Interactive infographic on private jets via Forbes Magazine
Some commercial airlines might be closing and the economy is still technically in a recession, but private jet sales are still a robust industry meaning that new business aviation jobs are not only increasing, they are attainable for both young people and those looking for a career change.
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), together with the Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA) are hosting a Career Day at the Long Beach Airport tonight that will give interested locals insight into a variety of available jobs working in and around private business jets, many of which are based at municipal airports around the Southland.
Tonight's Career Day will feature a panel of ten speakers from NBAA and SCAA, who will discuss the variety of jobs needed--such as a pilots, maintenance technicians, flight attendants, operations specialists, dispatchers, sales and marketing professionals--as well as steps to pursue those careers. Those who attend tonight will also get free admittance to the day-long Long Beach Business Aviation Regional Forum being held tomorrow, February 28.
“Long Beach Airport supports 18,000 jobs in the region," said Long Beach Airport Director Mario Rodriguez. "Not only does aviation provide careers, but they are careers that people enjoy. The panel of folks speaking all share a passion for this industry and if you attend, you’ll see why."
Tomorrow's peer-networking forum will feature more than 100 companies, is expected to draw more than 1800 aviation professionals and is designed to meet the needs of regional business aviation communities.
President of Aeroplex/Aerolease Group, Curt Castagna, came up through the ranks washing airplanes and pumping fuel in 1978 to become CEO of one of the top private jet terminals in Long Beach today.
“I enjoy helping people like me learn about traditional and nontraditional jobs in aviation," said Castagna. "There are opportunities in aircraft sales, administration, leasing, FBO management, hospitality, as well as more traditional roles for pilots and flight attendants."
Both events will be held at AirFlite at the Long Beach Airport. Please register online at http://scaamemberlodge.com/events to attend. AirFlite at Long Beach Airport is located at 3250 Airflite Way.