Thank you to everyone who made this such a success!
NOTE: This was a Pre-conference Event
for trade show and conference information SAT|SUN please click here!
For three decades the Washington Aviation Association has been pleased to present the Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show in Puyallup, Washington. This event has grown to over 75 hours of safety seminars and 122,000 sf of aviation displays with an annual attendance of over 10,000!
Businesses found specialized information on marketing, leadership, insurance, human resources, tax incentives and tips to be successful in aviation. Airports found conversations on all aspects of managing, operating and growing their facilities.
If you knew individuals, young and old, who were considering their options in a career in aviation – this was an important event!
Current and prospective pilots and other aviation professionals were invited to learn more about the imminent changes in the industry and get tools to follow a successful path in aviation.
Why is it important we have this conversation? WSDOT Education Study Team Report Findings
We all understand the value of teamwork. No one can deny that it is in everyone's best interest to work together to save costs, solve problems and generate positive change. In 2003 when WSDOT released their EST Report we knew it... now that the economy is dictating how a lot of us spend our dwindling dollars -- it's even more important. Cooperation is the key to a strong future in aviation.
Excerpt from the WSDOT report. Full report can be viewed at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/Training/
Distinction between education and outreach
Education and outreach needs in this state are diverse and touch many different audiences. Education provided by the State directly contributes to training, skills acquisition, and mastering aviation techniques. The needs include:
Aviation career education (K-12, high school focus)
Many aviation stakeholders have identified the ongoing need to attract talent to aviation career opportunities, especially to diverse groups. We want to make aviation more accessible to all, and there is a need for greater awareness of diverse career opportunities. There may, for example, be a public mis-perception that there are fewer opportunities available with the changes in Boeing in the local job market, confusing aviation with aeronautics.
It is in the State's interest that Washington have a talent pool to meet the demand for jobs in Aviation. There are many organizations who share that interest, and there are opportunities for the State to support those efforts as an advocate and partner.
Need for a common aviation education vision
Although there are a large number of agencies and organizations who provide aviation education, there is a need for better coordination between the various aviation education groups, who share a common interest. A common vision for aviation education will help ensure that resources are efficiently deployed with a minimum of duplication and a maximum of cooperation.
THANK YOU !
Al Abbott - Carrotstick Marketing
Renee Alexander - Education Program, FAA
Tristan Atkins -Director of Aviation, WSDOT
Sue Benedict - CPA, Fitchitt, Benedict & Clark, P.S. Inc - invited
Patricia Bening - Faculty, Dept. of Aviation, Central Washington University
Janet Bressler - AOPA Insurance Services
Marie Campbell - Aviation Training Center
Jacob Canty, Flight Manger, University of Minnesota Crookston Aviation Department - representing UND
Kevin Clegg - Pierce Co Economic Develop.
John Collins - Pierce County Public Works
Loury Duffy - Director of Operations
Aviation Program, Walla Walla University
Jamelle Garcia - Executive Director, WAA
Dan Grisham- HR Pierce Co. – invited
Gene Hahn - Sr. VP Operations, Horizon Air
Dan Hammes – Director of Academics, ERAU, Seattle/Tacoma
Dan Hargrove - Director of Aviation, Rocky Mountain College
Senator Steve Hobbs - invited
Amy Hoover - PhD, Chair, Dept. of Aviation Central Wash.University
Kristi Ivy - NBAA - invited
Joint Base Lewis McChord
David Ketchum -WA State Community Airports Association
Jerry Kidrick, Department Chair Flight, Flight Tech Admin, ERAU, Prescott
Steve McCaughy - Executive Director, Seaplane Pilots Association
Patrick Murphy - Aviation Maintenance, Everett Community College
Gregory Pecoraro - VP Government Affairs, Airports and State Advocacy
Anthony Remboldt - Director of Training Aviation Program, Walla Walla University
Ben Sclair - Editor, General Aviation News
Kyle Schmidtke - Pierce County
Teresa Sloan - Central WA University
Jay Simons - Pierce County
Lt. Jason Smith - US Coast Guard
Scott Spanier - pilot, Alaska Airlines
Kerry Straub - Director of Maintenance
Aviation Program, Walla Walla University
Johnny Summers - Alaska Airline Pilot, Designated Pilot Exam. Professor for ERAU Worldwide
John M. Swedburg -Big Bend Comm. College
Minard D. Thompson, Jr. - Safety Team Program Manager, FAA
Michelle Tissot , Admissions Counselor, ERAU, Prescott
David Ulane -A.A.E., Northwest Mountain Regional Manager, AOPA
Manny Villalobos - Westminster College
Deb Wallace - Pierce County Airport and Ferry Administrator
Rod Wetherby - Spencer Aircraft & Simflight
Washington State Patrol
Shannon Yeager - Vice President AOPA’s Center to Advance the Pilot Community
Ryan Zulauf - Legislative Committee Chair,Washington Airport Management Association`
- includes lunch, reception AND admission to NWAC & TS.