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AOPA to talk airport protection at Northwest Aviation Conference

AOPA plans to attend the Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show in Puyallup, Wash. Expect to see AOPA Foundation President Karen Gebhart as the keynote speaker; her topics will include the state of general aviation, aviation security, airport preservation, and the perception of general aviation.

Meanwhile, AOPA’s government affairs division will hold a seminar on protecting your airport when politics are involved. AOPA will set the scene with the ongoing turmoil at Vista Field. For this seminar, the association will feature the woman at the forefront, Marjy Leggett and her tactics that have kept the airport strong during this trying time. This event is open to the public.

AOPA’s Air Safety Foundation will give its “What Went Wrong” seminar, where the foundation looks at general aviation accidents through the eyes of the investigator—starting at the scene and working backward to reconnect the shattered links of the accident chain. Also expect the “10 Things Other Pilots Do Wrong” seminar, where the foundation will explore pilots’ pet peeves about what other pilots do that jeopardizes the safety of all nearby.

The conference plans to have more than 10,000 aviation enthusiasts in attendance, with more than 350 booths staffed with aviation companies and associations. Admission is $5 per person, with discounts available for children and students.

Quick Facts:

  • 27th Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show
  • Blue Gate, Western Wash. Fairgrounds, Puyallup Wash.
  • Show hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Saturday), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sunday)
  • AOPA is at booth # 528 and #529
  • Admission: $5, children & students free
  • Keynote Speech: 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20
  • ASF’s “10 Things Other Pilots Do Wrong” seminar Feb. 20, 11:45 a.m. (Saturday)
  • ASF’s “What Went Wrong” seminar Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m. (Sunday)
Topics: Advocacy

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