General Aviation Conference

August 4-6, 2024 | Renton, Washington









About the Conference

We are pleased to host the General Aviation (GA) Conference from August 4-6, 2024, in Renton, WA.

This annual gathering of industry stakeholders focuses on tackling the most challenging issues facing general aviation today and analyzing current trends to help airports better prepare for the future. The interactive format of the sessions will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss and debate a variety of issues vital to general aviation.

Attendees should expect a robust agenda of informative sessions, with highly respected speakers from throughout the general aviation community. Topics to be discussed during the conference program include: the state of the general aviation industry; the latest on key legislative and regulatory issues affecting the industry; emerging trends in GA infrastructure development; updates and case studies on transitioning to unleaded avgas at your airport; opportunities and challenges for airports that manage their own FBOs; and much more. Sessions will also cover how airports can navigate an ever-changing business aviation industry and effectively manage relationships with partners and local communities.

Who Should Attend?

  • Airport directors
  • GA airport employees
  • FBO owners and managers
  • Corporate and business operators
  • Aircraft manufacturers
  • Pilots
  • Students
  • Other members of the GA industry

Conference Agenda

Click below for full agenda. Subject to change. Please check back for updates. The conference will be taking place at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington.


Registration Fees & Deadlines

Double Your Education! Attend both the AAAE General Aviation Conference and the AAAE/AMCG Airport Management & Compliance Workshop and save $50! The AAAE/AMCG Airport Management and Compliance Workshop takes place immediately following the AAAE General Aviation Conference. Attend both the conference and workshop and save $25 on each event's registration fee. Separate registration/payment is required for both events.

Use promo code GA2024 in the checkout for both meetings to receive the discount. Please note, you must register for both meetings to take advantage of the $25 per meeting discount.

You acknowledge that in registering for and attending this AAAE event, you agree to adhere to the cancellation policy noted below, AAAE's Duty of Care, and AAAE's Code of Conduct and Terms and Conditions.

General Aviation Conference Registration

June 21, 2024
June 21, 2024
AAAE Member $675 $775
Non-Member $775 $875

Airport Management & Compliance Workshop Registration

June 21, 2024
June 21, 2024
AAAE Member $550 $600
Non-Member $600 $650

AAAE accepts registration regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, sex, physical disability and national or ethnic origin. This includes but is not limited to admissions, employment and educational services. If you require any special assistance to participate or have special dietary requirements, email

Cancellation Policy:

Registrations and cancellations must be submitted in writing. Cancellation requests received before Friday, July 10, 2024 are subject to a $125 processing fee and will be processed after the meeting takes place. There will be no refunds after this date. Substitutions will be accepted without penalties and no-shows will be billed. For all inquiries regarding cancellations and refunds, please contact the AAAE Meetings Department at 703.824.0504 or email  By submitting a completed registration form, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the cancellation policy.

NOTE: AAAE reserves the right to postpone or cancel an event if the number of registrants is insufficient; due to acts of God; or any other reason beyond AAAE’s control. In this event, we will notify all registrants and credit the full registration fee towards another AAAE meeting, product or service. However, any costs incurred by the registrant, such as hotel cancellation or airline penalties, are the responsibility of the registrant. Confirmation letters will be emailed to attendees within two weeks of receipt of registration. However, if you have not received a confirmation email two business days prior to the meeting, and you enrolled at least two weeks prior to the meeting, please contact the AAAE Meetings Department at 703.824.0504 or Please note failure to receive a confirmation letter before an event will not be grounds for a refund.

Media Access Policy

AAAE reserves the right to grant at its sole discretion access to TV, radio and print media organizations or individuals that have registered and received prior authorization from AAAE at least 72 hours prior to an AAAE event they wish to cover. Due to the sensitive nature of some discussions, not all sessions at some AAAE events will be open to media. AAAE retains the sole right to grant or refuse media access for any event or section of an event it operates.

Photo/Video Disclaimer:

By registering for and attending any AAAE event, you agree that your image may be used at any time, without further notification, for printed materials, web sites, social media and other marketing purposes.

Hotel & Travel

Lake Washington

Hotel Accommodations

All events (except where noted in the agenda) are being held at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, 1053 Lake Washington, Renton, WA; phone 425.203.1234. We have secured a room block for all attendees. You will receive a special rate of $309 for the Lake View King, plus tax. The $20 resort fee has been waived. To reserve your room, please book online or call the hotel at 425.203.1234 and ask for the AAAE rate. The last day to receive the discounted rate is Friday, July 12, 2024. Rooms may sell out before this date, so make your reservations early.   


