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AeroTest America Offers Exhibits, Conferences

December 30, 2008
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FORT WORTH, TX-AeroTest America 2008 drew attendees to a region known for its aerospace focus.

The event was held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, November 18 to 20, with a welcome reception November 17. The event targeted the aerospace industry’s testing, R&D, evaluation and inspection professionals.

Six of the nine top global aerospace and defense companies have operations in Texas. The state also has more than 300 airports, making it the nation’s second largest state airport system. It also is home to three major airlines: American, Continental and Southwest.

More than 250 international suppliers exhibited at the event, offering the latest in test equipment, technology, solutions and services, including NASA, Boeing, GE Sensing and Inspection, Lockheed Martin, Olympus and Vought.

Attendees had a chance to hear more than 100 expert presentations offered in auditoriums on the show floor, including a panel session on future employment in aerospace, presented by Fort Worth’s Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development and Education, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, the Performance Review Institute and Lockheed Martin.

Quality Magazine spoke with panelists about the future of aerospace manufacturing. To see the interviews, visit Q-Tube at

The session opened with a video aimed at middle school and high school students, encouraging them to take a look at a career in aerospace manufacturing. The panel then discussed ways to encourage the next generation in aerospace, including summer camps and specific coursework. The show also offered a student engagement zone.

Optional technical tours included Lockheed Martin Grand Prairie High Speed Wind Tunnel and Bell Helicopter XworX Flight Test Facility in Arlington. A full-size static display of the Lockheed Martin F-35 (JSF) Lighting II was also presented at the show.

The 2009 AeroTest America Expo & Forum will be held in Baltimore September 28 to October 1.

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Charles J. Hellier has been active in the technology of nondestructive testing and related quality and inspection fields since 1957. Here he talks with Quality's managing editor, Michelle Bangert, about the importance of training.
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