There was a threat of thunderstorms later in the day, but that did not deter the more than 500 visitors, 50 exhibitors, and 45 companies eager to join their fellow aviation enthusiasts at the first AOPA Aviator Showcase in Manassas, Virginia, which took place at the end of August.
The AOPA Aviator Showcase is a single-day consumer-focused event designed to connect pilots and aircraft owners to the general aviation industry. The high-quality, in-person buying experience with the industry’s leading experts is one of two events planned this year; the first at Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) at host Chantilly Air Jet Center, the second on October 1 in Fort Worth, Texas, at Fort Worth Alliance Airport (AFW).
“All the exhibitors were very pleased with the attendees and their focused interest in their products and services,” said Chris Eads, senior director of AOPA Outreach and Events. “Attendees were highly engaged, the Chantilly Air Jet Center was an incredible host, and the airport staff and tenants were super supportive.”
Chantilly Air Jet Center hosted the exhibitors in its gleaming, handsome hangar. Companies ranged from Duncan Aviation—the superstore of aircraft refurbishment—to Mission Aviation Fellowship—the granddaddy of public benefit flying. Large and small companies were represented including Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, David Clark, Spencer Aircraft Supply, Bell, and Jeppesen.
Presentations with industry leaders in avionics and cockpit technology, flight planning and weather resources, and aircraft manufacturing drew many participants. Presenters included Aero-Space Reports, AOPA Finance, AOPA Legal Services, AssuredPartners Aerospace, ForeFlight, Genesys Aerosystems, Hartzell Engine Technologies, Hartzell Propeller, Jeppesen, Pilatus Aircraft, and SiriusXM Aviation.