Aviation Expo 2024

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November 8, 2024

17th Annual Aviation Education & Career Expo hosted by ProJet Aviation awards over $166,000 in scholarships to young aviation and aerospace enthusiasts

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2023 Aviation Education & Career Expo at ProJet Aviation to award over $166K in scholarships

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.

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Flight Training Essay Question:

What does “Love At First Flight” mean to you? Is it a concept or an experience? When did you fall in love with flying? Who were you with? Where did you go? And…What made you want to pursue doing it again?

Monetary and School Specific Essay Questions (Pick one):

  1. Imagine yourself 20 years from now in your dream aviation job. What is that job? What would you tell your younger self about reaching that goal?
  2. Who is someone you admire? It could be a singer, actor, relative, athlete, or historical character. Why do you admire them? Imagine creating a new private air charter company or airline. What will you call it? How do you make your hero choose your new company as their choice for travel?

Vanessa Christie

Vanessa is a U.S. Navy combat veteran who spent the majority of her active duty time flying and instructing in the F-14 Tomcat. She is an active private pilot and dedicates her time to countering the #1 killer in aviation – Loss of Control Inflight. Prior to her current role as the CEO of Prevailance Aerospace, Vanessa spent more than a decade working in the Defense Industry as a systems engineer, program manager and international business executive. Vanessa retired out of the Navy Reserves in 2023 and is currently serving a gubernatorial appointment on the Virginia Aviation Board.

Heidi Kemner

 Heidi Kemner joined the aviation safety world in 2008 as an intern at the NTSB and worked her way up to a Senior Air Safety Investigator in the Eastern Region for over 15 years. Recently, she joined the FAA Accident Investigation Team as a Senior Air and Space Accident Investigator and added commercial space mishap investigations to her repertoire as well as increasing her knowledge on flight data and accident animations. She’s completed over 250
accident investigations and worked on multiple major accident and incident investigations. Prior to joining the NTSB, she earned a degree in Safety Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University and received her private pilot certificate and instrument rating before she graduated high school. Later, she earned her multi engine commercial rating while in college.

John Gettinger

  • 15-year career with various positions at United Airlines at Washington Dulles International
    Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
  • Civilian Aircraft Maintenance Contractor at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland
  • Aircraft Maintenance Station Manager, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Part 145
  • Director of Quality Assurance/Chief Inspector, Washington Dulles International Airport, Part
    125/121/135 Operations
  • Chief Inspector, ProJet Aviation, Leesburg Executive Airport, Part 135/145 CRS
  • Director of Service Hub Operations, Aircraft Maintenance at NetJets; overseeing Line
    Maintenance operations at seven out of ten “Service Hubs”
  • B.S. Aviation Maintenance Management, Liberty University

Lisa Quinto

A graduate of the American Airlines Travel Academy in 1994, Lisa is also Flight Safety Trained and FACTS certified.  She has been a Corporate Flight Attendant for the last 25 years flying both as a contract flight attendant with a variety of Northeast based area Flight Departments and as a full-time Flight Attendant with Jet Aviation, a General Dynamics Company and Tisma, Inc.,
A Dulles VA based Operator. In addition to Lisa’s Flight Attendant qualifications, she has more than 25 years'
experience as a professional Travel Consultant and Handler. These skills help in providing concierge level service and discrete professionalism.  Lisa is an active Board member of The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) and a member of The Aviation Career and Expo Event Team member.

Jessica LeDane and K9 Anna

Jessica has worked with Garda World Federal Services (GWFS) for 5 years as a canine trainer.  Anna is a 4-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP).  They have been together for over 3 years and are responsible for searching areas to keep our community safe.  Jessica and Anna are very valuable to our canine program, and we love them both.  K9 Leads The Way!