Aviation Youth Career Day; Exposing Students to Careers in Aviation – Saturday November 19th

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Aviation Youth Career Day

Photo by Greg Bishop

Long Beach Airport (LGB) is partnering with Aeroplex/Aerolease Group and Signature Flight Support to hold a free aviation and transportation industry career fair on Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Aviation Youth Career Day will be held at Aeroplex/Aerolease Group, 3333 East Spring St. The event will feature a brief program and information booths from local industry leaders and education programs. Parking is free.

“The City of Long Beach is celebrating 100 years of aviation in 2011,” said 5th District City Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske. “What better way to highlight this heritage than by encouraging the next generation of local aviation innovators to join the ranks of Howard Hughes and Amelia Earhart who flew at LGB. Additionally, I’m pleased to announce a showing of the documentary Breaking Through the Clouds at Saint Joseph High School for girls in Lakewood on Monday, November 21, 2011. Aviation is a wonderful career and a vocation for people of all ages.”

The event is intended to expose high school and college students to the array of rewarding career paths that aviation offers. The vendor area will include recruiters from the Long Beach Campus of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Long Beach City College’s Aviation Maintenance Program, Cessna Aircraft Company, The Transportation Security Authority and the California National Guard, among others.

“LGB is excited to connect local residents to career opportunities in the aviation industries,” said Mario Rodriguez, Long Beach Airport Director. “Retirements in the aviation community will open up career opportunities for young people in this exciting industry.”

Visitors will also experience a static air show highlighting World War II era aircraft, a Black Hawk military combat helicopter and several experimental planes constructed by local aviation enthusiasts.

“Long Beach has a rich aviation history and Aviation Youth Career Day is a wonderful opportunity to teach our young people about their aviation roots and include them in the centennial celebration of flight,” said Curt Castagna, President and CEO of the Aeroplex/Aerolease Group.

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About Long Beach Airport:
Long Beach Airport (LGB), located in Long Beach, CA, was founded in 1923, making it the oldest municipally owned airport in California. Throughout its 88-year history, LGB has been a source of substantial economic activity and business opportunities, as well as a leader in maintaining a sustainable environment. LGB, its tenants and users are committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner by minimizing the impact of business on the environment and surrounding community with methods that are socially responsible, scientifically based and economically sound. LGB hosts five airlines, offering non-stop service to 14 US cities, and serves nearly three million commercial airline passengers annually while supporting a healthy general aviation community with more than 300,000 annual operations. As a center for air cargo carriers, more than 41,000 tons of cargo is transported via LGB annually. For more information please visit www.lgb.org .

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