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DFW International Airport Hosts Over 3,300 Students at the Sixth Annual Aviation & Transportation Career Expo

Exhibitors at largest educational event in North Texas encourage students to stay in school, pursue transportation career

DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (December 11, 2009) – DFW International Airport hosted more than 3,300 students at its 6th annual Aviation & Transportation Career Expo – one of the largest educational events of the year in North Texas. The Expo gives students from Dallas, Fort Worth and the neighboring communities an opportunity to learn about careers in a variety of aviation and transportation fields – from piloting a plane to managing a rail line and responding to emergencies.  

This year’s Expo encouraged students to see the latest technology from many transportation fields, as well as view demonstrations from over thirty exhibitors including the Civil Air Patrol, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Lockheed Martin, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Students also took part in interactive games using a flight simulator, participated in a trivia treasure hunt and made flying paper airplanes. 

“The Career Expo demonstrates DFW’s commitment to the community and provides students with the chance to learn about dozens of careers in just one day,” said Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW. “We are pleased to provide a setting for students to imagine themselves designing solutions to today’s transportation challenges.” 

Representatives from industry, government and academia joined forces to introduce community youth and educators to a multitude of career paths offered by the aviation and transportation industry. Numerous static aircraft, including a DC-3 bomber from World War II, the Flagship Detroit – one of the most popular aircraft in American Airlines history, and a U.S. Navy C-40 Clipper, the military’s version of the Boeing 737, provided the backdrop for this dynamic educational experience. And, for the sixth year in a row, the Expo was staged in one of American Airlines’ massive maintenance hangars at DFW. 

Participating companies and organizations at the Expo include: AeroVents.com, American Airlines, American Eagle, Bombardier, Century 21® – Mike Bowman, Inc., Civil Air Patrol, Claude R. Platte Future Pilots Flight School, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas Love Field, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, DFW Collaboration/Phil Waigand, the Federal Aviation Administration, FlightSafety International, Fort Worth Chapter of the 99s — International Women Pilots Organization, Golden Heart Foundation, Howell Instruments, Capt. Zane J. Lemon (Ret.), Lockheed Martin, Mountain View College, Tarrant County College, Texas Air National Guard, Texas National Guard Counter Drug, Texas State Technical College, University of Texas – Arlington, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force Academy/Air Force ROTC, URS Corporation, Vintage Flying Museum, Will Rogers and Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County.