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Preparations underway for the 17th annual Great Alaska Aviation Gathering

Anchorage, Alaska – Preparations are underway for the Alaska Airmen’s Association’s Great Alaska Aviation Gathering that will take place May 3-4. Alaska’s largest aviation tradeshow and premier event for flying enthusiasts, the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering will be held at the FedEx Maintenance Hangar at Anchorage’s Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and is free to the public.

This year, more than 275 exhibitors will showcase state-of-the-art aviation technology, new product and safety innovations, safety and more. Throughout the show, attendees are invited to visit more than 70 indoor and outdoor static displays of a wide range of aircrafts, including sport, general aviation, experimental, commercial, corporate and military. Booth and exhibit registration is ongoing while space is available. 

Each year, the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering features a long list of speaking presentations that touch on a variety of subjects, from current aviation legislation and new satellite tracking technology to bush flying and survival stories, among others. In addition to these topics, this year’s speaking presentations will focus on search and rescue as well as aviation advocacy roles. For the first time at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering, pilot Jessica Cox, the subject of the documentary film “Rightfooted” and an advocate for the disabled, will give an inspirational talk about being born without arms and the amazing skills she has developed using her feet. Other guest speakers will include Mark Baker, president of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association; Steve Brown, president of National Business Aircraft Association; Earl Weener, board member on the National Transportation Safety Board; and a long list of diverse, local Alaska speakers.

A detailed conference schedule is available at greatalaskaaviationgathering.org. Vendors and visitors interested in attending the conference with their families will find a range of activities and programs geared especially for kids.

“This tradeshow is the Alaska Airmen’s Association’s largest community outreach program, and it provides us an opportunity to educate the public about the crucial role aviation plays in the U.S. and in Alaska in particular, while forming new and maintaining existing relationships with fellow aviation specialists around the country,” said Dee Hanson, executive director of the Alaska Airmen's Association.

The Great Alaska Aviation Gathering has been running successfully for the past 16 years. Last year, the state celebrated its 100th anniversary of Alaska aviation, which began with the inaugural powered flight that took place in Fairbanks in 1913. Throughout the last century Alaska has grown to be the “most flying” state in the country, with more pilots and aircrafts per capita than any other state.

Visitors who purchase a raffle ticket will have a chance to get their name drawn to win a newly refurbished PA-18 160HP Super Cub on 35” Alaskan Bushwheels and Airglas Skis from Dan’s Aircraft Repair. There are only 8,000 tickets available, so participants are urged to purchase them early on.

The Great Alaska Aviation Gathering would not be possible without the support of such generous sponsors as: FedEx Express, UPS, Alaska Cargo Port, Shaman, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, National Business Aviation Association, Mirror Studios, Sprocket Heads, Denali Brewing Company, Airline Support, Porcaro Communications, Lynxs Management and Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.

For more information about the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering and details on discounted airfare, hotel and rental car rates for exhibitors and attendees, visit www.greatalaskaaviationgathering.org.

About the Alaska Airmen’s Association
The Alaska Airmen’s Association is the largest state general aviation group in Alaska. A non-profit 501(c)3 organization, the Alaska Airmen’s Association’s sole purpose is promoting and preserving aviation in Alaska. Established in 1951 as an Alaska corporation, the Alaska Airmen’s Association is led by a volunteer board of directors, 10 of which are elected by the membership and four appointed regional directors. The association currently has 2,500 members. More information about the Alaska Airmen’s Association is available at www.alaskaairmen.org.

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