LEE'S SUMMIT, MO., Jan. 8, 2013 -- The Aircraft Electronics Association invites all members of the aviation media to register for media credentials to cover the 56th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, which will convene in Las Vegas, Nev., March 25-28, 2013, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Convention Center.
Media credentials allow access to the ever-popular new product introductions, all regulatory round-table discussions, general sessions, AEA Fast Traks and technical training professional development classes, the AEA Exhibit Hall and the AEA Media Luncheon on Tuesday, March 26, sponsored by Aspen Avionics and Sporty's Pilot Shop. Media credentials do not include tickets to AEA-hosted social functions, which can be purchased separately from the AEA.
When completing the registration form online, simply check the box for "Press" to request a complimentary registration. Members of the media should complete the request online no later than Tuesday, March 5. After that date, all registrations must be handled on-site at the AEA Registration Desk located at the MGM Grand Hotel & Convention Center.
After registering online, a confirmation will be sent to you. Media credentials will not be mailed prior to the convention; they can be picked up at the AEA Registration Desk at the MGM Grand Hotel & Convention Center. Please provide a business card when picking up media credentials. These credentials are required for entrance into the AEA Press Headquarters and all other convention activities. Sponsored by Aspen Avionics and Sporty's Pilot Shop, the AEA Press Headquarters will have computers, Internet connections, refreshments and staff available to assist you.
Members of the media should make their hotel reservations directly with the MGM Grand Hotel & Convention Center, which will serve as the headquarters hotel for the AEA Convention. To guarantee the special AEA room rate of $140 per night, reservations must be made no later than Thursday, Feb. 21. The AEA encourages all attendees to make hotel reservations well in advance, as this year's event takes place during the traditional spring break season and the college basketball championships. To make a hotel reservation, click here or call 800-929-9411.
For continuous AEA Convention updates and schedule of events, visit www.aea.net/convention.
AEA Press Headquarters Hours of Operation
Monday, March 25 -- Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26 -- 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27 -- 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 28 -- 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
AEA Media Luncheon
Tuesday, March 26 -- Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Featuring more than 75 hours of avionics technical training courses and an exhibit hall bursting with new avionics technologies in 2013, the AEA International Convention & Trade Show is the preeminent venue dedicated solely to the general aviation avionics industry. Not open to the public, this event's primary focus is providing avionics professionals with educational and marketing opportunities, as well as training and networking among equipment manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations. The event is the platform of choice for the introduction of new avionics products coming to market in 2013.
Some of the highlights of the four-day event include:
- The introduction of several new avionics products and systems.
- More than 75 hours of regulatory, technical and business management training and professional development.
- An Exhibit Hall filled with the latest avionics technologies and more than 135 exhibitors.
- The latest regulatory updates with international agency personnel.
- More than $100,000 in scholarships awarded to avionics and aviation maintenance students.
- Recognition of the 2013 AEA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
- Recognition of the 2013 AEA Member of the Year Award recipient.
- Recognition of the 2013 AEA Associate Member of the Year Award recipient.
- Dealer discounts offered from manufacturers as part of the AEA Show Specials.
- Unique social events and networking opportunities with industry colleagues.
- 32nd Lowell Gaylor Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the AEA Educational Foundation.
In addition, the AEA Educational Foundation, in partnership with the National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies (NCATT), will offer registered attendees free Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification and endorsement exams. Attendees may test their knowledge in achieving the NCATT's highly regarded avionics technician certification. This $100 value is only available through the AEA at the convention.
"The AEA is thrilled to be in Las Vegas for our 56th International Convention & Trade Show," said Paula Derks, AEA president. "Our attendees will have the opportunity to network with their industry peers and keep up-to-date with industry trends by seeing new products with the major suppliers under one roof. In this new world of social media, text messaging, emailing and webinars, one thing remains constant: Our attendees still want to see, touch and talk product face-to-face."
The official Twitter hashtag for the AEA Convention is #AEA13.
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Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association represents nearly 1,300 member companies in more than 40 countries, including government-certified international repair stations specializing in maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. The AEA membership also includes manufacturers of avionics equipment, instrument repair facilities, instrument manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers, major distributors, engineers and educational institutions.