Civil Air Patrol

Hayward’s Wild Rivers Composite Squadron learn about careers in business aviation

By SM Fred Steinhaus – Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Snider and Cadet Technical Sergeant Marucha seated at the controls of a Cessna Citation Business Jet.

Hayward, Wis. – With a backdrop of sleek corporate jets and a helicopter, Dennis Werle, Bryce Ballard and Andy Ross from Link Snacks (d/b/a Jack Link’s Beef Jerky) recently led a discussion focused on business aviation with members and guests of Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) Wild Rivers Composite Squadron in Hayward.

Business aviation is one of the many sectors of the aerospace industry, providing an efficient, flexible, safe, secure and cost-effective travel option for busy executives.  Each of the three presenters took a different career path to become qualified for their job with Jack Link’s Beef Jerky as a corporate pilot.

Werle graduated from an airline school and worked for a regional airline.  He mentioned the satisfaction of looking out of his “office” window at an altitude of 40,000 feet while traveling around the country.

Ballard chose flight instruction in college and a career including a position as an aircraft manufacturer’s representative in Duluth.  His presentation included a description of the planning and concentration required while flying through busy air space around large airports on a typical trip.

Ross, a local flight instructor who was a cadet in the Hayward squadron, years ago talked about the fulfillment he has from teaching someone to become a qualified pilot.

They each agreed that their careers are very rewarding but require supportive families, hard work, constant study, concentration and careful attention to maintaining a network of contacts in the industry.

This event, focused specifically on business aviation, was the first in a series of quarterly forums sponsored by the Wild Rivers Composite Squadron.  The purpose of these events is to provide conversations with area aviation professionals to inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in the aerospace industry.  Each session will focus on a different sector of the aerospace industry.

The events are open to the public with a special invitation extended to area students, young adults and mentors making curriculum or career choice decisions.  The aerospace industry offers many careers in various science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

For more information on business aviation, up coming forum topics or the Wild Rivers Composite Squadron in Hayward, visit: www.hayward-cap.com or call: (715) 634-6835.

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