ABS Convention

American Bonanza Society Annual Convention at the AOPA Summit

Note: When you register through ABS, you not only gain access to all ABS-specific events and seminars, you will have access to AOPA’s seminars, the Exhibit Hall, aircraft display, and Parade of Planes on Wednesday.

Schedule of ABS-Specific Events

  • Wednesday, October 10
Time Event Location
5 p.m.-
6:30 p.m.
ABS Welcome Reception
Kick off the convention with a glass of wine and light hors d’oeuvres. See who has arrived, make some new friends, and maybe win a door prize! Then off on your own for dinner at any of the many Palm Springs restaurants located nearby.
Hotel Zoso, Marquis Ballroom
  • Thursday, October 11
Time Seminar or Event Speaker Location
10 a.m.-
5 p.m.
Visit ABS in Booth 906 and the aircraft display
Convention Center
10:30 a.m. Keep Your Aging Beechcraft Flying
There’s a lot that goes on beneath the surface that determines the safety and longevity of your Beechcraft. Learn from decades of experience addressing the longevity issues from the man who has probably removed more Bonanza interiors than anyone else.
Dennis Wolter, Air Mod, Inc. Convention Center, Pueblo
10:30 a.m. Risk Management for Beech Pilots
Eighty percent of all accidents involve pilot judgment and risk management. Type-specific knowledge has proven to have a positive effect on accident avoidance. Learn to make informed risk management decisions as they apply to flying your Beechcraft. Robert Wright is a retired manager of Commercial and General Aviation at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C., and is a longtime Bonanza owner.
Robert Wright Convention Center, Chino
1 p.m.-
2 p.m.
ABS Meet-Up
Join ABS executive directors, board members, and other Beechcraft fliers and get updates on what ABS is doing for its members and general aviation. Invite a friend!

Convention Center, Interactive Lounge
1:30 p.m. When to Do What—Maintaining Your Beechcraft
Type-specific maintenance knowledge is vital to enjoying your classic Beechcraft for years to come. Learn tips from an expert. Jim and Reece Leech own Windward Aviation, a Florida-based FBO specializing in maintaining Beech piston airplanes.
Jim and Reece Leach Convention Center, Pueblo
1:30 p.m. Which Beechcraft Is Best for You?
Are you thinking about buying a Beechcraft? This presentation tells you what you need to know about the different models, their capabilities and limitations, so you may chose the specific Beechcraft that works best for you. Learn about the ABS support network for Beech airplanes as well. Thomas P. Turner is executive director of the ABS Air Safety Foundation and an authority on Beech airplanes.
Thomas Turner Convention Center, Chino
3:15 p.m. Secrets Behind Bonanza Accidents
We hear a lot about the NTSB record, but what about all those mishaps that never make it into an NTSB report? Mike Adams, VP of Underwriting, researched the Avemco Insurance Company files of over 30 years of claims experience on Beech Bonanza and Debonair airplanes, so you can learn how to avoid the costly and hazardous situations that make up the true accident record.
Mike Adams Convention Center, Pueblo
3:15 p.m. Continental E-Series Engines Forum
If you fly, own, or maintain a classic E-Series Bonanza (1947-1956 models), you need to learn from the E-Series expert. Here’s your chance to ask Lew Gage, the acknowledged authority on these Beechcraft classics.
Lew Gage Convention Center, Chino
5 p.m.-
6:30 p.m.
ABS Mexican Break
Enjoy a glass of margarita punch on ABS and munch some chips and salsa while you share your impressions of the first day of the convention with other ABS members.

Spa Resort Casino, Poolside
  • Friday, October 12
Time Seminar or Event Speaker Location
7 a.m.-
8:30 a.m.
Falcon DayBreaker!
Enjoy continental breakfast as ABS conducts its Annual Meeting.

