American Association of Airport Executives General Aviation Issues Conference has become a staple in the GA airport community since its inception in 2006. The concept for a solely general aviation conference was brought to life with the help of Robert Olislagers, A.A.E., Executive Director of Centennial Airport in Denver, Colorado, along with Paul Meyers and Jeff Kohlman, Principals at Aviation Management Consulting Group also located in Denver, who hosted the fist conference at Centennial. The conference quickly gained support from AOPA, GAMA, NBAA, NATA, and NASAO and attracted over 100 aviation professionals. Since Denver, the event has taken place in Naples, Florida in 2007 and Van Nuys, California in 2008.
The 2009 conference will be hosted by Addison Airport, located in the North Dallas, Texas, business district and will tackle current issues facing general aviation such as the economic downturn, environmental initiatives, TSA proposed Large Aircraft Security Program, as well as runway safety challenges. Additionally, conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear from AAAE, AOPA, GAMA, NBAA, NATA, and NASAO representatives on the initiatives they are pursuing from inside the Washington, DC beltway, as part of an industry roundtable.
This year one conference attendee will have the opportunity to fly into the sunset in a beautiful N2S-4 Stearman as part of the evening event at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, hosted by Addison Airport. In order to be eligible for the drawing registration for the conference must be received by April 3, 2009.