The aviation industry has come a long way since its earliest inception when it seemed unfathomable that humans might take to the sky in the ways we embrace air travel today.
Palm Springs becomes the stage to showcase those technological advances, Oct. 15-17, at the Flying Aviation Expo presented by Scheyden inside the Palm Springs Convention Center.
“This event is a great way for people to experience and appreciate the technology and progress being made with the latest aviation equipment,” says Ken Ross, president of ONE Aviation — both a participant and exhibitor.
“In the future, aviation will become easier, more user-friendly, and more of a time saver not a time waster,” he adds. “Aviation systems and the sophistication of aircrafts are evolving and changing with high caliber equipment making the ease of travel all the more accessible.”
The chance to see a cross-section of today’s cutting-edge planes comes at the outset of the expo with the annual Parade of Planes from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 15. It’s one of the most unusual spectacles of the season.
VIDEO: View a recent Parade of Planes down the streets of Palm Springs
Greater Palm Springs residents and visitors can have a front seat when planes wheel down the streets of Palm Springs starting at the airport and making their way to the convention center. The parade reverses back to the airport at 3 p.m. Oct. 17
ONE Aviation will showcase its Eclipse 550 jet and Eclipse Special Edition (SE) twin-engine jet at the event.
“Aviation is such an interwoven fabric in our society with air transportation an encompassing part of our lives whether by commercial or private owner/operator use,” Ross says. “Transportation is progressing.”
In addition, there are more opportunities to learn about the aviation industry in Palm Springs style:
A poolside Beer & Wine Tasting will be held Oct. 15 at the Palm Springs Hilton.
“Learn to Fly” Seminar: noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Find out about what it takes to become a licensed pilot. Cost is $15 per person.
“Static” Exhibit Hall: offering a display of airplanes at the Palm Springs Air Museum, information presentations, new equipment, technology, and more.
Parties: A poolside Beer & Wine Tasting sponsored by Chandelle Winery will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Palm Springs Hilton.
A 1940s aviation inspired Evening Party will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Palm Springs Air Museum set to the tunes of Saga Strings entertainment. Tickets are $75 per person or can be part of an all-inclusive pass.
Flying Aviation Expo, Oct. 15-17, Palm Springs Convention Center, www.aviation-xpo.com