ProJet Plans Nov. 1 Aviation Education & Career Expo

ProJet Aviation will host the 14th annual Aviation Education & Career Expo on Friday, Nov. 1, 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. “We will award over $360,000 in aviation education scholarships and flight training this year,” said ProJet Aviation’s Julie O’Brien, Co-founder of the event. “We believe this event has the potential to launch these students into exciting educational and career opportunities.”    

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 – A former Navy SEAL, Army Special Operations Aviator, and Agricultural Pilot. 
  • Retired Lt. Col Joe Tate, Aircraft Commander for Air Force One
  • Jamail Larkins, Aviation Entrepreneur, Business Owner & Aerobatic Pilot
  • Lt. Meagan Varley Flannigan, US Navy Fighter Pilot
  • K-9 Demonstration by Metro Washington Airport Authority (MWAA)

In addition to founding sponsor ProJet Aviation, principal sponsors include: Aero-Elite Flight Training, Airline Pilot’s Association, Advanced Helicopter Concepts, Air Culinaire, American Helicopters, AOPA, Av-Ed Flight School, Avemco Insurance Co., Averett University, Aviation Adventures, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Aviation Week Network, Bravo Flight Training, Cirrus Aircraft, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Frederick Flight Center, Geico Flight Dept., General Dynamics, Goose Creek Aviation, Greater Washington Business Aviation Assoc., L3 Harris, Hoxton Agency, JetLinx Aviation, Kent State University, MAG Aerospace, Marywood University, Mercury Fuels, Mosaix, Nat’l Air Traffic Controllers Association, Nat’l Air Transportation Association, Nat’l Business Aviation Association, Open Air Flight Training, Paragon Aviation Detailing, Paragon Aviation Group, Paramount Business Jets, Piedmont Airlines, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Regent University, Saint Francis University, Sugarloaf 99’s, Teamsters Airline Division, The Aviation Foundation, Toth Financial, Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology, Ventus International, Washington DC 99’s, Whirlwind Aviation, and Women in Aviation.

Registration for students and scholarship applications are online and available at the event website: 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 over one million dollars in scholarships to high school and college students pursuing careers in the aviation and aerospace industry, since its inception in 2005. 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 by 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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