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Top Gun

Take Flight, Top Gun-style on April 20

Pathways to Aviation and the University of Nevada, Reno are teaming up to host an extraordinary evening of aviation and aerospace amazement. Join us on April 20 at UNR’s Joe Crowley Student Union to capture the true essence of producing the hit movie, TOP GUN: Maverick.

Meet US Navy pilots as well as advisors from the movie as they share their experiences surrounding this awe inspiring film.

Flight Plan

  • Aviation Industry Exhibit (5:00pm-6:15pm) – Aviation companies, industry leaders, job seekers, and students will assemble in the ballroom to learn more about the industry, find out about great jobs and internships, and discuss ways to land great jobs.
  • Top Gun Presentation (6:30pm-8:00pm) – US Navy pilots and special guests involved in the production will describe scenes from the movie and field questions from the audience.


Flight Crew

We’ve recruited a stellar crew of aviation dynamos who will describe their experiences on the set and in the air!

  • Captain Brian “Ferg” Ferguson – Navy’s technical advisor for TOP GUN: Maverick
  • Commander Rick “Dick” Burns – US Navy Fighter Pilot, Director of Future Operations at Tactical Air Support
  • Lieutenant Commander Greg “Big Bang” Meisinger – US Navy Fighter Pilot, First Officer at American Airlines
  • Commander (Ret) Chad “Coochie” Mingo – Navy F-14 technical advisor for TOP GUN: Maverick, US Navy Fighter Pilot, First Officer at American Airlines
  • Captain (Ret) Jim “Guido” Dimatteo – US Navy Fighter Pilot, Former Red Bull Air Races Director
  • Commander Rebecca “Sam” Calder – US Navy Fighter Pilot, First Female TOP GUN pilot graduate


Event Flyer

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The event is free of charge! 

You must RSVP to be admitted into the event.

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Thank You

We appreciate the financial support received from the ISTAT Foundation and Martis Camp Foundation to provide career readiness guidance to students seeking aviation and aerospace careers. We’re proud to recognize their support at our big event.


We’re accepting sponsorship contributions to offset event expenses and help fund unique and informative quarterly workshops and continual coaching and mentoring efforts, organized by Pathways to Aviation.




Industry Exhibit

We’re hosting an exhibit of aviation industry companies and organizations during the reception. It’s a great opportunity for guests to learn more about the industry and, for students and job seekers, an incredible way to establish connections and discuss career possibilities.

Registered Exhibitors:

Abaris Training Resources
Advanced Aviation
Armstrong Consultants
Click Bond
Federal Aviation Administration
High Sierra Pilots
Mead & Hunt
Nevada Air National Guard
Nevada Aviation Association
Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium
NV Flight
Pathways to Aviation
Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority
Sierra Nevada Corporation
Stellar Aviation
UNR Engineering
UNR Fleischmann Planetarium
WAI Sierra Battle Born
WCSD Careers & Technical Education

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