On October 16, Encore FBO’s Frederick, Md. FBO opened its doors to more than 300 students, faculty and parents from high schools in Maryland and nearby states for its second annual Aviation Education Expo. Sponsored by Encore FBO, Avemco Insurance and AOPA, the expo introduced students to opportunities in a variety of aviation segments. Representatives from the airlines, military and police aviation, general aviation, the FAA and other organizations helped students see that there is more to the industry than just flying jobs. FAA safety ambassador Jamail Larkins showed video clips of his aerobatic flying experiences and related the story of how his dreams of flying came to fruition.
Aircraft available for the students to tour included one of Encore’s charter Hawker 800XPs, a C-130 transport, Black Hawk helicopter and a variety of modern light aircraft. “Aviation is an industry that offers many career opportunities,” said Encore general manager Tim Shively, “and it was a pleasure to host this expo to show young people the variety that aviation has to offer.” Jim Lumley, operations, safety and security committee chairman for the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association, highlighted opportunities in business aviation for the expo attendees.