Airlift Northwest Rotary Wing Program Aviation Manager, Air Methods Corporation; Trooper Chris Noll, WA State Patrol; Speaker TBA, US Coast Guard; Johnny Summers, Alaska Airlines, DPE, ERAU Worldwide
Room C | Founders
Military Reserve Options for Aviation
Speak with members of the Reserves and National Guard who will provide insightful knowledge on how part-time military service can benefit you as an aeronautical professional. Open to military and civilian audience. flyer
Moderator | LTJG Morgan Lawrence, Navy Reserves; Panel: COL Garrin Tentschert, USAF Reserves, Alaska Airlines Chief Pilot; CW5 Teresa Burgess, CCWO WA Army National Guard; CDR Bill Davis, US Navy Reserve, Alaska Airlines; CW4 Larry Pilamelee, TN Army National Guard; TSGT Orlando Andujar, USAF Reserve recruiter
Airline Topic I | Career Expectations
Whether you are starting your flight training or preparing for a major airline interview, Gordon will provide a candid and current overview on what particular airlines are looking for in their future pilots and what you can do now to ensure a successful job entry with the company of your choice. This lively discussion will offer insight insight into this competitive industry and offer tips on how you can set yourself ahead of the crowd. Presenter: Gordon Alvord, Rainier Flight Service
Room D | Heritage
Opportunities in Aviation Maintenance
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. Presenters: Patrick Murphy, Composite Instructor, Everett Community College; Marshall Pryor, Faculty Dept. Chair, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Portland Community College; Bryant Lusk, Air Traffic Safety Inspector, National Airspace Systems, Federal Aviation Administration.
Room B | Pioneer
College bound: Zero Hours to Restricted ATP
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?
Moderator: Rheanna Isakson, ERAU; Panel: Jennifer Borge, ERAU; Bryan McKune, CWU Moses Lake Aviation Program Coordinator; Manny Villalobos, Westminster College
Room C | Founders
Lateral moves and Inter-Service Transfers
Are you considering a transfer to another branch of service or achieving another MOS within your own service? Discuss with service members about their experiences in this area who will help you decide if this is right for you. flyer
Moderator | LTJG Morgan Lawrence, Navy Reserves; Panel: CDR Bill Davis, US Navy Reserve, Alaska Airlines; Steve Axley, US Coast Guard; CW5 Teresa Burgess, CCWO WA Army National Guard; CW4 Larry Pilamelee, TN Army National Guard; TSGT Orlando Andujar, USAF Reserve recruiter
Airline Topic II: Options on Building Flight Time
Flight training facilities discuss the pros/cons of methods to build flight time and be competitive in the job market. Open Forum
Moderator | Gordon Alvord, Rainier Flight Service; Panel: Jacob Canty, University of North Dakota, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace; Anthony Remboldt, Walla Walla University; Christopher Ward – Green River CC; Andrew Miller, CFI, Aviation Safety Institute; Bradley Donaldson, Rainier Flight Service; Jason Underhill, Central Washington University
Room D | HERITAGE
Enhancing Your Maintenance Portfolio
What can you do to enhance your offerings within the private sector or the federal government? Adding certificates and learning new skills increases your value to your employer - your income, and retirement! Meeting the changing needs of the industry is essential.
Presenters: Patrick Murphy, Composite Instructor, Everett Community College; Marshall Pryor, Faculty Dept. Chair, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Portland Community College; Bryant Lusk, Air Traffic Safety Inspector, National Airspace Systems, Federal Aviation Administration.
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM | Hot buffet lunch - (please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements). Be sure to visit exhibitors during break.
Room B | Pioneer
Fostering Aviation Educational Opportunities
A panel discuss ways in which K-12 educators and college/career counselors can create curriculum to introduce an aviation theme into their current classes. Businesses and educators need to work together develop strategies to dam the pending pilot shortages.
