AOPA President Phil Boyer delivered a keynote address at this year's Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show - the first big event of the flying season for pilots in the Pacific Northwest.
Now in its twenty-second year, the event provided a venue for aviation businesses and customers to network and showcase technological advances in the industry. This year's theme was "aviation education - share the dream," and the show promised to be bigger and better than ever. The number of exhibitors alone increased 40 percent over last year.
Boyer spoke about key issues affecting pilots nationwide including security, reducing flying costs, and AOPA's goals for 2005. Special emphasis was on Northwest concerns such as temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) and airport preservation. The event was held at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup.
This year's expanded conference schedule included safety seminars covering many facets of the industry from helicopter to seaplane operations, plus topics on mountain and instrument flying.
The AOPA Air Safety Foundation presented two safety seminars: "Single Pilot IFR" and "Ups and Downs of Takeoffs and Landings."
Hosted by the Washington Aviation Association, the conference took place February 26 and 27. For complete information, visit the Web site.
Update: February 28, 2005