AMTSociety to Sponsor Aviation Industry Expo

Burnsville, MN (August 7, 2007) – Cygnus Expositions, the tradeshow division of business-to-business media leader Cygnus Business Media, announced today that AMTSociety will sponsor the 11th annual Aviation Industry Expo, to be held March 18-20, 2008 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

AMTSociety, a rapidly growing organization for the aviation maintenance community, will drive the educational content offered to maintenance professionals attending Aviation Industry Expo. In partnership with organizations such as Embry-Riddle and the National Center for Aircraft Technician Training (NCATT), attendees can participate in IA renewal sessions, skills competition and various social activities. Other partnerships are developing to further enhance the maintenance offerings at Aviation Industry Expo, including professional development and maintenance management coursework under the direction of the National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) Maintenance Committee.

Additionally, AMTSociety will hold it’s first-ever Annual Meeting in concurrence with Aviation Industry Expo. “AMTSociety is honored to hold our first Annual Meeting at this prestigious tradeshow,” said Tom Hendershot, AMTSociety Executive Director. “The Annual Meeting promises to be the premier maintenance event in 2008. We are currently planning in earnest with several partner industry groups. We’re excited to step up our role in this ‘must-attend’ event for ALL maintenance professionals!”

Hendershot, former Quality Manager and “FAA Aircraft Mechanic of the Year 2003”, was brought on in January 2007 as Executive Director of AMTSociety. In less than a year, under Hendershot’s leadership, AMTSociety has doubled its membership. Hendershot has recruited industry leaders as Board of Directors and is initiating an “IA Renewal Roadshow” beginning in 2008.

Group Show Director Jill Ryan adds, “We are delighted to welcome the AMTSociety to this pivotal role in Aviation Industry Expo. An enthusiastic advocate of the maintenance community, the Society plays an essential part in the aviation industry. This strategic new direction will strengthen the maintenance segment of Aviation Industry Expo and better serve the needs of our customers, both exhibitors and attendees.”

AMTSociety was launched in 2005 as an affinity group aimed at leveraging the strength of its audience for the purpose of sharing resources and offering benefits. These included advertiser benefits from the magazine Aircraft Maintenance Technology and educational opportunities like discounted seminars and courses. In 2006, AMTSociety converted to a full feature association to better service its rapidly growing membership.

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