ABACE2014 Student Day Highlighted Career Opportunities Within Industry
April 28, 2014
Introducing high school and college students to potential careers within business aviation is a global imperative for growing the industry. In the tradition of similar gatherings at NBAA events in the United States and Europe, the 2014 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2014) welcomed approximately 100 Chinese aviation university students to Student Day, which was held on April 17, the final day of ABACE2014.
Hosted by NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), the ABACE2014 Student Day offered the opportunity for aviation-minded students to learn more about the scope of careers available within business aviation. The event featured a variety of presentations addressing topics including challenges facing the industry and the universal appeal of aviation.
AsBAA Chairman Kevin Wu joined with NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen in welcoming students to the event, noting their unique opportunity to join the business aviation industry in Asia during its early stages of development.
“Students are eager for more opportunities to conduct in-depth communication with experts and practitioners in business aviation industry,” said Dr. Gao Yuanyang, who hosted a discussion about pilot careers with Ms. Zhu Kai, representative of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in China. “This not only benefits the students in understanding the industry so that they can better plan their own careers, but also plays a positive role in promoting the development of the industry.”
Other presenters included NBAA’s China representative Jason Liao; Textron Aviation Group pilot James Wilson and David Dixon, president of Jetcraft Asia.
In addition to these discussions, engineering students from Beihang University’s “Dream One” design team displayed a variety of unique business aircraft designs, and with their counterparts from Shanghai Civil Aviation College, toured the ABACE2014 exhibit hall and inspected business aircraft from Gulfstream, Embraer and Textron Aviation that were on static display at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.
Student Day at ABACE2014 built upon the growing popularity of other successful student events at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition and the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE).