Careers in Aviation Expos

Wings and Helicopters magazines are Canada’s national aviation publications. The Wings/Helicopters CIA Expos are a live version of the Careers in Aviation Guide (published in our Jan./Feb issues of the magazine). The Expos are aimed at educating young adults in elementary, college and university who would like to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace.

Grassroots education is an important issue in our industry, especially given the large number of aviation pilots, maintenance engineers, aerospace professionals and others who will be retiring in the near future.

Our goal is to educate a new wave of aviation and aerospace professional, offering them access to a great venue to meet prominent aviation and aerospace leaders in a fun, informative aviation-related atmosphere.

How the Expos work

The Expos feature educational seminars speakers and industry experts all in one place to give aspiring aviators a chance to network and share information about potential career options. Educational panelists include pilots, airport workers, ramp workers, aerospace professionals and more.

The goal is to show aspiring aviators that pilot is just one avenue they can choose – there are many options – and the Expos try to point out several of the various options.

Locations/Venues – The Wings and Helicopters team puts on two events per year, one in the GTA and one in a western Canadian location. The event has progressed from a Vaughan, Ont. hotel ballroom six years ago to aviation hangars and aviation museums across the region – including the Porter and Jazz hangars in Toronto and the WestJet Campus in Calgary.

A Breakdown of the Day – The Expo includes a mixture of education sessions, networking opportunities, special tours so and exhibits for attendees to get a flavour of the aviation/aerospace industry.

Past events have included simulator tours, aircraft tours, tours of the facility (WestJet Campus, Jazz maintenance hangar, Ottawa Aviation and Space Museum and more).

Special aspects of the event – Exhibitors often bring in aircraft for tours and site hosts have also offered tours of their sites. This adds to the caché of the event, giving kids a special feel for the aircraft and other aspects of aviation/aerospace life.

The end goal – The CIA Expos enable young adults to rub shoulders with industry leaders and get a real sense of what aviation and aerospace careers are all about. It’s a fun day of education, learning and planting the seeds to help their careers soar!

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