Official Opening of the
56th Annual Convention

Tuesday, March 26 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Conference Center Grand Ballroom South


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  • Chairman’s Welcome
  • President’s State of the Association Address
  • Keynote Address
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation


Keynote Speaker - Dick Rutan

Dick Rutan, a pilot, entrepreneur and adventurer who made history in December 1986, after completing a nine-day, nonstop and nonrefueled flight around the world that established a flight-endurance record, will be the keynote speaker during the official opening at the 56th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show. more [+]


Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree - Dan Derby

Dan Derby is the 2013 honoree of the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the Aircraft Electronics Association’s board of directors, the AEA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Derby started working for Atlantic Aero in Greensboro, N.C., on July 5, 1976, beginning a remarkable 32-year aviation career with loyal service to Atlantic Aero in a variety of roles. For the first six years of his career, Derby troubleshot, diagnosed, repaired and installed avionics systems for many customers and aircraft owners. more [+]

Official Opening Sponsor

Universal Avionics

Keynote Speaker

Dick Rutan
Dick Rutan
(photo by Jeff Berlin of

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dan Derby
Dan Derby