DLX737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1850 posts, RR: 23 Posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1243 times:
I'm in school right now studying Air Transport Administration and would like to work in airport operations after graduation. I'm wondering if anyone has any light to shed on the organization AAAE? Is it worth joining if you're career goal is working for an airport? I reviewed their website a bit but didn't really gather what I would benefit from joining. Anyone here members?
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Yes, it is worth it. Especially now that you are in school, I think the cost is marginal. You will notice that after college, the cost goes up significantly.
Quoting DLX737200 (Thread starter): I reviewed their website a bit but didn't really gather what I would benefit from joining.
Membership is the first benefit to joining. Being a member of AAAE is pretty much mandatory for all Airport Operations employees across the country, airports large and small. Membership is also good to have when interviewing for jobs after school. You can read about and learn many practical things related to the field from the literature you receive.
Clipper136 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 292 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1186 times:
Most schools that have aviation courses have a Student Chapter of AAAE. It is less expensive than full membership as noted above.
Quoting UnattendedBag (Reply 1): Being a member of AAAE is pretty much mandatory for all Airport Operations employees across the country, airports large and small
Not mandatory, but is required by most, but not all.
But what AAAE is really about is networking, especially when you are job hunting. Attending AAAE sponsored events allows you to easily network with hundreds of Airport Operators and employees, and when you are applying for a job it is invaluable to have a face go with the name on the resume.
B6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2767 posts, RR: 7 Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1130 times:
Yup, and you get a discounted membership for being a student. If you are looking at working for an airport or airport authority, definitely invest. You will get a lot of information on current issues and events, ability to attend conferences, and a huge networking capability.
I used to be a member of both AAAE and NEC/AAAE when I was in college, but I went into the airline side of the industry and let my membership expire. I met a bunch of great people while a member of the organization, and learned A LOT about the industry.
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Triple AE's influence is way outside the size of the organization -- for nothing else than lobbying Congress. Many on congressional appropriations committees trust the objectivity word AAAE *more* than they trust the airports and airlines they represent. And with large capital outlays on security and equipment these days, many trust the organization to help vendors and executives interface in a non-theatening, "we're all in this together" environment. Their podcasts and publications help small and medium-size operations get credit their accomplishments. And their on-line education wing helps smaller authorities and organizations keep track of -- and in-service -- changes in the law, security, traffic management, and what they call "the human factor" in airport management.
In the DC area, their weekly cable TV show is followed by national organizations associated with the transportation industry.