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AOPA at Montana Aviation ConferenceAOPA at Montana Aviation Conference

NASA Deputy Administrator Dava J. Newman. NASA photo by Bill Ingalls.

AOPA will be on hand to promote general aviation, hold educational seminars, and greet members at the Montana Aviation Conference March 3 through 5 in Helena.

The conference, in its thirty-second year, is the second largest annual aviation gathering in the Northwest. This year's speaker at the March 5 banquet will be Dava J. Newman, deputy administrator of NASA, and previously the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Newman's research included advanced space suit design, dynamics and control of astronaut motion, and applying the knowledge gained from space flight to augmenting human locomotion on Earth.

AOPA, a platinum sponsor of the conference, will hold a Rusty Pilots Seminar in partnership with the Montana Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division. The Rusty Pilots sessions help bring inactive pilots up to date on their aviation knowledge for their return to the cockpit, and also help them brush up on their skills.

AOPA membership renewals will be available at a special rate at AOPA’s booth at the conference. Visitors also can learn about AOPA’s Airport Support Network volunteer program. ASN volunteers from the region will have a breakfast meeting.

Pilots and aviation devotees interested in volunteering to help out at the AOPA Regional Fly-in to be held in Bremerton, Washington, Aug. 19 and 20 may sign up at the Montana Aviation Conference.

AOPA also will hold seminars to update members on issues of interest to the Northwest Mountain region (in conjunction with the National Business Aviation Association) and hold a “Maximum Fun/Minimum Cost” session designed for flying clubs and their organizers.

The conference will be held at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena.

Topics: Events, Advocacy

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