Executives invited to state's first business aviation expo

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is inviting corporate executives to attend Michigan’s first business aviation expo at Oakland County International Airport (OCIA) on Friday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

OCIA and the Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) are bringing together representatives and experts from top aircraft manufacturers as well as charter flight, fractional ownership, and air cargo companies for c-suite executives to explore how business aviation can make sense for their companies, improve productivity and profitability, and offer solutions for air travel problems. There will be at least 17 aircraft on display.

“Some of Michigan’s best aviation experts will be there to discuss the advantages of business aviation,” Patterson said. “Plus, executives will have an opportunity to tour modern jet aircraft and the aviation businesses at the airport.”

The aircraft on display include manufacturers Bombardier, Dassault Falcon, Gulfstream, and Textron Aviation as well as local business aviation companies such as Corporate Eagle, Corporate Flight Inc., Pentastar Aviation, Royal Air, and Northern Jet out of Grand Rapids.

Other exhibitors include Air Docs Aeromedical Support Services, Arrow Energy, Avfuel Corporation, Aviation Tax Consultants, Citizens Bank, Contact Aviation, Hylant, Jet Support Services Inc., LL Johns & Associates, Michigan Aviation, the MBAA, Michigan Department of Transportation’s Office of Aeronautics, Oakland County’s Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, PASS Charters, PNC Bank, Scott Group, and Unique One Aircraft Interiors.

In addition, there will be four business aviation breakout sessions covering how to get started with business aviation, how to operate a corporate flight department, the ins-and-outs of aircraft transactions, and a Federal Aviation Administration medical certification update. The sessions will be preceded by keynotes from Patterson, the MBAA and MDOT’s Office of Aeronautics.

“The Michigan Business Aviation Association is excited to partner with the OCIA on this event to help energize some new activity for all stakeholders in the area,” MBAA Chairman John C. Hatfield said. “This event gives our membership companies and new companies opportunity to see the benefits of business aviation, tour the latest aircraft, attend educational sessions, and network all in the same venue.”

The expo will take place at OCIA’s modern LEED Gold-certified airport terminal. Admission is $49 per person. MBAA members receive a $10 discount. To register, go to www.OakGov.com/airports. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the event.

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