The Kansas Aviation Expo is celebrating its inaugural event this year at the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita, Kansas – “Where the state capital meets the Air Capital!”
The KAE is an event like no other, with various facets of the aviation industry meeting to discuss the current climate and challenges of the industry, and then developing strategies to leverage resources and join forces to work towards a brighter future.
This event is made possible by the collaborative efforts of several industry stakeholders, and under the leadership of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation and the Kansas Commission on Aerospace Education.
From the press release about Aviation Appreciation Month:
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation Aug. 23 declaring September as Aviation Appreciation Month. The proclamation celebrates Kansas’ aviation history and recognizes the inaugural Kansas Aviation Expo that takes place at the National Center for Aviation Training from Sept. 26 to 27.
Kansas is home to one of only five aviation clusters in the world, the air capital of the world and is often considered the birthplace of general aviation. That rich aviation history began in September 1911 when Albin K. Longren was the first Kansan to fly a Kansas made aircraft.
September is also the month when the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation, in conjunction with several industry partners, will host the first-ever Kansas Aviation Expo.
On Wednesday, Sept. 25, Jesse R. Romo, acting director of KDOT Aviation, will present the governor’s proclamation to the Wichita Aero Club at their luncheon, which features Selena Shilad from the Alliance for Aviation Across America.
“We’re excited to present this proclamation that recognizes aviation as a major contributor to our economy and state’s history, and to launch a new tradition in celebrating our industry through the Kansas Aviation Expo,” Romo said.
Scott Ernest, the CEO of Cessna, will be the featured speaker on Thursday, Sept. 26, during a takeoff event for the Kansas Aviation Expo.
That event will be followed by a day filled with business sessions that are designed to appeal to the wide interest of aviation stakeholders and will include guest speakers from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Weather Service and many more.
You can see the a PDF view of the proclamation HERE.
You can find out more about the KS Aviation Expo HERE.