60th Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show Officially Opens in New Orleans, Louisiana

With several new avionics products set to debut, the four-day event is the largest wholesale avionics show in the general aviation industry.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, March 13, 2017 -- Nearly 2,000 avionics manufacturers, repair stations, installers and other general aviation professionals have converged at the 60th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show, which opened today at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The four-day event takes place March 13-16, and it is the largest gathering of avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world. 

The AEA Convention is the preeminent venue dedicated solely to the general aviation avionics industry. The event's primary focus is providing avionics professionals with educational and marketing opportunities between equipment manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations. The general aviation avionics community knows the AEA Convention is a must-attend gathering for growing their businesses, training their technicians and meeting with their dealer network. 

Avionics professionals will experience the following highlights during the week, just to name a few.

  • Nearly 30 companies will participate in the AEA New Product Introductions session.
  • More than 75 hours of regulatory, technical and business management training and professional development, all approved for credit toward the AEA's Avionics Training Excellence Award, as well as accepted for FAA IA renewal and the AMT Awards Program.
  • A sold-out Exhibit Hall filled with the latest avionics technologies and more than 135 exhibitors.
  • The latest regulatory updates with international agency personnel.
  • Recognition of the 2017 AEA Member of the Year Award recipient.
  • Recognition of the 2017 AEA Associate Member of the Year Award recipient.
  • Live-streaming of the Opening Session, New Product Introductions and live Exhibit Hall coverage from the Aero-News Network.
  • Free Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification and endorsement exams to convention attendees, courtesy of the AEA Educational Foundation and its partnership with the National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies (NCATT) and ASTM International. Attendees may test their knowledge in achieving the NCATT's highly regarded avionics technician certification, and this $100 value is only available through the AEA at the convention. 

One of the most popular sessions each year is the AEA New Product Introductions during the opening session, sponsored by Pacific Southwest Instruments. This must-see event takes place Monday, March 13, and it continues to draw the attention of the entire general aviation community. In addition, each NPI presentation will be syndicated to dozens of popular E-media and aviation websites, such as YouTube.

The Aero-News Network will begin its live-streaming coverage from New Orleans on Monday, March 13, at 8:30 a.m. CDT. Watch the opening session as more than 30 companies will unveil new products and services. ANN's live-streaming coverage from New Orleans continues from the AEA Exhibit Hall Tuesday, March 14, at noon CDT, and again Wednesday, March 15, at 1 p.m. CDT. Click here to watch.

The 2017 AEA Member of the Year and Associate Member of the Year will be announced during the opening session on Monday, March 13.

The nominees for the 2017 AEA Member of the Year Award are:

  • Don Dominguez of San Luis Avionics Inc.
  • Chuck Gallagher of Cincinnati Avionics
  • Bob Marryat of Q.F. Avionics Center Ltd.
  • Rick Peavley of Sun Aviation Avionics
  • Greg Vail of Flightstar Corp.

The nominees for the 2017 AEA Associate Member of the Year Award are:

  • Adams Aviation Supply Co. Ltd.
  • ALTO Aviation
  • Appareo
  • Cal Labs Inc.
  • Cobra Systems
  • Latitude Technologies

The official hashtag for the AEA Convention is #AEA17. Stay connected with AEA Convention updates by following the AEA on Twitter @AEA_aero and liking the AEA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AircraftElectronicsAssociation.  


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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.