WASHINGTON, D.C., April 6, 2012 -- The U.S. capital was a little busier this week as nearly 1,500 avionics manufacturers, dealers, installers and other general aviation professionals gathered April 3-6 at the 55th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
The four-day event, which is the largest wholesale avionics show in the general aviation industry, featured:
- More than 25 new avionics products and systems being introduced.
- More than 75 hours of regulatory, technical and business management training and professional development.
- An Exhibit Hall filled with the latest avionics technologies.
- The latest regulatory updates with international agency personnel.
- More than $100,000 in scholarships awarded to avionics and aviation maintenance students.
- Recognition of Paul Ryan as the recipient of the 2012 AEA Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Recognition of Jim Joubert of Pacific Southwest Instruments, recipient of the 2012 AEA Member of the Year Award.
- Recognition of Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics as the recipient of the 2012 AEA Associate Member of the Year Award.
- Live streaming across the Internet on the AEA website of the AEA Official Opening, New Product Introductions and live Exhibit Hall 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).
- Unique social events and networking opportunities with industry colleagues.
"This was a very productive week for our members, associate members and industry," said Paula Derks, president of the AEA. "The new products introduced to the market this week will help our industry continue to grow and recover from the challenging economic realities facing our country and the international community. This year's convention theme was 'Take Pride. Take Ownership. Take Back Your Industry.' Attendees demonstrated a positive outlook toward the future with a collaborative spirit of cooperation. Our members are focused on proactively growing their businesses and developing leaders. This was evident throughout the four days in our training sessions, the Exhibit Hall and our interaction with the regulators."
The AEA Convention is the preeminent venue 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 customers.
In 2013, the AEA International Convention & Trade Show moves to Las Vegas, Nev., March 25-28.
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Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association represents nearly 1,300 member companies in more than 40 countries, including approved maintenance organizations specializing in maintenance, repair and installation of aircraft electronics systems in general aviation aircraft. The AEA membership also includes manufacturers of aircraft electronics equipment, instrument repair facilities, instrument manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers, major distributors, engineers and educational institutions.