A variety of summer experiences, aimed toward middle and high school students, are sparking interest in aviation and aviation-related careers – including business aviation.
“These summer experiences are so important to the kids and to our industry as a whole,” said Kristi Ivey, NBAA’s Northwest regional representative. “Young people often think a career in aviation is out of reach or impractical. Or they think it means flying airplanes, because they have no exposure other aspects of the industry.
“These programs will continue to be crucial to growing a competent workforce that is passionate about aviation,” she added.
The camps’ emphasis on the importance of general aviation – including business aviation – as an industry that supports more than 1 million American jobs, reflects a central theme of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, jointly sponsored by NBAA and GAMA.
“Our goal is to build an investment in the community by getting kids interested in aviation,” said Justin Waugh, from Summit Aviation of Bozeman, MT, which offers a wide variety of summer programs for kids ages 9 to 17.