Aug. 4, 2016

Business aviation supports more than a million high-skill, high-wage careers – a reality NBAA wants to make clear to America’s future workforce, through the association’s new Young Professionals in Business Aviation (YoPro) Council – a leadership team tasked with supporting NBAA’s work to foster the growth of relationships among emerging industry leaders.

“Our goal with YoPro is to provide a community for young professionals looking to make their mark on business aviation, and the experience and enthusiasm our new council members bring will be crucial to that effort,” said Sierra Grimes, NBAA’s manager of registration.

With expertise in areas such as marketing, professional development and community outreach, YoPro members work to connect young professionals while also increasing public awareness of new initiatives in this growing industry.

More than 1 million people around the country are employed in business aviation – directly through manufacturing and airport-related jobs, and indirectly through the purchase of goods and services by firms involved in the manufacture, operation and maintenance of business aircraft. The flights made by business airplanes require support. Schedulers, dispatchers, maintenance technicians, pilots, training professionals and airport employees are just a few of the many support professions involved in business aviation.

Consisting of 25 young professionals from all segments of business aviation, the YoPro Council will be responsible for planning YoPro events and initiatives, including the group’s highly anticipated reception and educational session at the 2016 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), Nov. 1 to 3 in Orlando, FL.

Arthur Ramey, captain for Haymon Sports, LLC in Las Vegas, NV, said he joined the council because he wants to “be a part of something that fosters people getting to know each other,” and building professional relationships.

“Giving younger people that haven’t quite defined themselves in the industry the opportunity to dive into that – and to facilitate making that easier – was a big deal for me,” he said.

Learn more about NBAA’s YoPro initiative.