Aviation Careers

What comes to mind when you hear the word aviation?  Generally, people think of pilots.  Did you know that's only one of many possibilities in the aviation industry?  Here are just a few of the different aviation career journeys you might take:
- Airport Planning, Consultation, or Engineering
- Airport Management
- Airport Operations
- Air Traffic Control
- Aircraft Dispatching
- Aircraft Sales
- Aviation Finance
- Aviation Weather
- Aviation/Aircraft Maintenance Technician
- Flight Attendant
- State or Federal Positions
- Charter, Corporate, or Airline Pilot
- Air Ambulance Pilot and Nurses
- Military Aviation Professionals
- Unmanned Aircraft Operators and Technician
- And much, much more!  

Visit the Whiteside County Airport on Saturday, September 22, 2018, for the Aviation Career Day and see where your aviation journey could lead!

interested in learning to fly for a career or just for fun?


Whether you're looking to start a career or learn to fly for fun, Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) and representatives from local aviation businesses, organizations, colleges and universities will be on hand to answer your questions and point you in the right direction on how to get started!  Making your dreams of flight a reality, start here!

About the event

The Whiteside County Airport, in cooperation with airport-based businesses and organizations, are hosting an Aviation Career Day and Fly-In on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in HANGAR C and portions of the East and South Ramp.  For a list of exhibitors and links to their websites, please see the Exhibitor section below. 

The purpose of this Aviation Career Day is to inspire the next generation of aviation industry professionals from air traffic controllers to pilots to mechanics and beyond.  There is no fee for registration, or for attending the event.  This event is completely FREE!  The Aviation Career Day and Airport Open House is open to the public.  Come on out to the Whiteside County Airport for a day of aviation education and fun!

Who Can Attend?

In one word...anyone!  Our mission is to inspire individuals of all ages to discover aviation, whether that leads you to a career or just as a hobby.  Either way, your connection to aviation starts right here at the Whiteside County Airport!  Come join us and get some air under your feet and your head in the clouds!  Register below to receive updates!

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A complimentary lunch will be provided to attendees and exhibitors!


There is not a specific dress code for this event.  Casual attire is fine for attendees.  We encourage exhibitors to appear in company uniforms or business casual.  Thank you!


COMPANIES & Organizations

Expressjet airlines [Link]
Air Wisconsin Airlines [Link]
NBAA Young professionals in business aviation (yoPRO) [LINK]
Northern Jet Management, Mrs. Jennifer drolema, CFO [LINK]
Textron Aviation / CESSNA PiSTON SALES [LINK]
National Weather service - quad cities [Link]
Illinois State Police Air Operations - District 1 [LINK]
Radio Ranch, Inc. [LINK]
Sauk Valley Aviation, INC [LINK]

COLLEGES & Universities

Lewis University aviation [Link]

Please check back often as this list will be updated as exhibitors complete registration.  Thank you!

Slated Event Aircraft

United Express Embraer 145 regional jet
Illinois State Police CEssna 182
Beechcraft sundowner
Cessna 172N
Piper Cherokee 140
Piper Warrior
Piper Comanche
More to come...CHECK BACK SOON!


Without volunteers, this event would not be possible.  If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the volunteer registration form and an event coordinator will be in touch.  Thank you for volunteering!

Media Inquiries

The Whiteside County Airport would like to thank all the local media outlets for their support of this great event!
Please direct all media inquiries to  Thank you!