By: Dave Naftzger
One of the many amazing organizations students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University can join is the Air Line Pilots Association ACE (ALPA ACE) club on campus. The Air Line Pilots Association ACE club hosts multiple trips every year to connect with industry professionals from different companies and get a glimpse of what their job will be like in the aviation industry.
The club also hosts meetings every month where Embry-Riddle alumni pilot mentors come up to talk about various aspects of the aviation industry. Some of last year’s meeting topics included presentations from the air traffic control tower at the Prescott airport and an introduction to what life is like to both fly for a commercial airline as well as in the 161st Air Refueling Wing of the Arizona Air National Guard.
Every year members and officers of the club alike enjoy exclusive trips and tours to see what most people cannot! In the spring semester of every year ALPA ACE goes on a weekend trip to Sky Harbor to see a different facet of aviation. In years past the club has toured the American Airlines operation, the Southwest Airlines maintenance hangar and terminal ramp, the 161st Air Refueling Wing at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, and the air traffic control tower as well as Phoenix TRACON.
Last fall a group of members also drove out to Long Beach, CA to tour JetBlue Airways’ base at Long Beach airport. Many of the members and officers attended the Huntington Beach Airshow the following day!
The 2017-2018 academic year is planned to be the busiest year ever for the club! Not only will the club be hosting their monthly meetings and annual trip to Sky Harbor airport, but they have spent the summer planning new trips and activities that the club has never done before.
The club plans to go on a trip to Huntington Beach again for the airshow and has plans for philanthropy work. The club wants to visit the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles to give back to the community and make a difference.
ALPA ACE will also for the first time be attending the NBAA Business Aviation Convention in Las Vegas. The club will be bringing a small amount of people to the conference in October for a few days of airplanes and amazing networking opportunities.
This year’s industry roundtable event will include more companies including Pegasus Elite Aviation in Van Nuys, CA to bring more of a corporate perspective to the table.
This year is planned to be packed with new trips, new experiences and more networking opportunities than ever. Keep an eye out for their many flyers and posters around campus about meeting dates and times!