Local job fair for those interested in aviation held at county airport

(10/25/03) WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT - At a time when federal airport screeners are being cut nationwide, there is some good news for those looking for work in the aviation industry. A local job fair aimed at filling positions from mechanics to meteorologists was held on Saturday.

An aircraft hangar was turned into a hiring hall. Members from over 50 different companies and government agencies filled Hangar Six at the Westchester County Airport. Their mission was to attract people to the aviation industry. The hangar contained some old and new aircraft and enough potential employers providing job hunters with plenty of opportunities.

Participants paid much attention to two major attractions at the aviation job fair. One was a model of a helicopter simulator (pictured). It was a copy of the one built by the father of the helicopter Igor Sikorsky. The other main attraction was a U.S. Army Blackhawk Helicopter. It is the major lifter for both troops and equipment. Military officials at the fair said they are always in need of pilots and mechanics.

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