Jet Linx Omaha and UNO Aviation Institute Host Exploring Aviation Event
On the morning of October 7, a group of local high school students and their families ventured to the Jet Linx Omaha private terminal at Eppley Airfield for a special event. Having expressed an interest in the Aviation field on their school career surveys, these students were invited by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute and Jet Linx Omaha to spend a day exploring the private terminal, aircraft and interacting with the local team and crew.
“We had around 35 students and 25 parents come down to the hangar for the event – it was a full house,” said Jet Linx Omaha General Manager Ashley Allisma. “The students learned about Jet Linx operations, toured several aircraft, had a Q&A with our pilots, and had the opportunity to meet others team members from the Base and National Operations Center to learn about other positions in the industry.”
One aircraft the students had access to was undergoing a maintenance inspection, allowing them to meet the Base technicians, ask questions and see the inside parts of the aircraft. They also got to watch an arrival, learn about our flight planning software and the risk analysis our teams perform before every trip. “My favorite part of the day was their reactions watching the arrival – they were all blown away!” recalled Allisma.
“I think events like this provide a really eye-opening experience for all of them. Almost all of these students got to see a part of our industry that they never really knew existed,” explained Allisma. “Some were able to step on a private jet for the first time, while others were just thrilled to talk to a “real pilot!” A lot of the students were shocked that many of our non-crew personnel had little to no aviation experience before they started working here. I think it was really beneficial in showing them the opportunities the Aviation field could have for them!”
Check out some photos of the event below! Since it happened during the October, many of the students and our team members wore tutus in support of The Tutu Project and breast cancer awareness.