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The AEA International Convention in Las Vegas

Almost 2000 avionics manufacturers, representatives of service stations and other specialists from the field of general aviation took part in this year’s AEA convention in MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas. This annual convention is the biggest event gathering avionics manufacturers, distributors and certified repair stations from all over the world.

Aspen Avionics Cory Relling Robert Blaha

With our partners from Aspen Avionics - from the right: Cory Relling (AA), President Paweł Drabczyński, Krzysztof Sułkowski (Drabpol) and Robert Blaha (AA).

For our company it was a jubilee participation because we took part in the convention as a permanent member of the AEA Association for the 10th time. The annual conference is not only a meeting in the avionics circle but - above all - a series of trainings, presentations of avionics novelties, as well as an occasion to reward the people who are meritorious for the Association. This year, nearly 40 companies unveiled their new products and services, including our partners: Rockwell Collins, Bendix King, Honeywell, Garmin, Universal Avionics, Avidyne, Aspen Avionics and Mid Continent.

al Ingle

We were pleased to meet our longtime friend and mentor in the field of avionics – Mr. Al Ingle

AEA is also a trade show during which 135 exhibitors presented the latest technologies in the field of avionics. We had the pleasure to visit stands of our partners, as well as take part in marketing, commercial and technical training organized by them. In total, during the entire Convention, the organizers projected as many as 75 hours for technical trainings, and regulatory and business management discussions. The Convention has traditionally been opened by Paul Derks, President of the Aircraft Electronics Association. During her annual speech, Ms. Derks officially announced that she is retiring next year, after the conclusion of next year's convention in Palm Springs, California.Paula Derks was named the association's president in 1996. As every year, during the official ceremony of convention opening, meritorious AEA members were awarded distinctions.

Paula Derks, AEA President    
"I have stood at this podium every year for the last 22 years as the president of this Association. However, I have worked for this great organization since the day I graduated from college nearly 40 ago. As you may imagine the AEA is a huge part of my life. But it is not a work, AEA is my passion, of course, aside from my family and my faith.

I will retire in 12 months. This may seem unusual to announce 12 months out, but I want this succession to be as smooth as possible for the AEA. This will give the board enough time for a strategic search for the next president. Also for me it will be a time of summaries and proper preparation for handing over their governments to the new leadership."

Paula Derks
AEA President

2018 AEA Member of the Year: Efrain Lopez - the founder and owner of Georgetown Instrument Services Inc. and the owner of Castleberry Instruments & Avionics. 2018 AEA Associate Member of the Year: Genesys Aerosystems. Genesys Aerosystems brings together Chelton Flight Systems Inc. and S-TEC Corp. Genesys Aerosystems has been an active member of the AEA since 1980. This prize is annually granted as an outcome of dealers’ votes, and is dedicated to a manufacturer, distributor or service organization in recognition of exemplary service and support for the industry it serves.

Garmin Polska, awionikaBendixKing by Honeywell, awionikaUniversal Avionics Systems CorporationRockwell Collins PolskaASPEN Avionics PolskaMID Continent Instruments PolskaHoneywell, awionika, światowy koncern w branży lotniczej