San Jose ramps up for AOPA Expo
The welcome signs are up, and the San Jose McEnery Convention Center is abuzz with activity as vendors prepare for AOPA’s premiere aviation event. This year’s show, held in San Jose, Calif., features more than 80 aircraft on display, 600 exhibitor booths, and 60 hours of aviation seminars. Where else can you find pilot camaraderie, the latest high-tech aviation gadgets, and insights into the future of GA?
“With its cutting-edge spirit, San Jose is the ideal venue for a visionary Expo, showcasing the latest innovations in general aviation,” said AOPA President Phil Boyer. “This year’s Expo is sure to be a memorable one.”
At Expo, you can get an up-close look at the latest aircraft, from light sport to very light jets, on display at Norman Y. Mineta/San Jose International. AOPA’s 2008 Get Your Glass Sweepstakes Piper Archer will also be featured on display, showing off its glass cockpit and professional paint job.
During the three-day aviation extravaganza, peruse hundreds of booths showcasing the most exciting and modern aviation equipment and gear manufacturers have to offer. Still want more? Choose from over 60 hours of seminars on everything from aircraft ownership to interior renovations, instrument flying, and medical certification.
Opening day, Thursday, Nov. 6, will kick off with a general session featuring a hard-hitting discussion amongst several Washington, D.C., aviation insiders about the general election and what the results mean for general aviation.
On Friday, AOPA executives will provide a behind-the-scenes look at what the association has been doing throughout the year to help keep general aviation safe, fun, and affordable. Hear about the status of the FAA funding debate and other key issues before Congress, statehouses, and local communities. You’ll also have a sneak peek into new AOPA products and services that will enhance your flying experience.
During his last Expo General Session on Saturday, Phil Boyer, who will retire at the end of 2008, offers his unique insights on the future of AOPA. At the session, Boyer will introduce incoming AOPA President Craig Fuller.
“Every great team needs a coach, every great business needs a CEO, and every great association needs a president. I am delighted Craig will captain AOPA on the ‘next leg’ of this remarkable journey to preserve and advance general aviation,” said Boyer. Fuller has held top positions in the White House, at a national trade association, a Fortune 50 company, and in global consulting and public affairs firms. He is a committed 40-year pilot, aircraft owner, and AOPA member.
Don’t miss this opportunity to greet both Boyer and Fuller and learn more about the AOPA leadership transition, which will take place on Jan. 1
If you haven’t signed up for Expo yet, it’s not too late to join the migration to San Jose! You can register on site for what promises to be an unforgettable show.
November 3, 2008