Posted 1 years 107 days ago ago by Admin
The Military to Civilian Transition Workshop at HAI’s Heli-Expo 2022 was a great success! The workshop was held on the first day of the world’s largest vertical aviation conference and trade show.
We would like to send a huge Thank You! to everyone who attended – and a special thanks to all the mentors who volunteered their time and expertise to the attendees. The Mil2Civ mentors are pilots and mechanics that represent every corner of the helicopter industry: helicopter air ambulance (HAA), flight training, firefighting, oil & gas, utility, aircraft manufacturers, tours, corporate, and more. This year we were fortunate to also have a human resources expert from the oil & gas industry give a presentation on resumes, interviews, and other topics to help transitioning military folks prepare for the world of civil/commercial aviation.
The workshop is a 6-hour event. Each hour contains two to three presentations, followed by a 20-minute break for networking and meeting with the mentors. These 20-minute breaks are where the magic happens. Connections are made, business cards exchanged, questions are answered and the building of a new network – outside of the military – begins. The foundation of the workshop is education and networking. It’s no surprise that most of the mentors started their civilian helicopter journey at a past Mil2Civ workshop and are now “paying it forward”.
There were also several major commercial helicopter company recruiters present – all looking for pilots and mechanics to hire! This was a fantastic opportunity for all in attendance and several people walked away with an interview and potential job.
If you plan to transition out of the military in the near future or even the next few years, please join us and begin your future with some people that want to help. Start planning now for the Military to Civilian Transition Workshop at HAI’s next Heli-Expo. Heli-Expo 2023 is scheduled for March 6 – 9, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia, and we hope to see you there!
About the author: Scott is an Experimental Test Pilot and Instructor Pilot with The Boeing Company flying AH-64 Apaches, AH-6 Little Birds and UAVs. During his 33-year aviation career, he has been an Army pilot, civilian EMS pilot, flight instructor and test pilot. He is an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, FAA Safety Team Representative, volunteer and active pilot mentor as well as a co-chair of the Mil2Civ Transition Course at HAI’s Heli-Expo.
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