Pro Pilot Career Fair Aug. 28

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The pilot profession and aviation in general has taken some knocks in the past couple of years but industry officials say the future is bright for those who want a career in the cockpit. FltOps.com is holding its annual Global Pilot Career Conference and Job Fair Aug. 28 at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway hotel, and hundreds of young people looking to break into the business and more experienced pilots looking for a change are expected to attend. There will also be at least eight air carriers who are actively recruiting in attendance and accepting resumes. A number of flight training institutions will also be on hand.

The conference will also feature an afternoon forum on the future of the profession and EAA, whose Young Eagles program may be the first step for many budding pro pilots, is taking an active role with an upbeat message. "With thousands of airline pilots facing mandatory retirement in the coming years, the future job market for professional pilots including airline pilots looks very strong," EAA said in a news release. EAA intends to follow up on Young Eagles participants to encourage those whose eyes might be opened to a career in aviation. "There is unlimited career potential within the aviation industry, and through the Young Eagles program and the EAA Flight Plan we are working to continue that initial curiosity into a promising future for the next generation of aviators," said Barry Elk, EAA's director of membership marketing. Those who can't attend the Atlanta meeting can join the discussion online.