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February 20 & 21 | Showplex Exhibit Hall Puyallup, WA

PUYALLUP, WA Over three decades strong, the much anticipated 2016 Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show is slated for Feb. 20-21 in Puyallup, Wash. Each year more than 12,000 aviation enthusiasts and their families flock to the Washington State Fairgrounds to experience everything aviation in the Northwest.

Know a student considering an aviation career? Transitioning a civilian aviation career? Want to network with airline HR teams? Career participants are invited to arrive a day early to attend the 4th Annual NW Aviation Career Forum on Friday, Feb. 19.

The event allows participants to follow tracks based upon their interest in aviation. Students from local schools and colleges benefit from presentations on education and financing options as well as panels featuring candid discussions with aviation professionals. The military track has proved to be a valuable resource for local transitioning aviators. “In 2015 we had over 500 attendees,” said Rachel Hansen, event organizer. “There were 97 high school students with their classes or parents, 75 mechanics, and the rest were from the military and current or prospective airline pilots. We are expecting even more in 2016.”

The airline track has gained popularity with support from Alaska Airlines. “We love this event,” remarked John Hornibrook, chief pilot with Alaska, “you can count on us 100% in 2016.” This year registered attendees meeting one-on-one with various airlines will be able to receive text messages when their turn is available so individuals can participate in forum rather than hold their place in line. The Forum sessions run from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Showplex and feature over forty information tables from exhibitors. This event is only open to pre-registered attendees. Register online, cost is $35.00 and includes a buffet lunch as well as admission to the NW Aviation Conference Saturday and Sunday.

With over seventy-five hours of seminars over the weekend, there is plenty to choose from. Safety seminars will cover many facets of the industry including helicopters, seaplanes, mountain and canyon flying, weather training, and navigation software, as well as presentations from the FAA and the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. An event highlight is the return of Lori MacNichol, to conduct an advanced installment of her much anticipated Mountain and Canyon Flying Workshop. Part II builds upon skills introduced in the 2015 Workshop.

National industry and government experts will be presenting at the FAA approved maintenance seminars over the weekend. Attending mechanics earn credits toward renewal of their certificates. This certificate not only provides documentation to meet FAA requirements but provides a record which you may wish to submit when you apply for or renew your aircraft insurance. The certificate is provided on site at the end of eight hours training.

Not to be overlooked is the expansive 122,000 square footage of exhibit area. Apart from sixteen packed rows of booths featuring everything aviation – the conference will host museum and aircraft displays; a hand’s on Kids Flight Zone hosted by volunteers at Pearson Field Education Center; as well as a maintenance competition coordinated by area colleges and technical schools.
The Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show is hosted by the Washington Aviation Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of aviation businesses in the Northwest. The event is made possible in by the outstanding support of the following aviation leaders: ASA - Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc., Ace Aviation, Alaska Airlines, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, AOPA, Avemco, Charter College Aviation, Embry Riddle Aeronatical College, General Aviation News, King County Airport, Lear Chemicals Research Corporation (ACF50), Pacific Coast Avionics, Seaplane Pilots Association, SIM Flight Center, Spencer Aircraft, Trade-A-Plane, Wipaire and Wings Financial Credit Union.

The 33rd Annual Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show will be held Feb. 20-21 in the Showplex exhibit hall at the Blue Gate of the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup. Hours are 9 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm Sunday. Admission is $5. Kids 17 and under are welcome to attend at no charge. Parking is free in the Blue Lot. Fly-in attendees can land at the Pierce County Airport with free shuttles to the event courtesy of Spencer Aircraft. Additional information on the event including schedules, booth and workshop and forum registration and be found at www.washington-aviation.org or call Rachel Hansen, event coordinator, at 866-922-7469.

Interested in participating?

General admission for the Conference & Trade Show is $5.00. Students 16 and under FREE. Parking FREE. Some Workshops and special events have additional fees. Visit the Conference page for details, schedule and registration or contact Rachel toll free at 866-922-7469. To get regular updates, visit the AVIATIONSHOW on Facebook.

Display booths are available for aviation related exhibitors. The cost for a 10X10 space is $575 and includes table, two chairs, power and two vendor admission passes. Visit the exhibits section for availability and details or call toll free, 866-922-7469.