|Reprint from the “July 2013 Reporting Points from the Salina Airport Authority” electronic newsletter|
|The Kansas Commission on Aerospace Education is proud to announce its partnership with the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation to bring forth the first-ever Kansas Aviation Expo event. “Where the state capital meets the air capital” is the theme as KDOT Aviation leads a team of industry stakeholders towards a common goal – to promote aviation in the state of Kansas.”Kansas is home to one of only five aerospace clusters in the world, yet we don’t have a singular event for industry leaders to gather,” said Brian Youngers, KCAE President. “Several states across the union have similar events to demonstrate and celebrate the role aviation plays in their economy and community and now it’s time for Kansas to have one as well.”This year’s event will gather some of the great partners from across the aviation family and include guest speakers from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Aviation Workforce Development Group, National Weather Service, United States Department of Agriculture (Wildlife), Kansas State Salina, Kansas Association of Airports, Federal Aviation Administration and many more.”We can’t think of a better location to host an event to highlight the aviation industry in Kansas than the National Center for Aviation Training,” said Jesse R. Romo, Acting Director of Aviation at KDOT.
“Support for this event has been tremendous and we couldn’t be happier to see it all come to fruition, but the hard work isn’t over, yet. This is just the beginning of the marketing campaign. We have some great speakers, like Paul Bowen, and tremendous partners like AOPA coming to this event, but we also need the aviation community from across the state to help make this event spectacular.”
The Kansas Aviation Expo is an opportunity for various facets of the aviation industry to discuss the current climate and then strategize how to leverage resources and join forces towards a brighter tomorrow. It’s an opportunity for the Kansas aviation family to gather and for the community at large to celebrate our rich aviation history. Concurrent sessions will include discussions on airports, aviation fuel taxes, diversity matters, air traffic control, weather, wildlife, insurance, flight clubs and more.
The Kansas Aviation Expo will take place on the Friday leading up to the Wichita Flight Festival, which will also take place at Jabara Airport. For more information on hotel and event registration, you can go to the KCAE website at www.ksaeroeducation.com or visit the event Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KansasAviationExpo, or contact Jesse R. Romo at 785-296-2553 or email [email protected].