AEA’s New Product Introductions a Can’t-Miss Event for Avionics Professionals

One of the most popular sessions each year at the AEA International Convention & Trade Show is the AEA Official Opening, sponsored by Universal Avionics Systems Corp., and the AEA New Product Introductions.

This must-see event takes place Thursday, March 13, and it continues to draw the attention of the entire general aviation community. This year is no different, as the Aero-News Network will be live-streaming the AEA Opening Ceremonies and New Product Introductions around the world on the Internet for the fifth straight year. Each NPI presentation will be syndicated by ANN to dozens of popular E-media and aviation websites, such as YouTube, and ANN will produce live programming throughout the week and conduct high-tech interviews from the AEA Exhibit Hall floor for even greater exposure.

Sean TuckerIn addition, Sean D. Tucker will be the keynote speaker during this session. Tucker flies hard-charging, power aerobatics in his highly modified, one-of-a kind aerobatic dream machine sponsored by Oracle. Its revolutionary set of wings uses eight ailerons instead of four and sports a high-performance tail. With more than 20,000 hours, Tucker started his flying career crop-dusting in modified Stearman biplanes. In 1975, he began competing, soon earning national recognition and coveted title of “U.S. National Advanced Aerobatics Champion.” Now with more than 1,100 performances at more than 450 airshows, he has won numerous aerobatic competitions and received more than 18 prestigious awards, including induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Tucker amazes audiences with his high-energy routines. His original flying style and infectious personality have rocketed him to the top. In his performance, he flies the aircraft backwards, straight-down, tail-first at more than 100 miles per hour. More than half of Sean's maneuvers are original and have never been duplicated by another aerobatic pilot.

“ANN’s live coverage of the Official Opening has helped make this session the primary launching pad for companies to unveil the latest and greatest in new avionics products and services coming to market for the current year,” said Paula Derks, AEA president. “It helps these companies share their success stories in their own words. The general aviation industry looks forward with greater anticipation each spring to discover, face-to-face, what’s new for all things avionics. Convention attendees also will be able to take advantage of more than 75 hours of regulatory, technical, and business management training, and it truly is the biggest training week in the avionics industry. We look forward to a full week of networking and training taking place at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, March 12-15.”

“Our coverage of the annual AEA International Convention and Trade Show is a pivotal effort,” said ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell. “No other aspect of aviation has boasted the aggressive growth, progress and innovation as we’ve seen from the avionics industry. As a result, it behooves us to make sure that the content and the processes we use to cover this industry are every bit as innovative and exciting. We have big plans to ‘raise the bar’ for our coverage of AEA 2014.”


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