14 Dec 1,500 Students Discover Careers in Aviation at Van Nuys Airport
1,500 area students had a unique and exciting opportunity to explore careers in aviation at the 13th Annual “The Sky’s the Limit: Aviation Career Day” on April 27th at Van Nuys Airport.
The Valley Economic Alliance, Councilmember Nury Martinez, Clay Lacy Aviation, and Van Nuys Airport partnered and hosted 54 exhibitors showcasing interactive exhibits, 17 static aircraft displays, high-tech video presentations and industry experts. Major event sponsors included Clay Lacy Aviation, Western Jet Aviation and Signature Flight Support.
“In a time when the aviation industry is experiencing a shortage of pilots, air traffic controllers and other aviation fields, it is more important than ever to introduce aviation to our students,” said City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez.
Van Nuys Airport Manager, Flora Margheritis added, “Whatever a student’s interest might be, we have it in aviation. Students can pursue careers in mechanics, accounting, marketing and much more.”
“This is a fantastic event that introduces youth to the many professions and opportunities available in aviation, many of which can be found right here at VNY,” said Jim Hansen, Owner and Founder of Western Jet Aviation.
Students participated in a panel discussion, “How to Enter a Career in Aviation”, hosted by Aerolease/Aeroplex which included industry professionals that offered up insider tips based on their career experiences. Aircraft display highlights included a U.S. Navy F-18, NASA Armstrong Research Center BE-20 King, a rescue helicopter from the Los Angeles Fire Department, and a WWII-era Condor Squadron AT-6, among several others. Industry experts, including personnel from LAFD and Airport Police, were onsite to answer questions and talk about their careers.
Participants were also treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the history and daily operations of VNY, one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports.