Students & Professionals Battle For TOP GUN

Submitted by Dean Shaw Wed, 11/01/2017 - 13:18

Aviation NETWorX and AIM, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, our event sponsor, is pleased to announce the AERO SKILLS Regional Finals at the Military Aviation Museum, in Virginia Beach, VA. On Saturday September 23rd, 2017 at 1pm, WINNERS from the 8 regional Aero Skills events, including this one, will be heading to the National Finals in Las Vegas, NV in January for the title of Top Gun.
At 1 p.m. the public is invited to watch students and professionals battle against the clock, and each other, for prize money, bragging rights and to have a shot at a trip to the AERO SKILLS National Championship in Las Vegas; getting the chance for a share of the $15,000 purse! 
A nationwide search is underway.  Winners will advance to the nationals and get the chance for a share of the $15,000 purse!  The National Final will determine who the Best Aero Structures tradesperson is in the USA.  Aka Sheet Metal Technicians, these competitors have come from over sixteen schools so far, and from the responses we’ve received, we anticipate another twenty schools to join in, to compete for the 2017 Junior title. The Senior title has a dozen industry partners competing in the Senior Class with over one hundred independent entrants across the country. The 2017 Regional schedule has six more stops before the finals, which including:

  • Virginia Beach, VA • Mid Atlantic • September 23
  • Titusville, FL • South East • October 14
  • Dallas, TX • South • November 10
  • Los Angeles, CA • South West • December 9
  • Seattle, WA • North West • January 20
  • NATIONALS, LAS VEGAS, NV, January 27 

AERO SKILLS competition is a sometimes loud and always audience engaging competition based on aviation industry practices, set in an audience environment so that the K-12 students and community at large can have a chance to see techs demonstrating their skills, hear about the numerous career opportunities and options the aerospace industry has to offer and to tour an aviation facility or school to see first-hand what a career in aviation is all about.
Competitors (industry trades people), Industry and trade school representatives will be on hand to discuss employment opportunities; “The shortage of people trained to work in the aviation industry is a real problem and it is expected to get much worse. This, combined with the forecasted growth in our industry, is the main reason we are traveling the country to help raise awareness, create excitement, and attract anyone interested into these careers,” stated Jay Logie, Chief Technical Officer and Founder of the Aero Skills Tournaments.
Dave Raymond, Pima Community College in Tucson Arizona, provided this feedback on the competition, Thank you again ……. The scene generally could not have been better. I felt that the stations in the contest were a great sampling of the requirements for a structures technician to maintain and master in our industry today. …… Between the projects there were multiple stimulations of the peripheral and tactile sensory inputs to satisfy every type of learning style. The applicants reported that they in fact did not only compete, but they also learned additional skills by participating in the competition.” - Dave Raymond is also an Adjunct Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, having campuses at Daytona Beach Florida and Prescott Arizona.
To the Industry:
Aviation NETWorX & Aero Skills - connecting people, schools and industry.
Aero Skills Tournaments are great competitions; fun for your employees and branding opportunity for both your corporate image and careers in your company. Aero Skills was designed to plant the aviation seed in the younger generation and community at large, raising awareness and creating excitement for the Aero Trades, as a rewarding career!

Want to go? Here are the details:

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Noon: Doors open to event
1 p.m: Aero Skills Tournament

Where: Military Aviation Museum

Address: 1341 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA.

Contacts: David Rowe / Jay Logie

250-766-0734 / 888-832-6284