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EKU Aviation Students Attend SEC-AAAE Conference

EKU Aviation students attend the SEC-AAAE Conference

EKU Aviation students recently attended the 2017 Annual Southeast Chapter Conference of the American Association of Airport Executives held in Knoxville, Tenn., from April 23-25, 2017. Attendees include: Dustin Wittman, Nate Schattner, Maggie Smith, Tyler Meredith, Jennifer Chilton, Jacob Pierce, Adam Ackerman, Cameron Sidor, Rebecca Schmid, Justin Graham, Samuel Cleary, and Mike Smith.

Aviation students networking at the conferenceConsultants, executives, and presidents from the aviation industries in the region attend the event, along with aviation students as future professionals.

“They took us up in brand new Cirrus SR22T's and showcased all of the new features on the 2017 model. It was amazing to see wealth of avionics on the aircraft and of course a bird's eye view of Knoxville! Aside from that, the opportunity to meet all the consultants, executives, and presidents was amazing!” explains Wittman.

The conference also featured speakers such as Inky Johnson, Dr. Jerry Punch, William Swelbar, and Carl Newman.

EKU Aviation students enjoy the Knoxville food tourThe conference wasn’t all work and no play, however. Along with riding in state of the art aircraft and observing a flight with the Air Force, attendees got the chance to explore Knoxville. The Sunsphere, the Neyland Stadium, and Knoxville food tours were among the favorites.

Getting to Knoxville took preparation, but was a great opportunity. Wittman explains, “As president of EKU's AAAE student chapter I was actually involved in preparing students for the conference. We held workshops on networking and what to expect at a conference. EKU Aviation supported us with funding for the conference and our faculty advisor, Kyle Knezevich, was vital in giving us insight and working with the SEC to include a student group as large as ours for the first time in SEC history.

 “Since joining the AAAE chapter at EKU, there have been endless opportunities for me to network and experience new areas of the field. EKU Aviation as a whole has allowed me to excel in my major and I know that it will continue to grow and help more students as well.” Sidor says.

EKU chapter advisor Kyle Knezvich was more than pleased with the two-day event. “This was a tremendous opportunity for our students, a majority of whom were attending a professional conference for the very first time. I was thrilled at the reaction they received from the SEC-AAAE membership who were incredibly impressed by their professionalism and enthusiasm throughout the event. We cannot thank the organizers enough for allowing EKU to participate this year and look to make this a recurring event on our calendar for years to come.”

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Published on April 25, 2017

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