First there were the PAMA meetings that were primarily regional in nature, sponsored in most part by local chapters, such as Houston's meetings in the mid '80s. NATA had its own successful convention, holding it annually in various parts of the country such as Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Kansas City, MO. In the late '8Os PAMA national was able to convince the chapters that there was a need for a national convention. I believe the first was held in either St. Louis or Philadelphia.
Director’s Viewpoint Aviation Industry Expo T his month the Aviation Cygnus recognized that AS3 was Industry Expo (AIE) will complementary to several of its host technicians from publications and approached the around the country in Las Vegas. group with an offer to manage Hopefully we will see many of you the meeting and put it under its there despite these difficult eco- professional show team. nomic times. AIE is a growing, strong, well- This event has a unique history. received, and financed show. It Here is a brief account. is the foremost trade show for First there were the annual Nick Sergi, aircraft technicians meeting the PAMA meetings that were primarily Director of Content needs of general, business, and regional in nature, sponsored in most military aviation plus those main- part by local chapters, such as Houston’s tenance personnel working for the air car- meetings in the mid ’80s. NATA had its own riers. Currently it draws up to 6,000 partici- successful convention, holding it annu- pants from all over the world, proffers 400 ally in various parts of the country such as different exhibits, presents a multitude of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Kansas City, MO. seminars to aviation maintenance and man- In the late ‘80s PAMA national was able to agement personnel, and enables technicians convince the chapters that there was a need to renew their IAs. It includes a maintenance for a national convention. I believe the first skills competition, a career center for those was held in either St. Louis or Philadelphia. looking for workers and/or employment, a The PAMA national was slow to grow until demonstration area for exhibitors to demo a dedicated group of volunteers took the their products to potential buyers, and a meeting to new heights in attendance and “green pavilion” where a showcase of green revenue in the mid ‘90s, contributing in products and services will be displayed to excess of $400,000 to the treasury with just help attendees make environmentally smart two shows. decisions in this growing area of greater reg- It was then that NATA approached PAMA ulation. It also offers the opportunity to rub about combining their shows and AS3 was shoulders with fellow technicians in a social formed. Each agreed a merger of the respec- setting. That’s a lot for just a couple of day
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