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2010.07.09 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Aviation Students Attend National Airport Conference

Omaha - Student representatives from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Aviation Institute attended the American Association of Airport Executives’ (AAAE) 82nd annual conference and exhibition, May 16–19 in Dallas.

Neil Gabrielson, Justin Idle, Nick Johnson, Robert Park and Grant Gargett participated in several career development sessions specifically designed for preparing students entering the airport management and development industry. Workshops and presentations on contemporary air transportation issues were also offered to attendees

“I thoroughly enjoyed sitting in on sessions concerning such topics as ‘small airports and the problems they face,’ ‘airport/airline relations and how to improve them,’ as well as the numerous student sessions we attended,” Idle said.

AAAE sponsors student chapters through their Academic Relations Committee. Robert Park, president of the newly established UNO Aviation Institute student chapter, delivered a presentation on the efforts to get the chapter started.

Students had the unique opportunity to meet FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt and briefly discuss the institute’s aviation program. They were also able to meet the incoming chair of AAAE, Jim Bennett, executive director of the Abu Dhabi Airport Authority, and many other airport officials attending the conference.

“I received many favorable comments from my colleagues regarding the level of professionalism exhibited by the students,” said Dave Byers, aviation faculty advisor. “I am also absolutely sure that they have greatly enhanced their opportunities for starting their entry-level careers in the airport industry through exposure to how air transportation issues are being addressed and the high-level contacts they made while at the conference.”

The group is already planning to attend next year’s AAAE conference in Atlanta. The AAAE student chapter is chartered under the University’s Collegiate Aviation Industry Professionals (CAIP) student organization.

For more information, contact the UNO Aviation Institute at (402) 554-2495 or visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ai/.

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