October 8, 2013
By Jill W. Tallman
The National Business Aviation Association is hosting a Build A Plane Teachers’ Day on Oct. 24. The event will be held in conjunction with the annual Careers in Business Aviation Day during NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, which takes place Oct. 22 through 24 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Teachers’ Day will introduce high school teachers, high school students, and college students to a variety of aviation education programs and opportunities. Education materials will be available from Honeywell Aerospace, the FAA, the National Air and Space Museum, AOPA, Fly to Learn, Aviation Explorers, and others. Honeywell and Build A Plane, a nonprofit aviation education organization, will present the program.
Former NASA astronaut Bonnie Jeanne Dunbar is the keynote speaker. A veteran of five space flights, Dunbar has logged more than 1,208 hours in space. She retired from NASA in September 2005 and now leads the University of Houston’s STEM Center (science, technology, engineering, and math) and has joined the faculty of the Cullen College of Engineering.
The Careers in Business Aviation Day also will feature a general session about business aviation careers aimed at high school students plus a special session for college students, including roundtable discussions with industry professionals on career paths in business aviation.
Admission to Teachers’ Day is free to registered participants, and includes full admission on that day to NBAA2013. See the website for more information or to register.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
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