LONG BEACH - A two-day event on how to land a career in aviation takes flight in Long Beach this week.
More than 1,800 people are expected at the Long Beach Business Aviation Regional Forum, which brings together representatives from more than 100 companies to discuss how to pursue careers in aviation such as pilots, maintenance technicians, flight attendants, operations specialists, dispatchers, sales representatives, and professionals for finance, accounting and marketing careers.
The forum kicks off at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Long Beach Airport at the AirFlite offices, 3250 AirFlite Way, with a panel of business aviation professionals who will answer questions about their field. The event is hosted by the National Business Aviation Association and the Southern California Aviation Association.
The forum will feature:
• George Dom, founder of NFS Jet Acquisitions;
• Brian Counsil, who works for Sun Air Jets and has developed a specialization in aviation-related legal and financial matters;
• Joe Barber, director of aircraft management and sales at TWC Aviation;
• John Murphy, airport operations specialist at the Long Beach Airport;
• Curt Castagna, CEO and operating manager of the Aerolease Group in both Long Beach and Van Nuys;
• Benjamin Lipson, a certified flight instructor;
• Doug Lane, director of maintenance of a Gulfstream V in Carlsbad;
• Steffany Kisling, founder and CEO of SkyAngels LLC, a private aviation customer service provider;
• Kyle Kerekffy, pilot of a Falcon 2000 business jet for RG Aviation in Carlsbad; and
• Tom Monahan, air traffic manager at Long Beach Air Traffic Control Tower.
Those who attend Wednesday will get a complimentary pass to the daylong event Thursday that helps people learn about the industry and network with professionals.