Annual 'Aviation Summit' Will Expand Focus On
While delivering the keynote address at the 2009 Northwest
Aviation Conference on Saturday, Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association president Craig L. Fuller announced an ambitious new
plan for the Association's annual meeting, to be held later this
year in Tampa, FL.
Described by Fuller as "all our Expo event has offered and
more," the newly-restructured AOPA Aviation Summit will expand the
organization's advocacy efforts... by bringing "everyone in general
aviation to the table -- regulators, industry, and users -- to
discuss the major issues that affect everyone, flyers and
"We want to help you connect to the reasons that you fly so you
can maximize the value you get from your personal aviation
experience," said Fuller, "whether you fly for business, pleasure,
Attendees will notice a few additional changes. In addition to
hundreds of vendor booths, the exhibit hall at the Tampa Convention
Center will sport an all-new layout intended to provide greater
opportunities for product demonstrations and other events on the
And while the aircraft display at Peter O. Knight Airport
(TPF, shown below) will still host all the major airframe
manufacturers, AOPA plans to highlight other aspects of general
aviation that members are not used to seeing. The social functions
will also have a new look and feel, with exciting new elements
attendees have never seen before.
"We are expanding our horizons to bring you new experiences,
events, and opportunities to touch, test, and interact with the
people and technology that are relevant to the way you fly,"
The first annual AOPA Aviation Summit will coincide with the
organization's 70th anniversary. The event will run November 5-7,
2009 in Tampa.