Top Management Panel highlights SAE 2004 General Aviation Technology Conference

WARRENDALE, PA (March 29, 2004) - Aerospace engineering and the development of future business and commercial aircraft will be the focus of the SAE 2004 General Aviation Technology Conference and Exhibition (GATC), slated as this year's largest technical forum for the General Aviation Community. The event will bring together corporate aerospace executives, engineers, technical professionals, academics, and government officials and will be held at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita, Kansas, April 20-21, 2004.

The 2-day program will include: The Designated Engineering Representative (DER) Symposium, a training program facilitated by the FAA (8:30-10:00 A.M., April 20); 21 technical sessions featuring updates by NASA and the FAA (1:30-3:00 P.M. and 3:30-5:00 P.M., April 21); and a Top Management Panel (3:30-5:00 P.M., April 21) which will discuss the impact of new design concepts and current market trends on the future of aircraft production. This panel will consist of the following aerospace executives:

Richard Johnson, Vice-President, Engineering
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

Jack Pelton, President and CEO
Cessna Aircraft Company

David Reimer, Vice-President, Product Development and Engineering
Raytheon Aircraft Company

John Pilla, Director of 7E7
Boeing Company, Wichita Division

Keith Miller, Vice-President, Engineering & Flight Test (Panel Moderator)
Bombardier Aerospace, Learjet Inc.

The exhibition will feature displays by over 2 dozen aircraft manufacturers and suppliers and will be open April 20-21 between 11:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. and 4:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

An updated schedule of sessions, exhibitors and other program information is available on-line at: http://www.sae.org/events/gat/.