Aviation Club attends the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 61st Annual Meeting and Convention
In Fall 2008, the York College/CUNY Aviation Club attended the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 61st Annual Meeting and Convention at Orlando, Florida. This event helped achieve the club’s mission of exposing students to aviation leaders and a variety of events designed to maximize each student's intellectual, professional and personal growth. Professor Reeves Gandy and ten aviation management students were part of the more than 30,000 NBAA attendees this year.
York College is a member of the University Aviation Association and that membership gives students the opportunity to attend the “NBAA/UAA Reaching Future Business Aviation Professionals: Business Aviation Career Seminar.” This panel session highlighted the benefits of business aviation as a career and provided an introduction to the industry. York students were among the more than 100 students given advice on gaining entry to the industry, what to do in order to succeed in a business aviation career and how to secure employment in this challenging economy. The panelists included Janet Bressler, chief administrative officer of ExcelAire; Jad Donaldson, chief pilot with AvFuel; Daniel Wolf, pilot with Darden Restaurants; and Gary Kiteley, executive director of the Aviation Accreditation Board International, and former director of the UAA.
The students also visited the NBAA Static Display of aircraft held in Orlando’s Executive Airport. There were 139 aircraft on display, examples from the product lines of Gulfstream, Learjet, Cessna, Bombardier, Piper, Airbus, and Boeing. Attendees had the opportunity to purchase aircraft and compare and contrast offers. Joe Hart, the static display manager said, “The 2008 static display is full of the kind of innovations that demonstrate our industry’s vision, with classic aircraft brought up to modern standards that maximize fuel and operational efficiencies.”
This was a highly anticipated event for students, which helped them gain more knowledge in business aviation and gave them the valuable opportunity to network with aviation industry and government leaders. “This experience was worth wild to me, it was kind of like going behind the scenes and seeing how business aviation worked,” said aviation student, Rachel Bridglal.