AEA convention opens in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Nearly 1,500 avionics manufacturers, dealers, installers and other general aviation professionals have converged at the 56th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show, which opened Monday, March 25, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Convention Center.

The four-day event, which takes place March 25-28, is the largest gathering of avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world.

Not open to the public, the event’s primary focus is providing avionics professionals with educational and marketing opportunities between equipment manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations.

The event also is the platform of choice for the introduction of several new avionics products coming to market this year.

The event also features more than 75 hours of regulatory, technical and business management training and professional development. The AEA’s Fast Traks and technical training workshops are approved for credit toward the AEA’s Avionics Training Excellence Award, as well as accepted for FAA IA renewal and the AMT Awards Program.

The Exhibit Hall is filled with the latest avionics technologies and more than 130 exhibitors.

More than $100,000 in scholarships will be awarded to avionics and aviation maintenance students.

In addition, the AEA Educational Foundation, in partnership with the National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies (NCATT), will offer registered attendees free Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification and endorsement exams. Attendees may test their knowledge in achieving the NCATT’s highly regarded avionics technician certification. This $100 value is only available through the AEA at the convention.

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 AEA Opening Ceremonies.

“The AEA is thrilled to be in Las Vegas for our 56th International Convention & Trade Show,” said Paula Derks, AEA president. “Our attendees will have the opportunity to network with their industry peers and keep up-to-date with industry trends by seeing new products with the major suppliers under one roof. In this new world of social media, text messaging, emailing and webinars, one thing remains constant: Our attendees still want to see, touch and talk product face-to-face.”

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