AOPA Expo 2008

Are you an aircraft enthusiast living in or near San Jose, California? If you are, you probably wouldn’t want to miss out on this year’s AOPA Expo. This informative expo will highlight a number of new trends and events in the aviation industry and help you to explore new horizons in a field you already no doubt have a lot of passion for.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Expo will get underway on Thursday, November 6, with a hard-hitting discussion about the November 4th generally elections. The discussion will take place amongst several aviation insiders from Washington D.C. and will focus mainly on what the results will mean for aviation in general. It will take place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in Ballroom A and will see the likes of Jane Garvey, Steve Alterman, James Coyne, and General Ken Mead take the panel.

The same location will play host to Friday’s general session which will focus on current activities at AOPA as well as cast a light on activities that the association has taken part in since the expo took place last year in Hartford, Connecticut. Those in attendance will learn about the status of the FAA Funding/User Fee battle as well as a number of other key aviation issues that are being discussed by local communities, statehouses and Congress. One of the highlights of the day will no doubt be getting the chance to look at new products and services that are being designed to enhance the general flying experience. The Air Safety Foundation will also be revealing more about their efforts to improve safety by providing training and educational programs.

On Saturday Ballroom A will be the location of the general session entitled: “Tomorrow”: AOPA’s Vision for the Future. The focus will be on the services, opportunities and general aviation issues that AOPA has been looking into and which will affect everyone in the industry over the course of the next decade.

There will also be a variety of social events taking place during the course of the expo. All social events are by ticket only and are sometimes sold out in advance so it is wise to get your ticket early. The Opening Luncheon will feature guest speaker Paul Poberezny, the founder and chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) who will take you on a trip down memory lane. The Welcome Reception, which will take place on Thursday night at the San Jose Ballroom (San Jose Marriott), will also be a treat, while the Friday Night Party at the Tech Museum of Innovation should simply not be missed. The Closing Banquet taking place on Saturday will feature delicious food, fun and entertainment and usually makes for the perfect ending to an enjoyable and informative airplane orientated weekend. So make sure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity!