The 2013 Southeast Aviation Expo will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina.
“This event is an annual fundraiser for the South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA),” stated SCAA President Marion Hope. “Post event exhibitor surveys were extremely favorable. Many expressed that they got face time with existing clients and met a number of valuable prospective customers which made the expo a very worthwhile tool to strengthen their network of aviation-focused contacts. This is exactly what we were trying to achieve, a trade show type event for people in our region who are in the aviation industry.”
“We hope to grow this event each year, and who knows one day we might be as big as the Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show in Washington state. It has been in existence for 29 years and pulls about 12,000 attendees,” added Joe Frasher, Airport Director of the Greenville Downtown Airport.
The 2012 event sponsors were Trade-A-Plane, South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (SCTAC), Special Services Corporation, Greenville Jet Center, Civil Air Patrol and the Greenville Downtown Airport. Exhibitors included: Cessna, Cirrus, Michelin Aircraft Tires, ADEX Machining Technologies, AeroCab, Louis Berger Services Inc., James A. Gardner Company, Mint Air, Flight Design USA, Baldwin Safety & Compliance, Motley Rice LLC, Advocate Consulting, Aircare Aviation Services & Support, Hope Aviation Insurance, Just Aircraft, Greenville Downtown Airport, Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo, Lycoming, Aviation Tax Consultants, LLC., USAeroTech – Professional Aircraft Maintenance Training, Liberty University, PF Flyers, Runway Cafe, Special Services Corporation, Trade-A-Plane, Eclipse Aerospace, Precision Hose Technologies, Inc., CTS International, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Daher-Socata, Champion Aerospace, Skytech, Tempest, Stevens Aviation, LandRover Carolinas, Premier Aircraft Sales, Diamond Aircraft, SWT Aviation Inc., Cubcrafters, Airwolf Aviation Services, 4 Paws Aviation, DTC DUAT Service, Applied Technical Services, Inc., Camden/Donaldson/Greenville Jet Centers, Fractrade, Civil Air Patrol, Pilots N Paws, Eastern Aviation Fuels – Shell Aviation, Eagle Aviation, SCAA, SC Aeronautics Commission, SC Aviation Safety Council, SC Historic Aviation Foundation, The FAA Flight Standards Districts Office, BMW Performance Driving School, Drumm Health Services, Davis & Floyd and Angel Flight.
SCAA’s mission is to actively promote and encourage aviation and airport development to meet air transportation needs and assist the state in achieving economic development goals. For more information: SCAAOnline.com, 877-FLY-SCAA (359- 7222) or email Katie@associationsplus.com
GMU is the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina and is a self-sufficient entity with financial strength that doesn’t rely on local taxpayers for funding. GMU is home to Greenville Jet Center, the largest FBO in South Carolina, as well as more than 25 other aviation-related businesses creating 453 jobs that annually contribute more than $35.2 million to the Upstate economy. For more information about GMU: GreenvilleDowntownAirport.com or 864-242-4777