Recession? What Recession?
Hundreds of manufacturers of avionics,
instruments, airframe and test equipment along with shop owners,
managers and technicians poured into the exhibit hall at the
Aircraft Electronics Association 46th Annual International
Convention and Trade Show, April 24 through 26 in Orlando (FL).
Over 1,400 people attended the show. There were 124 exhibitors
filling 210 booth spaces answering questions and demonstrating
their products. Attendance was up over 10 percent from last year,
giving convention-goers a positive look at what business will be
like the rest of the year.
Over 48 hours of FAA-approved training was offered
at the show "where business gets done," proving once again AEA's
dedication to providing those in the avionics industry with the
chance to participate, network and extract valuable information to
boost their business. Sessions and technical workshops included
topics such as Part 145 Training, Alteration Design and
Documentation for Repair Stations, Aviation Rulemaking, Production
Design Approval for Manufacturers, FlightSafety International's
Maintenance Resource Management, Field Approvals forum, Aircraft
Wiring forum, Transport Canada Aviation Maintenance Tool
Management, and other technical workshops from major avionics
manufacturers and distributors.
During the convention's opening, AEA President Paula Derks
recognized George Lewison (above, right) as AEA's Lifetime
Achievement Award winner. Celebrating the Centennial of Flight in
this 100th year of flight, the U.S. Postal Service chose the AEA
venue to unveil the First Flight commemorative postage stamp
(below, right) during the opening.
AEA then recognized the winners of over $100,000
in aviation maintenenace scholarships, and the AEA member companies
who provide funding for many of those scholarships.
Over 30 new products were introduced from various manufacturers
and distributors during New Product Introductions -- a
During the annual Awards Luncheon, Sandia Aerospace was
recognized as AEA's Associate Member of the Year. Barry Aylward,
co-owner of Kitchener Aero in Breslau, Ontario and Mid-Canada Mod
Center in Toronto, was recognized as AEA's Member of the Year.
The AEA Educational Foundation's Silent Auction
was also a great success, raising over $23,000 to benefit students
seeking a career in aviation electronics, and to help further
educate AEA¹s members. The Foundation provides over $100,000
in scholarships each year.
AEA's 47th annual show is scheduled for March 30 through April
1, 2004 at Hilton's Paris Hotel in Las Vegas (NV).