Networking, preparedness, lifelong learning and humility will launch a career in aviation, according to Steve Novy, chief pilot of Executive Flight Operations at The Boeing Company.
Nov joined more than 30 other aviation professionals in offering career advice to aviation students during the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) annual networking event at Lewis University.
“Aviation is a small world. Look around the room — you can’t walk out of here without making a connection that will help you,” said Novy.
The job market looks very positive for aviation graduates, he added.
He pointed out the “2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook,” which estimates within the next 20 years that the aviation industry will need to hire more than 2 million new aviation personnel — 617,000 commercial airline pilots, 679,000 maintenance technicians and 814,000 cabin crew.
CABAA consists of business aviation professionals dedicated to increasing educational and professional development in the field, as well as providing networking opportunities. CABBA also offers scholarships to promote educational development for business aviation careers.
In August, two Lewis University alumni, who earned bachelor degrees in aviation studies in May, received scholarships from CABAA and FlightSafety. Elaina Johnson received the funds for advanced training that enhances her career in the aviation maintenance field. Kevin Oliver received the scholarship for advanced training that enhances his progress toward a career in business aviation.
Lewis University is the only aviation program in Illinois that has an airport on campus. It offers undergraduate degrees in Aviation & Aerospace Technology, Aviation Administration, Aviation Maintenance Management, Air Traffic Control Management, Aviation Security, Aviation Flight Management, Transportation Administration and Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The university also offers a graduate degree in Aviation Transportation on campus or online.