Expo boasts dynamic lineup of speakers
With so many things to see and do during AOPA Expo 2005 in Tampa, Florida, you'll no doubt also want some time to sit back, relax, soak it all in, and have a few laughs. AOPA has that covered as well. Join aviation humorist Rod Machado for lunch and laughs during Expo's opening luncheon on Thursday, November 3.
Start each day off right with general session speakers who will get you caught up on everything GA in only one hour! U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta will give AOPA members the inside scoop on how GA is perceived on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning, and leaders from the light sport aircraft market, Cirrus, and Eclipse will share their plans for the future of GA on Friday. A special session Saturday features AOPA President Phil Boyer and the AOPA senior management team to show you everything your association is doing to keep your flying safe, fun, and affordable.
After you get an update on the industry, browsing through the Tampa Convention Center exhibit hall and walking through the aircraft display at Peter O. Knight Airport will be even more interesting, because you'll see firsthand what the general session speakers discussed.
AOPA Expo is a pilot's largest toy store. The Tampa Convention Center will be filled with 540 booths, allowing you to comparison shop for everything from pilot products like headsets, flashlights, pens, and sunglasses, to aircraft accessories, including the latest avionics and new interiors.
More than 80 of the latest aircraft will be on display at Peter O. Knight Airport, including light sport aircraft. Live demonstrations and pilot-assisted-maintenance workshops will be given for the first time at the aircraft display. And if you are interested in purchasing an airplane, some companies will be giving demonstration flights. (To arrange a demo flight, you must contact the company before Expo.)
When you aren't looking over the latest aircraft, sit in on some of the more than 75 hours of seminars being offered. New this year is an educational Technology Track that includes seminars like "WAAS: What Does It Mean for IFR?," "Flying With Glass Cockpits in General Aviation," and "GPS Approaches, Navigation Databases, and Charts." In addition to technology, the seminars will cover safety, proficiency, ownership issues, and more.
Updated: October 18, 2005, 6:23 a.m. EDT