Aviation Day Professionals Bring New Possibilities for Careers in Aviation to York Students

The Aviation Club sponsored its 2nd Annual Aviation Day on April 2, 2009. This event continues to bring York Aviation Management students, high school students, and industry professionals together to discuss aviation careers.

This year’s event featured Charles J. Crawley, Jr. from Allianz Aviation Managers, LLC., Amy M. Roy from IMS Health, and Martin J. Ingram from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at an Aviation Career Round Table. The panel was moderated by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Office of Strategic Initiatives Director, Cruz C. Russell.

The panelists highlighted the benefits and career opportunities of the aviation industry and encouraged students to aspire to aviation careers. They advised students to get internships or part time jobs in order to figure out what they want to do after graduation. Also discussed was the current economic climate and how their companies are being affected.

Jenny Chimbo, President of the Aviation Club led the student run effort to give students the opportunity to network with industry experts and gain knowledge of careers available in the industry.

Crawley, Vice President and Underwriting Airline Manager of Allianz, has been part of the aviation industry for over 30 years and served as a Captain and Aircraft Commander in the United States Air Force’s (USAF) Air National Guard. Crawley was also a former member of Airline and Manufacturers Committees for International Union of Aviation Insurers. He advises students to always think ahead and that in the aviation industry one must always be ready for change.  “Strive to be a factor in whatever you do and bring your passion to the position,” Crawley advised.

Roy is an aviation scheduler and flight coordinator for IMS Health, the world’s leading provider of information solutions to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. She served as Chair of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee for 2006-2007, and is a private pilot and Chair of the Northeast Dispatchers & Schedulers Regional Group. Roy encourages students to consider careers in business aviation and to apply for the NBAA scholarships (www.nbaa.com/prodev/scholarships). “You should take any opportunity available even if it means working overnight shifts and smelling like jet fuel,” advised Roy.

Ingram is the Assistant Division Manager at the FAA Eastern Region Flight Standards Division. He began his employment with the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller at New York Center in Ronkonkoma in 1978, and holds an Airline Transport Pilot Rating in multi-engine airplane and rotorcraft aircraft and is type rated in the Boeing 747 and other aircraft. In addition Ingram is a certified flight instructor, dispatcher and a certified flight engineer with a Turbojet rating. He advises students to take advantage of opportunities that are offered now and which were not offered to him in the past. Ingram also encourages the York Aviators to look to the government and military for career possibilities. He confirmed that the FAA has a need to hire Air Traffic Controllers.

According to York Aviator, Hanna Mohammed, this event gave her the opportunity to aspire to be like the panelists and she could relate to Roy who has an Aviation Management Degree. Another York Aviator, Faiza Parveen, focused on how the panelists explained different paths to success in the aviation industry.

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