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Aviation career day at air museum

Event showcases career opportunities in the aviation industry
A RCAF Sea King helicopter from 443 Squadron during an open house at the B.C. Aviation. The museum hosts a career day on Saturday

Students on the Saanich Peninsula will have a chance to test their appetite for careers in aviation this month thanks to the B.C. Aviation Museum (BCAM).

The BCAM is hosting Aviation Career Day, which is co-sponsored by them and the Victoria International Airport, on Saturday, Feb. 22 and students will be able to attend the event for free.

“It’s focused on students in Grades 9 to 12 and it serves to join students up with people in the aviation industry and show the students what sort of options are out there,” explained Dhyana Harrington, one of the event’s co-ordinators.

Aviation Career Day will feature exhibitors from the Victoria Airport Authority, the Victoria Flying Club, the University of Victoria, Transport Canada, the Department of National Defence, Viking Air, the B.C. Institute of Technology, Nav. Canada, Westjet and more, Harrington said, adding that career day at the BCAM is about more than just jobs in commercial aviation.

“Career day shows students that there’s a lot more to the aviation field than just becoming a pilot or flight attendant,” she explained.

The 2014 Aviation Career Day is the third event of its kind hosted by the BCAM.

“It’s grown and morphed over the last three years and we’re looking forward to this year’s event. The new exhibitors are all really excited as are the returning exhibitors  who have all had a really good time at previous career day events,” Harrington said, adding that the BCAM has also worked on promoting the event within the local high schools.

“We’re hoping for a great turn out,” she said.

Apart from the long list of exhibitors, the event will also feature door prize draws for aviation-related rewards like local flights, introductory helicopter flights, behind the scenes tours of the Victoria International Airport and time on a 747 flight simulator.

Aviation Career Day at the B.C. Air Museum (1910 Norseman Rd. in Sidney) takes place Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information call 250-655-3300.