Moderator: Jacob Canty, Asst. Chief Instructor, University of North Dakota, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; Panel: Laureano L. Mier, Director Aviation Education Programs, Pearson Field Education Center, Anthony Remboldt, Walla Walla University, Michael Rodriguez – FAA Air Traffic Safety Inspector; Bryant Lusk – FAA Air Traffic Safety Inspector; Clarence Dancer (CJ) – CTE specialist with Washington State
Room C | Founders
Life Beyond Military
Representatives from various companies including Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, and NW Airlift, will be on hand to speak directly about their future hiring needs and how your military service and experience can benefit your civilian career. flyer
Moderator: LTJG Morgan Lawrence, Navy Reserves, Compass Airlines; Panel: COL Garin Tentschert, Alaska Airlines Chief Pilot, USAF Reserve; Carlos Zendejas, Alaska Airlines; Michael Reed, Alaska Airlines; CDR Bill Davis, Alaska Airlines, Navy Reserves; Bill Thomson, Assistant Chief Pilot, Horizon Air; Tom Struck, Airlift Northwest Rotary Wing Program Aviation Manager, Air Methods Corporation; Karlene Pettit, International Airline Pilot, Author; Wes Blankenship, Compass Airlines; Brendin Nelson, Compass Airlines
Airline Topic III – Regional Airlines
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
Moderator: Gordon Alvord, Rainier Flight Service; Panel: Brandon Engbretson, Kenmore Air; Joe Scheil, SkyWest; April Eriksson, Horizon Air, Karl Baxter, ExpressJet Airlines
Room D | HERITAGE
Choosing & Financing your Aviation Path
There are many different paths to a career in aviation, and the financial considerations for each path are different. An overview of training options for FAA certificates and college degrees looks at topics like the military, commercial flight & maintenance training, accredited college programs, and scholarships and grants.
Moderator: Andrew Miller, CFI, AOPA Aviation Safety Institute; Panel: Manny Villalobos, Westminster College, Jason Underhil, Central Washington University; Bryan McKune, CWU Moses Lake Aviation Program Coordinator
Room B | Pioneer
Take Flight! What's the Next Step
Learn about the joys and the passion every pilot develops for their aviation career. Explore the challenges of learning to fly; all the needed knowledge, the financial expense to gaining experience, and the self motivation needed to be successful. Industry leaders offer insights and mentoring. Learn what they did right and the things they would change.
Moderator: John Swedburg, Flight Instructor Emeritus, Big Bend Community College; Panel: Johnny Summers, Alaska Airlines, DPE, ERAU Worldwide; Steve McCaughy, President Seaplane Pilot's Association, Anthony Remboldt, Walla Walla University; Jason Underhill, Central Washington University
Room C | Founders
Education Opportunities for Veterans
Military service entitles you to excellent educational benefits. The greatest thing you can do to advance your career in aviation is to continue to educate yourself. Speak with representatives from colleges, universities and flight schools that can help you take advantages of those benefits. Open to both a military and civilian audience. flyer
Moderator: Morgan Lawrence, ERAU; Panel: Jacob Canty, University of North Dakota, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Science; Andy Miller, CFI, AOPA Aviation Safety Institute; Jerry Kidrick, ERAU Prescott; Daniel Jones, Hillsboro Aero Academy
Airline Topic IV Major Airlines
Representatives from major airlines share projections and answer questions. What is HR looking for in their pilots? Q & A
Moderator: Gordon Alvord, Rainier Flight Service
Panel: John Hornibrook , Chief Pilot, Alaska Air, Chris Notaro – Alaska/ALPA; Karlene Pettit, International Airline Pilot, Author
FEB 20 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Showplex, Puyallup, WA
Doors open: FRI @ 8:00 AM
First presentation: 9:00 AM
THANK YOU FOR YOUR OUTSTANDING SUPPORT!
This event is suitable for aviation enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels. Student discounts available, please call for details.
Washington State Fair Events Center