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AOPA Aviation Summit 2011 - ThursdayAOPA Aviation Summit 2011 - Thursday

New aircraft, technology beckon pilots to Summit

With aircraft on display, pilot products and gadgets to test, and hours of educational seminars, AOPA Aviation Summit is like a three-day retreat for pilots. Some AOPA members got a behind-the-scenes look at how the association puts on the show by volunteering to help at Airportfest. Get your own exclusive look at the show with these highlights from the Connecticut Convention Center and Airportfest as snapped through a photographer's lens.

Pilots get a behind-the-scenes look by volunteering to help direct aircraft and people at Airportfest.

This Cessna 172 is up for bid in the AOPA Foundation's A Night for Flight online charity auction.

The bright yellow Luscombe 8F basks in a brief period of sunlight that graced Airportfest.

The only place this beauty could look better is overhead performing aerobatics!

This Piaggio looks poised to gobble up the taildraggers tied down across the ramp.

AOPA President Craig Fuller and leaders within the association brief members on AOPA initiatives during the Sept. 22 opening keynote.

AOPA President Craig Fuller with Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and Pratt & Whitney President David Hess.

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. promotes the upcoming movie, Red Tails, that takes a look at the Tuskegee Airmen.

Gadgets galore. If it has a moving map and can be touched, pilots are attracted to it.

Members get a demo from Garmin. Will they be hooked and walk away with some new avionics?

Aviation humorist Rod Machado entertains while teaching pilots some of the finer points of flying.

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