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One of Aviation’s Biggest Conventions is Coming Back In 2021


With 63 years of shaping the future of avionics under their belt, the AEA International Convention & Trade Show was forced to cancel their 2020 event. Like many other event hosts, AEA initially planned to postpone, however, COVID-19 took its toll and unfortunately forced the show to be canceled altogether.

The AEA President and CEO stated, “There are even more critical decisions awaiting all of us. As business owners and industry leaders, I encourage each of you to put the health and well-being of your staff, customers, and families at the forefront of your decision-making process. This will no doubt create questions, and we ask for your patience in advance as we sort through this process and continue to provide our valuable benefits and services.” The show proceeded to process refunds to all registered attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors.

A Secured 2021 DateWhile AEA did it’s best to reroute and gear its efforts toward a March 2021 show, the trade show again postponed to a new date, set to take place June 22-25 of 2021 in Dallas, Texas. The 64th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show is now open for early-bird registration, giving attendees and exhibitors hope for a strong return.

Plans for SafetyThe AEA trade show will take place at Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, which clearly conveys their high standards for meetings and events. Hilton’s EventReady promise is part of their CleanStay efforts to address safe group travel while evolving the average event experience. The EventReady program addresses every touchpoint of the meeting experience.

Hilton’s Safety EffortsUnderstanding the importance of flexibility, Hilton will work hand-in-hand with you to align on shared event objectives, providing flexible pricing, space options, contract terms, and the Hilton EventReady Playbook, which delivers expert guidance and curated resources for solutions.

AEA’s Safety EffortsAEA is clear about their efforts to ‘convene with confidence.’ As the avionics industry comes together again, all in attendance can be reassured that proven health guidelines and safety protocols will be in place to protect them.

AEA’s website discusses their partnership with Hilton to ensure proper safety measures and protocols are taken in accordance with CDC and local government guidelines. The CleanStay program ensures enhanced training for team members, increased cleaning, and adjusted food and beverage service. Hilton has also partnered with the makers of Lysol and Dettol to help deliver an even cleaner stay for guests.

In addition to their partnership with Hilton during the event, the AEA will continue monitoring the COVID-19 situation as the event arrives.

Who Should attend?The return of this aviation-based in-person event is a huge opportunity for manufacturers, distributors, technicians, and business leaders to reconnect and shape the future of avionics.

AEA (Aircraft Electronics Association) International Convention & Trade Show is the largest gathering in the world for the avionics industry with the event’s primary focus on providing avionics professionals with educational and marketing opportunities. It provides a unique platform to introduce new avionics products and services to the marketplace.

Companies with offerings for the general aviation industry have access to reaching hundreds of current and potential dealers at this one event. Exhibitors have the opportunity to contact new prospects and generate leads, promote their company’s image, maximize market exposure, discuss the needs of customers face-to-face, and launch new products and services at the dealer level. For those in the industry seeking to grow their business, train their technicians, and meet with their dealer network, the AEA Convention is a must.

Hopeful for the FutureAs a member of the trade show community, Skyline Exhibits finds it so great to see that one of the largest gatherings of aviation manufacturers and distributors is committed to coming back together. This gives us hope for the future of trade shows and that even the largest events will be able to continue safely. Although the world is highly focused on everything digital including social media, text, email, and webinars, there’s truly no replacement for a group of people in an industry coming together to speak, learn and grow face-to-face.


About the Author

In her experience at Skyline's corporate office in St. Paul, Minnesota, Briquelle Neyens immersed herself in trade show research and the ins and outs of exhibit sales firsthand. She also engaged with Skyline's wide-array of products and services from an insider's perspective. Her blogs portray her expertise on what it takes to be a successful trade show marketer. She enjoys generating information that will help all trade show marketers in their decisions to become successful on the trade show floor.

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