September 23, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
The Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau has created the first North Texas Aviation Week, calling it a chance to start a long-overdue tradition for a largely overlooked, integral part of the city’s local fabric. Aviation-related events and media opportunities will run during a 10-day span.
The week kicks off Oct. 10 through 12 with AOPA Aviation Summit at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Next will be the Aviation and Aerospace Industry Manufacturing Summit, Oct. 16 and 18, and the week will end with the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show on Oct. 19 and 20.
Fort Worth is home to local aviation entities including American Airlines, Bell Helicopter, and Lockheed Martin, and the Dallas/Fort Worth region is home to the second-largest aviation cluster in the United States. It is also home to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the third-busiest international airport in the country.
These aviation companies have partnered with the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau to create Aviation Week. The effort consists of a campaign using email, a website, and social media to promote, educate, and bring awareness to the public of the city’s strong, proud aviation history. The effort is also working on partnerships with local school districts.
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) welcomed a Sept. 18 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announcement that it would host a “call to action summit” to address the barriers and potential challenges associated with equipping tens of thousands of aircraft for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) by the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline. ADS-B is a critical component of the NextGen air traffic modernization program.
The FAA announced Sept. 18 that it would host a “call to action summit” to address the barriers and potential challenges associated with equipping tens of thousands of aircraft for ADS-B, a move welcomed by AOPA.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is pressing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to offer pilots and aircraft owners more flexibility when it comes to the use of hangars at airports that have received federal funding.
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