The sky is not the limit to aerospace careers available to the young men and women in the Civil Air Patrol Cadets.
After hearing from representatives from a variety of fields at a recent Aerospace Career Day in Payson, the cadets are anxious to learn more.
The speakers included:
Carole Glenn, from the Education Outreach Program of the Arizona Department of Transportation, Aeronautics Division, who presented an overview of aviation careers within the state.
Mike Roundtree and Jim Woods represented the Federal Aviation Administration. Roundtree talked about his job as an air traffic controller. He currently coordinates the airplanes around Falcon Field, Mesa. Woods, a new Strawberry resident, is an aviation safety inspector (for) airworthiness with the FAA Flight Standards District Office, Scottsdale. He gave many examples of careers maintaining airplanes, so they remain airworthy. The cadets enjoyed stories of his many years as an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic, what can go wrong with an airplane and what you need to know to make sure it is in a safe condition for pilots and passengers.
Douglas Dickey explained how to get admitted to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University's Aerospace Education's (ERAU) program and all of the facilities the campus has to enhance instruction and the educational experience. The cadets expressed an enthusiastic desire to arrange a future visit to see the ERAU campus firsthand.
A representative from the U.S. Air Force presented a video of aircraft attacking targets and discussed the many career possibilities in the military.
Cadet Airman Amanda Phillip, cadet aerospace education officer from the Show Low squadron, encouraged the cadets to pursue careers in aerospace-related fields.
Phil Hubacek, former USAF pilot and aerospace engineer, explained the many satisfying areas of aerospace engineering. The work involved him in the FAA certification of the Boeing 767 and 757 airliners.
The seminar was brought to the students through the efforts of Payson Squadron Commander Maj. Carl Damon and Show Low Squadron Commander First Lt. Robbie Grimsley.
Held at Payson High School, participants were from both the Payson and Show Low Composite Squadrons.
Civil Air Patrol is an official auxiliary of the USAF.