New Jersey Aviation Conference set

SOMERSET, N.J. — The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Coalition (MAAC) will hold the 19th Annual New Jersey Aviation Conference May 2-3.

Featuring a new and expanded format, the conference combines a traditional symposium with a unique ground school session.

According to MAAC Vice President Robert Checchio, “expanding our conference to two days will encourage greater participation by offering attendees a symposium on the first day, followed by a value-added, airport-based event on the second day.”

The symposium component will be held on Friday, May 2, at Princeton University’s Carl A. Fields Center for Equality + Cultural Understanding.

Themed “Seize the Day – Build for Tomorrow,” the symposium will feature a question and answer session with NJ Department of Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson and four panels of experts discussing education, policy, technology, and safety issues. Master Instructor Rich Stowell will provide the keynote speech.

The value-added ground school component will be held on Saturday, May 3, at Alexandria Field Airport in Pittstown, NJ.

Titled, “The Art and Science of Flying Ground School,” instructors Rich Stowell and Linda Castner will weave history, biology, and technology into a high-level exploration of the wonder of flight in general, and of airplane and human performance in particular.

Attendees can register for one or both days of the conference as follows: $50 for either day, or $85 for both days. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and a reception on day one; lunch on day two; and a chance to win various door prizes.

Conference details and registration forms are available at these websites:,,

Established in 1988, MAAC members include flying clubs, pilots, aircraft owners, airport managers, flight instructors, and fixed base operators. MAAC is the public policy group representing the interests of its members before state and local governments in New Jersey


  1. says

    Thanks for putting this out there, Ben. We are pulling out all the stops on this one and from what I know helping to set it up, this conference and Saturday’s Ground School will open a few eyes. I urge readers to contact us ASAP if they want a seat. There are restrictions on the number of folks that we can seat on both days. Contact maacmembers at gmail dot com for additional information.

  2. Paul Peterson says

    The Rich Stowell/Linda Castner presentation has my interest. Hope to see a write up on this event ( and perhaps the Stowell/Castner presentation ) in GAN.

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