Hotel Zoso, Grand Zoso Ballroom
9 a.m.-
5 p.m.
Visit ABS in Booth 906 and the aircraft display
Convention Center
10:30 a.m. Risk Management for Beech Pilots
Eighty percent of all accidents involve pilot judgment and risk management. Type-specific knowledge has proven to have a positive effect on accident avoidance. Learn to make informed risk management decisions as they apply to flying your Beechcraft. Robert Wright is a retired manager of Commercial and General Aviation at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C., and is a longtime Bonanza owner.
Robert Wright Convention Center, Pueblo
10:30 a.m. ABS Technical Advisor Forum
Do you have a question about maintaining or flying your Beech airplane? Ask the ABS technical advisors, expert mechanics, and Beech pilots who are at the pinnacle of Beechcraft knowledge.
ABS Techs Convention Center, Chino
1:30 p.m. When to Do What—Maintaining Your Beechcraft
Type-specific maintenance knowledge is vital to enjoying your classic Beechcraft for years to come. Learn tips from an expert. Jim and Reece Leech own Windward Aviation, a Florida-based FBO specializing in maintaining Beech piston airplanes.
Jim and Reece Leach Convention Center, Pueblo
1:30 p.m. Which Beechcraft Is Best for You?
Are you thinking about buying a Beechcraft? This presentation tells you what you need to know about the different models, their capabilities and limitations, so you may chose the specific Beechcraft that works best for you. Learn about the ABS support network for Beech airplanes as well. Thomas P. Turner is executive director of the ABS Air Safety Foundation and an authority on Beech airplanes.
Thomas Turner Convention Center, Chino
3:15 p.m. Weight + CG = Performance + Handling
Proper loading and balance is critical to airplane performance and handling. Learn the weight and balance characteristics of various Beech models, and how you can use payload and center of gravity to improve performance, increase stability or maneuverability, and enhance safety. Tim Miller is a longtime Bonanza owner and flight instructor from Salt Lake City, Utah.
Tim Miller Convention Center, Pueblo
3:15 p.m. Beech Maintenance and Modifications
Go beyond the annual inspection and learn about the relatively unknown modifications available to improve the performance, comfort, and style of your Beech airplane. Adrian Eichhorn has extensively modified his personal Bonanza and is well known as a Beechcraft instructor and mechanic.
Adrian Eichhorn Convention Center, Chino
5:30 p.m. California Dreamin’ Resort Party
An ABS/AOPA event.

Renaissance Hotel Pool
  • Saturday, October 13
Time Seminar or Event Speaker Location
7:30 a.m.-
8:45 a.m.
Falcon DayBreaker!
Earl Weener of the National Transportation Safety Board will address the group as we enjoy a continental breakfast. Weener has an accomplished career in aviation as an engineering executive, safety advocate, industry safety spokesperson, engineer, and pilot.
Earl Weener Spa Resort Casino, Canyon Conference Center
9 a.m.-
4 p.m.
Visit ABS in Booth 906 and the aircraft display
Convention Center
10:30 a.m. ABS Technical Advisor Forum
Do you have a question about maintaining or flying your Beech airplane? Ask the ABS technical advisors, expert mechanics, and Beech pilots who are at the pinnacle of Beechcraft knowledge.
ABS Techs Convention Center, Pueblo
10:30 a.m. Interior Modifications for Your Beechcraft
Planning to upgrade the interior of your Beech airplane? Discover ideas, tips, and tricks for planning your interior upgrade.
Dennis Wolter, Air Mod, Inc. Convention Center, Chino
1:30 p.m. Weight + CG = Performance + Handling
Proper loading and balance is critical to airplane performance and handling. Learn the weight and balance characteristics of various Beech models, and how you can use payload and center of gravity to improve performance, increase stability or maneuverability, and enhance safety. Tim Miller is a longtime Bonanza owner and flight instructor from Salt Lake City, Utah.
Tim Miller Convention Center, Pueblo
1:30 p.m. Continental E-Series Engines Forum
If you fly, own, or maintain a classic E-Series Bonanza (1947-1956 models), you need to learn from the E-Series expert. Here’s your chance to ask Lew Gage, the acknowledged authority on these Beechcraft classics.
Lew Gage Convention Center, Chino
5 p.m. Wild West Desert Adventure
An ABS/AOPA event.

Metate Canyon

Hotel and Travel Information

Hotel Zoso and the Spa Resort Casino have rooms available especially for ABS Members. Click here to book your room, and see transportation information.

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