Flying Aviation Expo Off to Great Start

Palm Springs event draws thousands with seminars, airplanes and more.

Flying Aviation Expo Ribbon Cutting

Flying Aviation Expo Ribbon Cutting

The inaugural Flying Aviation Expo in Palm Springs, California, is off to a respectable start, drawing thousands to the Palm Springs Convention Center, the site of scores of well-attended seminars and panel discussions, a busy show floor and static displays of airplanes under bright blue skies outside.

"Flying Aviation Expo will be the event of the year," predicted Marco Parrotto, founder of Lift Event Management, the organizer of the show in partnership with Flying Magazine, who said the inaugural event was just a start that will lead to bigger and even better shows in the future.

For the foreseeable future, it appears the Expo will continue as a West Coast show in Palm Springs.

"We couldn't be more pleased with the organization of the show, the support from the city of Palm Springs and the enthusiasm of visitors," said Flying Editor-in-Chief Robert Goyer, who, along with Parrotto and city officials, cut the ribbon to formally open the Expo yesterday morning.

More than 140 companies are exhibiting at this year's show, which features a number of well-known aviation companies including Cirrus, Garmin, LightSpeed, Avidyne, ForeFlight and many others, as well as high-end jewelry and fashion companies, Chandelle winery, Hangar One vodka, and carmaker Tesla.

The show runs through Sunday afternoon.

Watch our Parade of Planes video and get a taste of the event.

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