The events, scheduled for August 27 in Manassas and October 1 in Fort Worth, will feature aircraft sales displays, technology-related seminars, and an exhibit hall with product displays.
“The AOPA Aviator Showcase events are designed to provide pilots and aircraft owners with the opportunity to see and learn about the aviation industry’s vast array of products, services, aircraft, and equipment,” said Chris Eads, AOPA senior director of outreach and events. “Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders in avionics and cockpit technology, flight planning, weather resources, aircraft manufacturing, and more.”
Aircraft owners and potential buyers will find the showcases particularly helpful, with products such as oil and anti-corrosives, lights, batteries, propellers, engines, and other aircraft accessories. Local paint shops, avionics shops, and aircraft detailing businesses will be available at each event as well. In addition, pilots can talk to aircraft lenders, insurers, and aircraft manufacturers and dealers. AOPA has worked to ensure the events align with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Advance registration is required. Tickets cost $20, and food service will be available at each showcase.
Special thanks to Platinum event sponsors Aircraft Spruce, Columbia Aircraft Sales, ForeFlight, Hartzell Engine Technologies, Hartzell Propeller, Jeppesen, Pilatus, SiriusXM Aviation, and Superior Air Parts.; and to Gold sponsors Breitling, AssuredPartners Aerospace, ATP Flight School, Genesys Aerosystems, Western Skyways, and Skytech.
By Alyssa J. Cobb
AOPA and the AOPA Air Safety Institute were recognized for their news and educational media during the virtual forty-first AM&P Network Association Council Excel Awards hosted by Association Media and Publishing.
The awards “are the largest and most prestigious program recognizing excellence and leadership in association media, publishing, marketing and communication,” among nonprofit and for-profit associations, according to Association Media and Publishing parent organization, Software & Information Industry.
AOPA Live earned a Gold Excel Award for its Arsenal of Democracy 2020 video that showcased the last two Boeing B–29 Superfortresses still flying joining up with other warbirds for an aerial parade in remembrance of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of World War II. The April 2020 cover photo of AOPA Pilot featuring a sunrise-lit seaplane in a remote area of Quebec province by Chris Rose won a bronze award for best cover photography. AOPA’s “Coronavirus impact on GA” microsite earned a bronze award in the new pandemic response microsite category.
The AOPA Air Safety Institute swept the educational video category, earning a gold for Accident Case Study: Lake Renegade, which examines a fatal 2017 accident at the Oshkosh seaplane base when a pilot tried to take off on high waves; a silver for Real Pilot Story: Pressure Over the Atlantic, which details how a ferry pilot flying solo over the North Atlantic discovered a serious issue with his auxiliary fuel tank and found a solution and survived; and a bronze for Reality Check: What are the Costliest Insurance Claims?, which looks at the types of claims that can drive up insurance rates and provides tips on how pilots can be part of the solution to reducing the cost of aviation insurance. In addition, the institute’s digital CFI to CFI newsletter won a silver award for general excellence in the newsletters category.
Lawrence Ragan Communications, a leading Chicago-based communications training company, recognized AOPA Senior Manager of Media Relations and Public Affairs Jennifer Non with its Top Women in Communications Award for her reporting on diversity and inclusion in general aviation.
AOPA Pilot contributor Katie Writer’s feature “Witness to Change” placed third in the category of best magazine feature in the 2020 awards from the Alaska Press Club.
The September double issue of Air & Space magazine, a publication of the Smithsonian Institution, features special reports dedicated to general aviation. AOPA Pilot Senior Photographer Chris Rose shot the XtremeAir XA42 that is on the cover—and that’s AOPA Web Editor Jim Moore in the cockpit.