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Estrella Warbirds Museum’s Aviation Career Day set for March 20 

Estrella Warbirds Museum's Aviation Career Day happening March 20

Jeff Byard, a certified aircraft mechanic, (right), and students in the Estrella Warbird Museum Aviation Youth Program work on the rudder of the Stinson V-77 Reliant (in the background).

–The Estrella Warbirds Museum High/Middle School Aviation Club, is hosting an Aviation Career Day for students on Saturday, March 20, from 1:30 p.m. to about 3:30 p.m., in Thomson Hall at the Museum, located at 4251 Dry Creek Road, Paso Robles, California. A free pizza lunch will be provided, and attendees will receive a guided tour of the museum before the presentation. This event provides students with the opportunity to explore career opportunities in the fields of aviation, such as commercial and military pilots, aircraft mechanics, and technicians. Students and their parents are invited to attend.

The United States National Airspace System is the largest, most complex aviation system in the world. Students will have the opportunity to hear speakers talk about career opportunities that will advance the safest, most efficient airspace system into the future. Speakers include several commercial airline pilots, a U.S. Navy F/A-18 pilot, the Vice-President of Maintenance at ACI Jet, a major aircraft maintenance facility, and a Cal Poly Aerospace Professor, who holds numerous world glider altitude records. They will talk about the nature of careers in aviation, explain the career opportunities in an expanding aviation industry, and answer questions from the attendees.

The Estrella Warbirds Museum High/Middle School Aviation Club is a unique program on the Central Coast that is not available to students in other areas. It offers students the opportunity to follow their interests and explore career opportunities in civil, commercial, and military aviation. The program also focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Students have the opportunities to learn about flight planning, aviation history, and the physics of flight. They can receive instruction on aircraft design and maintenance, fly an F/A-18 flight simulator, or possibly take a flight in an airplane. Students often tour a variety of facilities, including Lemoore Naval Air Station, CAL FIRE Air Attack Base, CHP Aviation Unit, San Luis Obispo Air Traffic Control Tower, ACI Jet maintenance facility, and more. Currently, the students are restoring a Stinson V-77 Reliant. The club is open to students in grades 7 through 12, and meets the third Saturday of each month at the museum.

To register for the Estrella Warbirds Museum Aviation Club Career Day, visit Registrants will receive further information after the registration deadline of March 15, 2021. There is no cost for this event.

For questions, contact Bill Siegel at, or (305) 962-4027, or Brad Eaton at, or (805) 550-8775.

Estrella Warbirds Museum is COVID-19 responsible and will provide appropriate social distancing, but attendees are requested to bring a mask.

If you are a middle school or high school student looking for a career in the airlines, thinking about becoming a military pilot, or interested in aircraft mechanics, come to the Aviation Career Day on Saturday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m., in Thomson Hall at the Estrella Warbirds Museum, 4251 Dry Creek Road, Paso Robles, California. This free event is open to students in grades 7 through 12 and their parents.


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