Aviation Education & Career Expo at ProJet Aviation to Award Over $388,000 in Scholarships This Fall

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13th annual event showcases career opportunities in aviation and aerospace to high-school students and young adults in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

2017 Aviation Expo Scholarship Winners

2017 Aviation Expo Scholarship Winners

We believe the Expo has the potential to motivate, inspire, and ultimately change a student’s destiny. - Julie O'Brien, ProJet Aviation

ProJet Aviation will host the 13th annual Aviation Education & Career Expo on Friday, October 26th, 2018 at the Leesburg Executive Airport. More than 700 students, educators, and parents are expected to attend the Expo, which is designed to showcase exciting careers in aviation and aerospace to young adults (ages 16-22). This free event features keynote speakers, live demonstrations, and static displays with representatives from over 70 aviation organizations, including the US military, emergency medical airlift, law enforcement, maintenance/avionics repair, government agencies, private charter, in-flight catering, and more. “The theme for this year's event is DESTINY," said ProJet Aviation GM Julie O’Brien, who is the Co-founder of the event. "We believe the Expo has the potential to motivate, inspire, and ultimately change a student’s destiny.”

The Aviation Education and Career Expo is a unique opportunity for students interested in the aviation/aerospace industry to explore exciting career paths and talk one-on-one with industry experts. Students get an "up close and personal” look at occupations that are in high demand worldwide.

This year’s line-up of guest speakers and demonstrators include:

  • Michael Rutledge - Commanding officer of the Executive Flight Detachment at the United

States Military Academy at West Point.

  • Heidi Kemner – National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
  • The US Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team
  • K-9 Demonstration by Metro Washington Airport Authority (MWAA)
  • Drone Demonstration by V1 Aviation
  • National Agricultural Aviation Aerial Demonstration by Jeff Corman & Sons

In addition to founding sponsor ProJet Aviation principal sponsors include: Advanced Helicopter Concepts, Air Culinaire, American Helicopters, AOPA, Av-Ed Flight School, Avemco Insurance Co., Averett University, Avfuel, Aviation Adventures, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Aviation Insurance Resources, Aviation Relocation International, Aviation Week Network, Bravo Flight Training, Eastern Aviation Fuels, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Frederick Flight Center, Geico Flight Dept., General Dynamics, Greater Washington Business Aviation Assoc., Harris, Hoxton Agency, Jet Linx Aviation, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, MAG Aerospace, Marywood University, Meiya Group, Middle Tenessee State University, Mosaix, Nat’l Air Traffic Controllers Association, Nat’l Air Transportation Association, Nat’l Business Aviation Association, National Agricultural Aviation Assoc., Paragon Aviation Detailing, Paragon Aviation Group, Paramount Business Jets, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Regent University, Republic Airline, SAAB Sensis, Sharp Details Inc., Southern Utah University Aviation, Sugarloaf 99’s, The Aviation Foundation, Toth Financial, University of MD - Eastern Shore, USAIG, Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology, Ventus Int’l, Western Michigan University, Whirlwind Aviation, and World Fuel.

Registration for students and scholarship applications are online and available at the event website: http://www.aveducationexpo.com. Space is limited, and all award winners MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.

About The Aviation Education & Career Expo
The Aviation Education & Career Expo is one of the largest and most successful aviation education events in the United States, awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to high school and college students pursuing careers in the aviation and aerospace industry, since its inception in 2005. Over 700 students will attend this year. Cofounded by aviation professionals Julie O’Brien and Sarah Thompson, the Expo is committed to helping students explore the many career opportunities available to them through the world of flight. The Aviation Education & Career Expo is hosted by ProJet Aviation at Leesburg Executive Airport (KJYO), in Leesburg, VA.

About ProJet Aviation
ProJet Aviation is the DC metro region's premier aviation hospitality company, dedicated to helping people accomplish extraordinary things through the wonder of private flight. The company operates ProJet Center, a Fixed Base Operation (FBO), at Leesburg Executive Airport (KJYO), general aviation’s gateway to Washington DC, Dulles, and Virginia's Horse & Wine Country. Established in 2007 as a partnership between former airline pilot and entrepreneur Shye Gilad and noted entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson, Founder & CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, ProJet Aviation combines the operational integrity of the world’s best airlines with the refined service of a world-class resort. ProJet’s numerous accolades include recognition as a Washington Business Journal’s Best Place to Work, Loudoun County Chamber’s Service Business of the Year, Town of Leesburg’s Tourism Ambassador Award, and an Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Company.

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