7 aviation holidays to mark on your calendar
Everyone, starting from lawyers, teachers and doctors has their own professional day. And just think of all the professions under the umbrella of civil aviation. Pilots, air traffic controllers, lessors, managers, the list goes on. Do you know when to congratulate your colleagues with their day? Check out this handy list and never forget to send that gift card ever again!
National Aviation Day – August 19
Celebrated in the US on Orville Wright’s birthday, the National Aviation Day is the oldest aviation-themed holiday. Created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939, the day is celebrated in airports and museums across the country. It’s the perfect opportunity not only to remember the advancements made but also to think of the future growth of the industry!
International Day of the Air Traffic Controller – October 19
The International Day of the Air Traffic Controller, celebrated on 20 October each year, not only marks the anniversary of IFATCA, but also reminds the vision of the founding members; it also celebrates the men and women who 24/7 help make air travel the safest possible mode of transport.
Global Leasing Day – November 9
Aviation finance professionals have been devoid of their own holiday until 2017. Starting this year, the leasing community is invited to celebrate the Global Leasing Day together. The holiday was initiated by AviaAM Leasing, a TOP50 leasing company celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Do you want to make this holiday a tradition? Vote on the official www.leasingday.com page and celebrate with thousands of aviation finance professionals around the world each November!
International Civil Aviation Day – December 7
This is definitely the holiday to rule them all, as it celebrated by the entire aviation community, including air traffic control, airport management and airlines. Established in 1994 as part of ICAO’s 50th anniversary activities, the day is marked in the United Nations system. The purpose of International Civil Aviation Day is to help generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation to the social and economic development of the world. ICAO also selects special anniversary themes every four years. For 2015-2018 the theme is “Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind”.
World Pilots’ Day – April 26
Can you believe that pilots didn’t have a professional day up until 2014? It was not until the Turkish Airline Pilots’ Association shared their vision with the international community. The date is no coincidence either, as April 26 marks the maiden flight of Fesa Evrensev – Turkey’s first pilot.
Aviation Maintenance Technician Day – May 24
This holiday originated in the US, but is currently celebrated by MRO professionals worldwide. The date was not selected at random, as May 24 is the birthday of Charles Taylor, the first aircraft mechanic, who worked with the legendary Wright Brothers.
International Flight Attendant Day – May 31
Each year more and more airlines and trade unions dedicate the last day of spring to the hard-working cabin crew staff. The celebration is meant to raise awareness about the importance of this often overlooked profession.
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