WATS 2016

WATS 2016

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Student Education & Careers in Aviation

We are excited to announce the inaugural year of our Academic Breakout SECA; Student Education & Careers in Aviation. SECA will happen all day Thursday, April 21st at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida. SECA is closely tied with WATS and its long running participating business and organizations. Participants will have full access to the WATS exhibiting hall as well as a half day of tailored presentations and quality Q&A’s. We are looking forward to having content that is tailored to the current and future students of the aviation industry. This unique opportunity will also give insights into what the industry is expecting from new graduates and how individuals can succeed.

Academia, Industry and Organizations will be represented. This will give participants a well-rounded view into the Civil Aviation industry. Halldale/CAT Magazine has gotten an overwhelmingly positive response to SECA and is eager and motivated to make it a huge success. We are currently in talks with multiple groups to develop content and plan the flow of events. If you are interested in being involved, want to sponsor, or participate, please feel free to contact Adam Graney.

We are confident that this will be a great opportunity for everyone involved and plan to make this a staple at future WATS events. Hope to see you at SECA in 2016!


Thursday, April 21st 2016

08:00-08:30: Registration (Room: i1/i2)

08:30-09:00: Network/Opening Remarks (Room: i1/i2)
 Andy Smith, Publisher & CEO, Halldale Media Group

 Dr. Suzanne Kearns, President, University Aviation Association (UAA)

09:00-10:00: Opportunities in Aviation (Room: i1/i2)
Moderated by Dr. Mary Niemczyk
 Steve Taylor, Chief Pilot, Boeing Flight Services
The Right Job in Aviation is Not a Job, it is a Passion) 
Bruce Hall, General Manager, Customer Training, Pratt & Whitney
Darrin Greubel, Manager of Line Operations, ExpressJet Airlines
Dawn Flanagan, Technical Officer, ICAO
Jeanne LaVoy, WATS Cabin Crew Conference Moderator & Organizer

10:00-12:30: Exhibition Floor

12:45-13:45: Lunch

13:45-15:45: A Day in the Life of an Industry Expert (Room i1/i2)
 Captain Paul Preidecker, Chief Flight Instructor, Air Wisconsin
Nelson Perez, Associate Director of Admission Outreach, Aerosim Flight Academy

15:45-16:30: Open Q&A, Comments, Adjournment (Room i1/i2) 
Moderated by Dr. Suzanne Kearns
Nick Sorkki, Pilot, Endeavor Air
Captain Randall Vinson, FedEx
Steve Pennington, Senior Manager, Maintenance Training, Boeing
Captain J.D. DeBoskey, Future Flyers Foundation of Florida
Jay Osberg, JetBlue
Pamela Barber, Pilot, Spirit Airlines

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