Northwest Aviation Conference

The Washington Aviation Association (WAA) began in 1938 with a casual group of aviation companies. Ten years later the WAA officially became a non-profit corporation. A major part of the WAA is sponsoring the annual Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show that in 2007 will be going into its 24th year.

More than 12,500 people are expected to attend the 2007 show, more than 80% of whom are pilots, and a little over half are airplane owners. Visitors will have the opportunity to attend numerous safety seminars and exhibits in the 122,000 square foot exhibition hall. Previous exhibitors have included Cirrus Design, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Microsoft Flight Simulator, the FAA, and the Ninety-Nines Inc.

The conference presenters for 2007 include two AOPA Air Safety Foundation presentations: Emergency Procedures and Do the Right Thing: Decision Making for Pilots. Noted bush pilot Lori MacNichol will present Mountain Flying Proficiency and Safety. Another guest speaker will be Rich Stowell who is a master CFI-Aerobatic pilot and expert in emergency maneuvers, aerobatics, tail-wheel training, and spin recovery will also speak. There will be many others as well, including representatives from the National Weather Service. Phil Boyer, President of AOPA, will speak on important issues such as minimizing costs associated with flying, aviation security, and future goals of AOPA.

The Members of the Washington Aviation Association will hold the 2007 Aviation Hall of Fame Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 24 to honor those individuals and businesses that have made significant contributions to aviation in the Northwest. It will be hosted by the WAA and aviation humorist Rod Machado will speak. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

For more details, visit the Web site for Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show at You can reach the Washington Aviation Association by calling 866-WAA-SHOW or faxing them at 360-868-2211. For questions about the trade show, call Rachel Hansen the Trade Show Coordinator. Her number is 866-922-7469 or 360-427-5599 when calling from the Washington area. The fax number is 360-868-2211. She can also be reached by email at [email protected]

The next Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show event will be held in the Exhibition and Conference Center, Blue Gate at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup Washington and is scheduled for February 24-25, 2007 (Saturday and Sunday).