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NCBAA Outreach & Mentorship Committee


Members of the NorCal Business Aviation community volunteering their time and talents to assist those individuals looking to further their personal and professional growth in business aviation.


  • Aviation Scholarship Programs

  • Internships

  • Career Day Representation & Implementation (NCBAA Propulsion Career Fair Nov 9th, 2024)

  • YoPro Program Coming Soon!


  • Providing a Space for Mentorship Opportunities in NorCal

  • Offering Experienced Aviation Professionals an Opportunity to Share their Knowledge

  • Matching Mentees with Qualified Mentors to Help Guide Them with Their Aviation Careers

  • Contact Us Below to Sign Up as a Mentor or Mentee!

Committee Chairs

Western Regional Representative (AZ, NV, CA, HI, OR, WA, AK), National Business Aviation Association

Phil Derner carries over 13 years of experience working in aviation operations in DoD contract, Part 121 Supplemental, Part 121, Part 135 and Part 380 operations as controller and dispatcher, as well as leadership in management and interim director roles.

He founded, where he and his team educate and entertain through written news and editorial content.

Phil has over a decade of experience appearing in and consulting for the news media and television documentary production as an aviation analyst and for content development.

He has appeared with local and worldwide organizations such ad CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, New York Times, BBC, History Channel, National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, Travel Channel, Al Jazeera, Travel Channel, local affiliates of ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and more nationwide, and many more.

Phil has strong proficiency to speak to the topics of aviation safety, space, travel, aviation history, airline accidents, as well as the operations of airlines, airports, aircraft and beyond.

Be sure to review Phil's media/TV appearances listed on his LinkedIn profile 'Projects' section, and some of his written work in his 'Publications' section. 

Special Thank you to our
2024 Foundation Members

NorCal Business Aviation Association (NCBAA)

c/o The Modesto Jet Center, 825 Airport Way, Modesto, CA 95354

Northern California Business Aviation Association - NCBAA

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