Aviation Expo

October 29, 2021 | 9AM – 2PM
ProJet Aviation at Leesburg Executive Airport (KJYO)

This event is geared towards high school and college students (ages 16-22). Our focus is to introduce young people to the vast array of career opportunities within the aviation industry. We want to educate students, on the brink of making college and career decisions, about some of these exciting options. The Expo consists of industry leaders, vendors, aircraft displays, guest speakers, amazing prizes, demonstrations, and of course – scholarships! We provide information and resources that will launch a student’s career and help them achieve their goals!

All Corporate Sponsorships and Monetary Scholarships are tax deductible through our non-profit partner Best You Best Me.

For more information on Careers in Aviation and Aerospace please visit The Best Schools website.

Keynote Speakers

Frank Culbertson

Retired Astronaut

Born and raised in South Carolina, Frank Culbertson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1971, graduating with distinction from the US Naval Test Pilot School, and eventually accumulating over 10,000 hours in 60 different types of aircraft.

Culbertson was selected for the astronaut training program in 1984, beginning his training in Houston, and supporting various shuttle missions on the ground. In 1986, he reported to Washington DC where he worked with NASA, the Presidential Commission, and the U.S. Congress on the Challenger accident investigation. He went on to serve as the lead astronaut at the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL) and lead CAPCOM for seven missions.
Culbertson’s turn in space came in 1990 when he flew aboard Atlantis on STS-38. His second mission came in 1993 as Commander of Discovery on STS-51.

Between 1994 and 1998 Frank served as Manager of the Shuttle-Mir Program. He oversaw nine Shuttle docking missions to the Russian Space Station Mir, and the operations of seven US astronauts, who spent over 30 cumulative months on the Russian station.

Culbertson served as commander of the ISS during his third and final mission in 2001 launching aboard Discovery on STS-105. Frank watched the terrible events of September 11, 2001, unfold from his orbit 254 miles above New York City and Washington. He poignantly remarked in a letter dated September 13 “It’s horrible to see smoke pouring from wounds in your own country from such a fantastic vantage point.” The crew spent 129 days living and working on the ISS.

Frank retired from NASA in 2002 and went on to serve as Senior Vice-President for SAIC in Houston and later as a Senior Vice-President for Orbital Sciences, eventually becoming President of the Space Systems Group, serving through two mergers, first with ATK, then with Northrop Grumman.

Culbertson has received numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Space Flight Medals, the Gagarin Gold Medal, and the Navy and Air Force Commendation Medals. He is an inductee in the US Astronaut Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame.

Frank is recently retired and residing in Leesburg, VA. He is still an active pilot and ProJet client.

Simi Razvi

Pilot/Airline Mechanic

Simi’s love for aviation started at Davis Aerospace Technical High School in Detroit, Ml where she completed courses in aircraft maintenance and flight training. After obtaining her Private Pilot’s License at 18 and graduating with honors, she pursued a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology at Western Michigan University.
During that time, she was able to participate in maintenance internships at Duncan Aviation (BTL) and Delta Air Lines (DTW). She obtained her A&P License in July 2014. In November of 2014, she accepted a position as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) for US Airways.
Eventually, finding her way to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), where she’s worked for 5 years.
She quickly learned the ropes as a Supervisor, and is working on her Master’s Degree in Information Technology at Virginia Tech.