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As part of its new 2021 events programming, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has released plans for two 2021 Aviator Showcase events. Each showcase will be a single-day event designed to provide new product and aircraft information to pilots, aircraft owners, and prospective buyers.

The Aviator Showcases will be held in Manassas, Virginia (Aug. 27) and Fort Worth, Texas (Oct. 1). The events will be an opportunity for pilots to explore exhibits and new aircraft displays, and a chance for aviation companies to showcase their latest gear.

“As has been the case with our past events, the AOPA Aviator Showcases will provide an excellent value and opportunity for aviation companies to interact with uniquely qualified audiences of the most engaged pilots,” said Chris Eads, AOPA Senior Director of Events and Outreach. “These events offer the chance to be in front of aircraft owners and pilots looking to buy.”

What: AOPA’s Aviator Showcase Events

Aviator Showcase at Manassas, VA
Aug. 27, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Manassas, Virginia, at Manassas Regional Airport (KHEF), hosted by Chantilly Air Jet Center

Aviator Showcase at Fort Worth, TX
Oct. 1, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fort Worth, Texas, at Fort Worth Alliance Airport (KAFW), hosted by Alliance Aviation Services

Why: AOPA’s Aviator Showcase events are designed to connect pilots and aircraft owners with the aviation industry’s vast array of products, services, aircraft, and equipment. These events will be one-day gatherings in an exhibit hall, with an aircraft sales display and technology-related seminars. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders in avionics and cockpit technology, flight planning, weather resources, aircraft manufacturing, and more.

Who should attend: Aircraft owners and prospective owners will be able to find anything they need for an airplane from gadgets and gear, to oil and anti-corrosives, lights, batteries, props, engines, flight bags, and other aircraft components. Local services such as paint shops, avionics shops, aircraft detailing will available to help pilots put a finishing touch on their aircraft. Looking to purchase an airplane? Owners can meet with aircraft financiers, insurers, and aircraft manufacturers and dealers on-site as well.

Several leading aviation companies are already on-board as event sponsors, including Aircraft Spruce, AssuredPartners Aerospace, Breitling, Genesys Aerosystems, Hartzell Engine Technologies, Hartzell Propeller, Jeppesen, and Superior Air Parts. Indoor exhibit space and outdoor aircraft display spots are limited.

To be sure we are in alignment with current CDC guidelines at the time of the event, AOPA will open registration for each event approximately 12 weeks prior. Attendance will be limited according to CDC restrictions, and advance registration is required. Registration information will be available through AOPA’s website. Tickets to the event are $20. Food service will be available on site.

Indoor exhibit space and outdoor aircraft display spots are limited. For those aviation companies looking for the opportunity to showcase their products and services to aircraft owners and pilots, please contact [email protected].

Special note: AOPA continues to monitor the nation's response and recovery from the pandemic, and believes that once conditions improve enough, we will look to conduct two AOPA Pilot Gathering Air Tours in the fall. Exact dates and locations will be announced at a later date.

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