Burnsville, MN (July 17, 2007) – Cygnus Expositions, the tradeshow division of business-to-business media leader Cygnus Business Media, welcomes humorist Ralph Hood as contributor to the newsletter of Aviation Industry Expo, March 18-20, 2008 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

From his monthly column in Airport Business (and its predecessor FBO, dating back to 1986) to his appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Ralph Hood has made his mark on the aviation industry.  Born and raised in coastal Georgia, Hood graduated from Clemson University then became a commercial pilot and aircraft salesman/sales manager in Alabama.  Today, he is a full-time professional speaker and award-winning writer. 

Currently, Hood is a current contributor to Airport Business Magazine, Flight Training Magazine, Convention South and Foundation for Economic Education. 

Starting September, Aviation Industry Expo exhibitors will receive monthly updates and insight from Aviation Industry Expo, featuring a column by Ralph Hood.  This column will also be posted on the web at

Aviation Industry Expo 2008 will be held March 18 – 20, 2008 at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas.  For more information about the 2008 Aviation Industry Expo, visit

Aviation Industry Expo is owned and produced by Cygnus Expositions and is part of the Cygnus Aviation & Transportation Group, which includes the leading industry publications Aircraft Maintenance Technology, Airport Business, and Ground Support Worldwide.  Cygnus Expositions is a division of business-to-business media leader Cygnus Business Media.

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