Tue, Mar 29, 2011
Attendees And Exhibitors Depart Following Four Productive Days
Final statistics are in from the 54th Annual AEA Convention and
Trade Show held last week in Reno, which the organization said was
a success for attendees and vendors alike.
"Our members reported definite signs of improved business
activity," said Paula Derks, president of the AEA. "The general
aviation industry has not been immune to the economic realities
facing our country and the international community. However, our
member government-certified repair stations, avionics manufacturers
and distributors had a very positive and productive four days
networking and sharing new ideas on how to grow their businesses.
The mood throughout the week was very positive across the board in
our training sessions, the Exhibit Hall and our social events. The
new products introduced this week are wonderful news for the
general aviation industry, and I expect we will see an improved
economic environment in the months ahead."
The four-day event featured:
- The introduction of more than 30 new avionics products and
- More than 75 hours of technical and business management
- An Exhibit Hall filled with the latest avionics
- The latest regulatory updates with international agency
- More than $100,000 in scholarships awarded to avionics and
aviation maintenance students.
- Unique social events and networking opportunities with industry
- Recognition of Ron Hall, former employee of Duncan Aviation, as
the recipient of the 2011 AEA Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Recognition of Gunter Hemmel of Avionik Straubing GmbH,
recipient of the 2011 AEA Member of the Year Award.
- Recognition of Garmin as the recipient of the 2011 AEA
Associate Member of the Year Award.
- Annual Awards Luncheon with special guest speaker John Nance,
aviation analyst for ABC World News.
- Live streaming across the Internet on the AEA website of the
New Product Introductions session and Exhibit Hall live coverage,
courtesy of the Aero-News Network.
- Free Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification and
endorsement exams to attendees, in partnership with the National
Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies (NCATT).
- Lowell Gaylor Memorial Golf Tournament, which raised new
dollars for future academic scholarships to be awarded to students
through the AEA Educational Foundation.
The AEA convention is dedicated solely to the general aviation
avionics industry. Not open to the public, the event's primary
focus is to provide avionics professionals with educational and
marketing opportunities between equipment manufacturers,
distributors and government-certified repair stations. The general
aviation avionics community knows the AEA International Convention
& Trade Show is a must-attend gathering for growing their
businesses, training their technicians and meeting with their
The AEA convention moves to the East Coast next year, as the
event will take place in Washington, D.C., April 3-6, 2012, at the
Gaylord National Resort.
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