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ASU Charts a Course of Safety in Aviation at the 2005 Aviation Expo

February 14, 2005

MESA, Ariz. — Arizona State University's flight program at the East campus will host one of the largest aviation expos in the state on March 4 and 5.

Anyone with a passion for aviation is invited to attend, whether you are employed in the field, have an aviation hobby or just want to learn more about aviation.

"This is the only aviation expo offered in the spring for the Valley that I am aware of, so we're planning on a great turnout," said 2005 Aviation Expo event director and ASU faculty member Wayne Tripp.

This year's theme is Charting a Course of Safety in Aviation. The expo will bring together premier aviation leaders and will emphasize safety and security awareness in the industry, as well as provide seminars on aviation legal concerns and high-altitude physiology.

"We will focus on all areas of aviation including education, business, regulatory, research and development, with a special emphasis on safety and security," said Tripp. "This expo brings together important members of the aviation community who have an affect on aviation in the world, however, our goal is to enlighten people in the Valley to the superior aviation resources that exist all around them."

The main speaker of the event is Captain Brian Udell, known as the "Supersonic Survivor." Captain Udell has an exciting presentation of courage while taking responsibility and acting under almost insurmountable odds, after ejecting from an F-16 during an emergency at over 800 miles per hour. His story epitomizes the ability of properly trained and responsible aviation professionals who take control in an out-of-control situation. An observer of one of his talks said that "he brought a tear to many a hardened pilots eye."

Held at ASU's Polytechnic campus at Power and Williams Field roads in Mesa, the 2005 Aviation Expo is co-hosted by ASU's Department of Aeronautical Management Technology and Fighter Combat International-Emergency Maneuver Training. Those interested in attending the expo can visit the exhibits, demonstrations, seminars, featured speakers and panel discussions on March 4, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and March 5, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Expo events will be split between two locations, the Student Union and the Fighter Combat International hangar, located at the Williams Gateway Airport just east of the campus.

If you are interested in being an exhibitor at the event or for more information, contact Wayne Tripp at (480) 727-1691/ or visit