Arnold Palmer Regional Airport to Host 2022 Pa. Aviation Conference on Airport Grounds

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After four decades, the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania will hold its annual conference at an airport for the first time.

Arnold Palmer Regional Airport will host the 42nd conference, which begins Sunday and ends Tuesday.

Unity Township Airport has previously hosted the conference, but not on the airport grounds. The conference is usually held at hotels across the state, according to ACP event organizer Mary Bethea.

“Since covid, we haven’t had a great chance of having as full an experience as we are this go-around,” Bethea said. “Hosting the event at the airport lends itself to a unique experience for everyone.”

The theme of this year’s conference is equipment. Participants are encouraged to bring any airport equipment that paints, cuts, grows, disinfects, lights or shines.

The first day of the conference will include a golf tournament, reception and silent auction dinner at the Latrobe County Club. Proceeds from these events will benefit the Pennsylvania Aviation Foundation Scholarship Program.

The activities for the next two days will take place at the airport. On Monday and Tuesday, various speaker sessions will cover topics such as the aviation workforce, sustainability, the economic impact of aviation, the availability of airport grant funds, and technology.

Also, on Monday, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a pig roast at 5 p.m. and watch a nighttime traffic lane paving project at 10 p.m.

Bethea expects at least 150 people to attend the conference, which is open to everyone in the aviation industry, including flight school attendees, commercial operators, engineers and aircraft enthusiasts. aviation.

The conference will give attendees the opportunity to connect with local decision makers, Bethea added. Among the lawmakers scheduled to attend are state Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward and Senate Aviation Caucus Chairman Devlin Robinson.

Westmoreland County Airport Authority Executive Director and CPA President Gabe Monzo looks forward to speaking with other aviation leaders and legislators.

“It puts us in a place where we can speak with our legislators and government officials with one resounding voice,” Monzo said.

Those interested in attending can find registration information and a schedule of events on the ACP website.

Maddie Aiken is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Maddie by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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