A second outdoor display area which features actual aircraft on display and
flying operates from the local Hartford-Brainard Airport, 251 Maxim Rd
about 2 miles from the Convention Center. AOPA attendees were shuffled
back and forth from the airport via Greyhound style buses, which leave
and return from the airport on a 20 minute schedule.
For those with
physical disabilities AOPA provided transportation via special buses
capable of moving wheel chairs, and electric carts. These were called as
needed, with operators returning for pick up at pre-arranged times.
One of the most impressive things about this convention is it's
organization! As you arrive the very friendly and courteous people from
AOPA guide you quickly through the registration process. Once registered
you can then proceed into the main convention area which this year
featured nearly 500 exhibits.
As a light sport aircraft enthusiast you can quickly narrow this down
to 50 exhibits with LSA ties, in the main display area, with another 20
or so at the airport. In some cases exhibitors had displays at both
Lightsport Aircraft manufacturers and suppliers in the main area
included, Cessna, REMOS, Sportplanes.com, Lockwood Aviation, BRS, Aircraft Spruce, Sportplanes.com, ASA,
Adventure Productions, Plane Sights, Aviation Supplies &