Additional Hotels

We have secured additional rooms at nearby hotels.

Hampton Inn and Suites Seattle/Renton

The Hampton Inn, located at 1300 Lake Washington Blvd. North is offering King Suites at a rate of $269. The last day to receive the discounted rate is Friday, July 12, 2024. Rooms may sell out before this date, so make your reservations early. 

Residence Inn Seattle South/Renton

The Residence Inn, located at 1200 Lake Washington Blvd. North is offering King Suites at a rate of $252. The last day to receive the discounted rate is Friday, July 12, 2024. Rooms may sell out before this date, so make your reservations early. 


The Hyatt Regency Lake Washington is located 8 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the ride takes approximately 20 minutes. Transportation Network Companies (TNC) Uber and Lyft do operate at the airport. Get more information on ground transportation at SEA.

Air Travel

United Airlines and Delta Air Lines have been selected as the official air carriers for this meeting.


United Airlines has been selected as one of the official air carriers for this meeting. You may book online via and enter the Offer Code ZNSQ375349 in the Offer Code box or call United Reservations Meetings Desk at 800.426.1122 and provide the Z Code ZNSQ and Agreement Code 375349. For all tickets issued through United Meetings Reservations Desk, there will be a $25 per ticket service fee collected. This fee is subject to change without notice. Such service fee is nonrefundable and applies to all itineraries, one-way or round-trip. Black-out dates apply.


Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for American Association of Airport Executives. Please click here to book your flights. You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NM36J.

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

Airport Management and Compliance Workshop

August 6-7, 2024 | Renton, WA


The AAAE/AMCG Airport Management and Compliance Workshop takes place immediately following the AAAE General Aviation Conference. Registration discounts are available when you register for both the GA Conference and the workshop. Take advantage of this opportunity to double your education without the added travel costs!

Aligning your airport’s management philosophy and compliance approach with industry best practices is the best way an airport sponsor can prepare for a successful future. Airport management is consistently challenged with fulfilling the airport’s mission and vision; ensuring that quality aviation products, services, and facilities that meet the needs of airport users are consistently being provided; that the health, safety, interest, and protecting the general welfare of the public; and reducing the potential for conflict with lessees, operators, and users.

This workshop is led by David Benner of Aviation Management Consulting Group, who has years of airport management, aviation business management, and general aviation management consulting (encompassing airports and aviation businesses) experience, in addition to being an aircraft owner and pilot. As such, he has the unique ability to view any airport management and compliance issue from a multi-dimensional perspective.

It is from this context that AAAE and AMCG developed this dynamic and highly interactive workshop to explore a best practices approach in three critical areas of airport management and compliance:

  • Strategic Airport Business Planning – A strategic airport business plan is an important planning tool, a critical management tool, and a vital communication tool for airport policymakers and managers. Workshop attendees will be provided a thorough understanding of the (1) value, (2) elements, and (3) process for developing and implementing a strategic airport business plan. In addition, workshop attendees will be provided takeaway tools that can be used in developing and implementing a strategic airport business plan.
  • Airport Primary Management Compliance Documents (PMCDs) – Having the proper tools to effectively manage an airport and comply with the FAA airport sponsor assurances is essential for any airport. Workshop attendees will learn industry tested and essential steps associated with the development, implementation, and enforcement of primary airport management and compliance documents including rules and regulations, leasing/rents and fees policy, minimum standards, and development standards.
  • Airport Rents and Fees – To maintain compliance with the FAA airport sponsor assurances and achieve or make progress towards financial self-sufficiency, it is essential that airport sponsors are collecting market-based rents for land and improvements and cost-based airport fees for use of the airport. Workshop attendees will come away with a better understanding of the different type of airport rents and fees and associated collection methods that are utilized in the industry today as well as the appropriate methodologies that can be used to set and adjust airport rents and fees.   

Make a Lasting Impression by Sponsoring & Exhibiting!



Sponsoring will demonstrate your company's commitment to the advancement of the aviation industry and help to illustrate your company's reputable business practices. This conference boasts a very high-level audience that you cannot afford to miss the chance to meet with!

Tabletop Exhibit

Tabletop Exhibits

Gain exposure for your company among more than 35 general aviation airports nationwide by purchasing an exhibit space today. You do not want to miss the chance for face-to-face interaction with the high-level decisionmakers at this conference!

Contact Information

Questions? Contact Us!

Program Information
Justin Barkoswki

Megan Eisenstein

Registration & Hotel Information
Dan Reilly

Sponsorship & Exhibit Information
Lisa Williams

Press & Media Inquiries
Brian Kalish