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2018 Northwest Conference & Trade Show

Unread postby KlausNW » Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:08 pm

Just got back from the 2018 NW AVIATION CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW. http://washington-aviation.org/ (outside Seattle, Washington)

Not much different then the previous year except less product vendors. The FAA agencies and airport managers took up the most booths with the various flight schools taking up many of the others. Pilot/Mechanic recruitment booths where very popular and of course all the alphabet organisations begging for new members.

The one thing that was real popular this year was walkers and wheelchairs. It was great to see so many legacy pilots getting out socializing and enjoying the event. I do believe I saw a couple people under 50 that weren't occupying a booth. The show rumor this year is..., AOPA is moving their wine/cigar club members over to the new Viagra club at no extra charge.

Not all same-same though, there is a younger group of Aviators on the move with a positive recruitment. Flights Above The Pacific North West (FATPNW) It's pronounced 'fat' P. N. W. https://www.facebook.com/FATPNW/. Here's the website that explaines what "Flights Above" is and how to start a facebook aviation community in your area. http://flightsabove.org/about/. Unfortunately, by my choice, I'm not a member because my lack of a facebook account.
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Re: 2018 Northwest Conference & Trade Show

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:15 pm

KlausNW wrote:Just got back from the 2018 NW AVIATION CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW. http://washington-aviation.org/ (outside Seattle, Washington)

Not much different then the previous year except less product vendors. The FAA agencies and airport managers took up the most booths with the various flight schools taking up many of the others. Pilot/Mechanic recruitment booths where very popular and of course all the alphabet organisations begging for new members.

The one thing that was real popular this year was walkers and wheelchairs. It was great to see so many legacy pilots getting out socializing and enjoying the event. I do believe I saw a couple people under 50 that weren't occupying a booth. The show rumor this year is..., AOPA is moving their wine/cigar club members over to the new Viagra club at no extra charge.

Not all same-same though, there is a younger group of Aviators on the move with a positive recruitment. Flights Above The Pacific North West (FATPNW) It's pronounced 'fat' P. N. W. https://www.facebook.com/FATPNW/. Here's the website that explaines what "Flights Above" is and how to start a facebook aviation community in your area. http://flightsabove.org/about/. Unfortunately, by my choice, I'm not a member because my lack of a facebook account.


Thanks for reminding me why I enjoy your company on here :cheers:

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Re: 2018 Northwest Conference & Trade Show

Unread postby jjbaker » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:39 am

Nice stuff, Klaus. Don't underestimate the power and positive influence these three and four letter soup groups have on their executives checking accounts.

Our german automobile advocacy club ADAC is filling its advertising space with staircase lifts, walkers, reduced speed disability vehicles you can drive without a DL and ship and bus vacations to Eastern EU destinations. Only few actual automotive companies even consider the magazine. Test reports and favorite lists are often rigged in benefit of those companies who also advertise.

When your lowest paid staff (membership representatives) makes sure that none of the guys who show up with "company airplanes" and suits drag home less than 6 figures and strategic alliances and partnerships are created by credit card, things are good.

Did you know that SeaplaneInternational.com stopped doing articles in December of 2017 and now only plays share and link farm on Facebook? Popularity is measured by number of likes.

Less than 5% of the pages and posts I see link to anything owned or created. There is even a Fake International Seaplane Pilots Association, that has gained well in excess of 7000 Likes.

Its all shared, just like the thoughts and prayers we all send when another batch of children get slaughtered or when another out of his mind president tweets something dumber than dumb.

I am sure the social media manager of FATPNW Facebook page can tell you exactly how things work, when getting alerted that two out of several thousand page followers where reached with a post, but more than 30 liked it. Its so surreal to watch this all.

LOL, ROFL, Sweet, Hashtag, Tag, !, and you can renew your extremely important and meaningful membership in your favorite advocacy organization, right through Facebook!

"Pay up, sit down, shut up! Like what we tell you. Thanks!"

We have aviation companies who upload their overloaded print ads they pay through the nose to show to the legacy aviators out there on Facebook, to at least get some kind of Like or Share...

Facebook and other social media is reshaping our industry. People like it this way, obviously...
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Re: 2018 Northwest Conference & Trade Show

Unread postby RKittine » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:20 am

No need to comment here, but thanks Klaus for updating us.

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