NIFA is excited to introduce a new event series starting this May during our national SAFECON competition week. The NIFA – Aviation Industry Speaker Series will run year-round and focus on bringing various industry insiders to NIFA students, alumni, volunteers, and coaches. Our goal will be to bring you a new, interesting, and current speaker on a regular basis to share their wisdom and insight in to the industry. During these live events, the speaker will discuss their role in their field, their vision of the future from their vantage point, and maybe share some fun stories along the way.

And they will answer questions directly from you! Speakers will be announced throughout the year and we encourage you and your team to submit questions to: These can be either written or video-recorded, individually or as a team. You’ll also have the opportunity to submit a question during the event.

To kick off this new program, we have invited two guests to speak during the week of SAFECON. We hope you and your team find value in these one-of-a-kind industry events as we work to bring the most current and useful information in the aviation industry to you!

May 19th 1100-1300 EDT

Marc Champion – Managing Director Flight Training at United Airlines

Captain Marc Champion is managing director of flight training for United. In his role, Marc is responsible for leading a team of over 500 professionals who train United Airlines pilots at a state-of-the-art Flight Training Center in Denver, Colorado.

During his career at the airline, Marc has served in a variety of leadership roles in training, safety, and operations and as a volunteer for the Air Line Pilots Association.  He began his flying career as a flight instructor and flew as a charter pilot, commuter airline pilot, and corporate pilot before joining United in 1985.

Marc received his bachelor’s degree in aerospace science from Metropolitan State University in Denver and has a master’s degree in human development and family science from North Dakota State University. He maintains qualification on the Boeing 787 and enjoys flying around the globe whenever time permits.

Link to the event: via Zoom

May 21st 1400-1500 EDT

Bryan Quigley – Senior Vice President of Flight Operations at United Airlines

Captain Bryan Quigley is senior vice president of flight operations. In this role, Bryan serves as the airline’s FAA certificate director of operations and leads the company’s flight operations division. His responsibilities include overseeing 12,500 pilots; developing and implementing pilot contracts, policies and procedures; overseeing all pilot domiciles, training, flight standards and flight technology; as well as the division’s operating and capital budgets.

Prior to this position, Bryan was vice president and general manager of United’s San Francisco hub. He was responsible for the safety and execution of all operations at this vital hub for United. Bryan also served as managing director and System Chief Pilot and managing director of flight operations. These roles were critical during the operational integration of policies and procedures associated with the merger between Continental and United Airlines.

Prior to joining United, Bryan served as a U.S. Naval Aviator and retired as a Navy Captain from the U.S. Navy Reserve. He commanded Patrol Squadron 62 in Jacksonville, Florida, and served as a senior staff officer to NATO prior to retirement.

Bryan received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Appalachian State University and completed the Executive Scholar Program from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Link to the event: via Zoom

Feel free to send your questions at any time: Cutoff for email submissions is 24 hours prior to the event.