April 27, 2007

Media Advisory — Aviation Career Day

Reporters and photographers are welcome to cover Southern Illinois University Carbondale's sixth annual spring Corporate Aviation/General Aviation Career Day, Saturday, April 28. Two helicopters and four aircraft, including a Gulfstream G-450 eight-passenger jet, will begin arriving at the Southern Illinois Airport, between Carbondale and Murphysboro, at about 8 a.m.

About 50 junior high school and high school students from throughout central and Southern Illinois will tour the University's aviation facilities at the airport, as well as the main campus. The students will receive introductory flights in SIUC aircraft, and SIUC aviation students, faculty and staff will be available to answer questions about the University's aviation programs — aviation flight, aviation management and aviation technologies. Tours of SIUC's aviation facilities and introductory flights will start about 9:15 a.m., and personnel from corporate and general aviation companies will be available for interviews.

Members of the media may also wish to attend the various presentations on aviation careers that begin at 12:30 p.m. in Lawson Hall. For more information, contact David A. NewMyer, chair of the aviation management and flight programs at 618/453-8898.