Exhibitors Pack the Hall
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Jobs, internships, and net-
working— that’s what we
aspire to attain while walk-
ing through the exhibits. but
what we really want to know
is who has the coolest stuff!
one of the biggest exhib-
its, pratt & whitney, offered
their classic luggage tags,
made with your business
card. aaR corporation gave
out winged pens). Gulfstream
and pinnacle airlines both
touted decorative bags and a
it was not all about the swag,
though. Friendly faces and
positive eye contact drew me
to the air evac lifeteam—
not to mention their
another organization, the
national Gay pilots associa-
tion, was selling multi-
colored airplane necklaces,
which seemed to be a hit!
even the air marshal Service
was there in the hall.
american Flyers takes the
cake for the most innovative
and attracting treat: popcorn.
and finally, aopa was draw-
ing names for a kindle Fire
each day of conference.
—Robbie Barnhart is a
sophomore majoring in Flight
From the Zipper Lady, Laura Cuaz, pres- ident of EZP and inventor of a unique flight suit that benefits women (though it both fits and helps men, too!), from
the watches and now, jewelry line of the Abing-
don Co., from the work-a-day footwear of Heather
Sizemore’s Crocs Work
(with comfortable ul-tralight croslite material inside), to purveyors
of larger-ticket items
such as B/E Aerospace’s Ice Shield prop
de-icers and leading
edge boots for aircraft,
the exhibitors, and the
hall, have become a key component of the Women in Aviation, International Conference.
The Exhibit Hall has grown from a few small
displays to a massive room with more than 125
different companies or organizations. And today
it is so much more than just a venue for companies to show off and sell their wares. Conference
attendees provide the electric energy that makes
the space hum with an almost magic glow.
The vast majority of the companies and organizations displaying in the hall are actively recruiting for new employees, making the WAI Exhibit Hall the place to be if you are contemplating a
job in the aviation or aerospace world. From the
United Nations Peacekeeping Force to the FAA, to
Pratt & Whitney and Boeing, to Emirates Airlines,
all were actively pursuing new employees.
When asked, why are you here? The representative from XOJET replied, “We first exhibited
last year and hired a number of pilots who have
been an excellent addition to our team. We’re
back for more—we’re here to hire and are interviewing qualified pilots.”
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