About 500 high school students and others interested in aviation attended the Lewis University Annual Aviation Conference Nov. 23 on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.
Conference attendees had the opportunity to witness an American Eagle RJ Regional Commercial Jet fly into the university, then immediately talk with the crew led by American Eagle Captain Kyoko Kimura. Sun-Aero Helicopter flew in one of their helicopters for a static display as well.
Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) also presented a copy of his statement for the United States House of Representatives recognition of the school’s Aviation Department for winning the prestigious Loening Trophy. “Lewis University has seen significant growth in their aviation department over the past few years and has emerged as one of our nation’s preeminent programs,” Rep. Lipinski, who is a member of the Aviation Subcommittee in Congress, said in his statement. “This honor recognizes that Lewis continues to be a collegiate aviation leader in our nation. I am proud to have this great university in my district. May the students and faculty at Lewis enjoy this prestigious award and continue their tremendous work training our future aviation workforce.”
The trophy is given to the country’s top aviation program at the annual National Intercollegiate Flying Association Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference. It is considered the oldest and most prestigious of all collegiate aviation awards.
Informational sessions at the conference included various careers of interest, such as airport management, FAA administration, U.S. Marshall, U.S. Customs border patrol, aviation mechanic, tower air traffic control, radar air traffic control, aviation dispatch, commercial airline pilot, corporate pilot, logistics and transportation.
Lewis University, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, American Eagle Airline, Boeing International, Chicago Dept. of Aviation, Federal Aviation Administration, Chicago Air Traffic Control, Federal Express Airlines and Southwest Airlines hosted this unique opportunity to learn first hand from “real world” aviation professionals.
Lewis University provides aviation career opportunities in flight management, administration, maintenance, security and air traffic control. Lewis is one of 31 institutions in the country certified by the FAA to offer the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative Program.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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