The 54th Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show

Social Events

The following social events are sponsored by the AEA. Each event requires a ticket to attend. Tickets are included in a full member registration and a full spouse/guest registration. Additional tickets for guests may be purchased in advance by e-mailing your request to Jenna Kramer, at prior to March 1. After that date, tickets may be purchased onsite in Reno at the AEA Registration Desk—subject to availability.

  • AEA First-Nighter Party
  • AEA Annual Awards Luncheon
  • AEA's So Long Saloon Reception

Wednesday, March 22, 2011 7:00 p.m.
AEA First-Nighter Party
7:00 p.m. - Grand Ballroom

And the beat goes on! Join fellow AEA members as we “Rock the Night” in Reno with a live rock band concert.  Upon entering the “concert,” mingle with fellow members while you sample a variety of food stations and great libations! Then, get ready for a rousing evening as the band takes the stage to entertain AEA attendees with a mix of rock, funk and blues.

This year’s party will feature a private concert by “The Groove Pilots” rock & roll band, with surprise special performances by a few AEA members! The evening includes full buffet dinner, open bar throughout the night, concert with concert T-shirts for everyone, and special events throughout the party. This will be a party members will remember for years to come — be a part of this special night as we groove on tunes familiar to every age group.

Each ticket holder will receive a commemorative concert T-shirt and other fun concert items.

Tickets are included in a full convention registration or full spouse registration. Suggested attire: concert T-shirt! Individual tickets are available at $160 per person on a first-come, first-served basis until the concert is SOLD OUT! The concert will take place at the Grand Sierra Resort Grand Ballroom.

Accord Technology
Aerotex International
Aspen Avionics
Avidyne Corp.
Becker Avionics
Dallas Avionics, Inc.
DPI Labs Inc.
Duncan Aviation
Express Calibration Services
FLYING Magazine
Global Parts Inc.
Matrix Aviation
PS Engineering Inc.
TGH Aviation
Universal Avionics

Thursday, March 23

AEA Annual Awards Luncheon
11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Reno Ballroom

A salute to the 2011 AEA Member of the Year and the 2011 AEA Associate Member of the Year, as well as guest speaker John Nance, best known to television viewers as the aviation analyst for ABC World Newsˮ and aviation editor for Good Morning America

Pacific Southwest Instruments
Rockwell CollinsGuest Speaker

Luncheon Guest Speaker - John Nance

An internationally recognized air safety analyst, Nance has made several appearances on national shows such as “Larry King Live,” “PBS Hour with Jim Lehrer,” “Oprah,” “NPR,” “Nova” and “The Today Show,” and has authored 19 major books.

Nance was named the 2002 Distinguished Alumnus of Southern Methodist University, where he holds a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor from the SMU School of Law. He is a decorated Air Force pilot veteran of Vietnam and Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield. Nance is one of the civilian pioneers of Crew Resource Management (CRM) and has piloted a wide variety of jet aircraft.

2011 AEA Member of the Year Award

This award is for an individual (man or woman), not a company. The individual must be affiliated with an AEA regular member company.

2011 Nominees:

Don Dominguez, San Luis Avionics
Arnold Hill, Des Moines Flying Service
Fabian Oyarbide, REDIMEC SRL
Rick Peavley, Vero Beach Avionics

2011 AEA Associate Member of the Year Award

This award is for a company that is an associate member of the AEA, not an individual. Associate members include manufacturers, major distributors, used equipment companies and trade publications.

2011 Nominees:

Flight Display Systems
Mid-Continent Instruments
PS Engineering

Friday, March 25
So Long Saloon Reception
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Grand Salon

Join fellow members for a casual “cold one” following a successful day filled with technical training.

Aero Express
Drink Tickets &