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This is the 29th year the Michigan Airport Conference has been co-sponsored by the Michigan Association of Airport Executives (MAAE) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of Aeronautics. It is designed to provide airport sponsors, managers, consultants, and others interested in airport management practices the opportunity to meet in an open forum to share information and ideas. The conference also provides a versatile medium to inform attendees regarding changes and opportunities available to airport communities. Vendors have the opportunity to display new equipment, products and processes,while consultants can interact with attendees and explain their particular areas of interest.
Member: $200 (on or before Feb. 1st) or $225 (after Feb. 1st)
Non-Member: $250 (on or before Feb. 1st) or $275 (after Feb. 1st)
Student or Honorary Member: Free
Airport Intern: $100
Department of Aeronautics: Free (registration code required)
The Kellogg Hotel & Convention Center (800-875-5090) has reserved a block of rooms at a group rate of $118 double (plus applicable taxes). To qualify for this rate, you must mention you are attending the Michigan Airport Conference, group code 2002AIRPOR. The hotel will guarantee this rate through January 24, 2020. For online reservations: www.kelloggcenter.com.
The conference kicks off Wednesday morning with updates from the Federal Aviation Administration and Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics.
The morning sessions include guest speaker Cindy Hasselbring, Assistant Director, STEM Education White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, presenting on using aviation to build students’ STEM capacity, followed by a panel discussion on success stories from youth aviation programs across the state.
Our lunch keynote guest speaker is Babette Ten Haken, STEM Professional, presenting on building trust in the workforce. We will end the day with Office of Aeronautics staff discussing airport zoning, land use and obstruction mitigations, and new tools MDOT is employing to make better decisions.
General aviation and air carrier airport roundtables, which give attendees the opportunity to talk to others in their specific type of airport, will conclude the presentations. A reception with our exhibitors will end the day.
Thursday will offer information on general aviation airport maintenance on a budget, followed by a case study on the Grand Rapids terminal apron and airport growth. The presentations conclude with a new, Planning for the Future session.
The grand finale of the conference will be out most honored tradition of recognizing the Airport Sponsor of the Year and Consultant of the Year. These awards, and closing the conference in this way, celebrates our successes and encourages us to continue in the pursuit of excellence.
We remind you that this conference’s success depends on your participation and we look forward to seeing you there!
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020
7:30 Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 Welcome & Overview
8:45 Office of Aeronautics Update
9:00 Federal Aviation Administration Update
9:15 Utilizing Aviation to Build Students’ Capacity in STEM
10:15 Break with Exhibitors
10:45 Moving the Needle Success Stories of Aviation Education Across the State
12:00 Lunch & Speaker Babette Ten Haken
1:30 We all have Obstructions, but Good Data is not One
3:00 Break with Exhibitors
3:00 Roundtables (GA & Air Carrier)
4:30 Reception with Exhibitors
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020
8:00 Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 MAAE General Membership Meeting
9:00 General Aviation Maintenance on a Budget
9:45 Facilitating GRRrowth Under Construction
10:30 Final Break with Exhibitors
11:00 Planning for the Future
12:00 MDOT Office of Aeronautics Awards Luncheon
The conference display area offers your company an excellent opportunity to promote and exhibit your products and/or services to a large, diverse group of individuals involved in the varied aspects of aviation. Time with exhibitors is scheduled to encourage attendees to visit the exhibit area. The Legislative Reception with exhibitors has proven to be a positive tool in providing vendors an additional opportunity to meet and mingle with conference attendees. Please reference the exhibit booth layout and select three location preferences on the exhibitor registration form. Booths will be reserved based on availability and layout is subject to change. Exhibitors can set up Tuesday, February 18, from 5-10 p.m. and tear-down begins Thursday, February 20, at 11:00 am.
If you would like to exhibit at the conference click here and register as a Vendor.
DOOR PRIZES & SPONSORSHIPS
Door prizes have proven to be a great advertising medium. If you have items you would like to donate, we would certainly appreciate your participation. Make the most of your company’s investment by participating as a conference sponsor. Sponsors provide an invaluable service to MAAE by supporting the learning and networking opportunities of the association. As a sponsor, your company will receive special recognition in addition to the appreciation we normally bestow. If your company would like to sponsor, please check the appropriate level at time of registration.
Platinum-$2,000 * Gold-$1,500 * Silver-$1,000 * Bronze-$500
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