by Cassandra Isackson
Director, Minnesota DOT Office of Aeronautics
Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2019 issue
September is almost here and we are excited to host the annual national convention of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO). The 88th annual convention and tradeshow will commence Saturday, September 7 and run through Wednesday, September 11, 2019. The conference will cover many of the current issues that will be impacting aviation nationally.
The NASAO Conference will be attended by nearly 250 aviation professionals, decision-makers, and influencers from across the nation, and more than 35 exhibitor/vendors. It will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Saint Paul Riverfront, in St. Paul, Minnesota. This location is literally a block from the Mississippi River on St. Paul’s famous bluff.
The Intercontinental Hotel is also within comfortable walking distances to fabulous dining, unique museums, specialty shopping, live theatre, and some of Minnesota’s famous parks and trail systems.
Though much work will be accomplished during the NASAO Conference, we’ve built in time to showcase Minnesota and add a ‘fun/relaxation’ component for the attendees and their families. The conference will conclude with an awards banquet Tuesday evening, but the learning and fun continues through the day Wednesday, culminating with a tour of the amazing 3M Innovation Center.
This year, the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), will also hold its 2019 General Aviation Conference, September 8-10, 2019, at the Hilton Minneapolis Downtown, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This annual gathering of industry stakeholders focuses on the most challenging issues facing general aviation today and analyzing current trends to help airports better prepare for the road ahead.
Both conferences – NASAO and AAAE – will be packed with exceptional content. There will also be many opportunities for valuable networking and sharing of innovative training techniques. Registration links for both events are shown below.
Please consider joining us at these special events. You may register for the NASAO Conference at: https://nasao.org/page/upcoming-conferences. Please direct your questions to Tracy MacDonald at 202-868-6753.
You may register for the AAAE GA Conference at https://aaae.org/GeneralAviationConference. Register online now or complete a registration form and email it to AAAEmeetings@aaae.org or fax to +1 703-797-9018.