The aviation trade show and convention features more than 400 exhibitor booths and many seminars. The AOPA Airportfest at Hartford-Brainard Airport offers dozens of aircraft on static display and is open to the public.
â€œSo far, thousands of AOPA members have registered for the 2011 Aviation Summit, and is projected to generate more than 5,000 hotel room nights in Hartford, East Hartford, and Windsor,â€ according to Michael Van Parys, president, Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau. â€œThe long-range planning for AOPAâ€™s events has been one of the most detailed and extensive convention preparation in our regionâ€™s experience as we work to build upon the success that AOPA enjoyed when they met here in 2007.â€
Host Hartford-based United Technologies Corporation sponsors the “AOPA Live” streaming coverage of the summit. Access the event at www.aopalive.org.
â€œOne reason AOPA selected Hartford is because there are 33,000 pilots within 100 miles of our Capital City,â€ Van Parys noted.
Hours for the static displays outdoors are Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. See light sport aircraft to four- or six-seat personal aircraft, turboprops and jet business aircraft or a World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter. Speak directly with flight instructors and even â€œflyâ€ a motion simulator. In addition, one of the local flight schools will offer introductory flights for the special commemorative price of $72, marking AOPAâ€™s 72nd anniversary.