The Valley Economic Alliance has partnered with Van Nuys Airport (VNY) for 12 years to present “The Sky’s the Limit – Aviation Career Day.” Over 1,200 students met with industry professionals to explore aviation careers at the annual event at the Van Nuys Airport’s Clay Lacy Hangar on May 19th.
Kenn Phillips, President and CEO of TVEA delivered welcome remarks as well as TVEA Boardmember Diana Sanchez, Public and Community Relations Director of VNY.
For the first time, the event featured a panel of industry professionals speaking on “How to Enter a Career in Aviation,” based on personal experience. The panel, led by Curt Castagna, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aeroplex/Aerolease Group featured:
-Joe Barber, Clay Lacy (Business Development)
-Samantha Butero, Tron Air Sales Director (Manufacturing)
-Christian Moreno, Chief of Airport Operations (VNY)
-Niall Mulcahy, Station Manager Signature Flight Support (FBO)
-Chris Nielsen, Global Pilot Avalon (Pilot)
-Jason Price, Owner Mach 1 (Flight School)
-Tony Russo, Manager Duncan Avionics (Avionics)
Students in attendance were also provided a behind the scenes airport tour, took part in interactive exhibits and viewed aircraft displays including an F-18, Condor Squadron’s AT-6, the Los Angeles Fire Department Air Rescue Unit and met Airport Police and Airport Operations personnel.