Aviation Expo Canceled


The Flying Aviation Expo scheduled for October in Palm Springs has been canceled but organizers are holding out hope it may be back in the future. Jeff and Vivienne Herold, who own Scheyden Eyewear, took over the show in its third year in 2016 and moved it from the Palm Springs Convention Center to the airport. Although the show got good reviews for organization and content, it was sparsely attended. “The needed participation and sponsorship investments are not quite where they have to be to sustain the show at this time,” the Herolds said in a statement quoted by Flying Magazine, the title sponsor of the event. “The 2016 show that was moved to the Palm Springs International Airport was a beautifully run event that still has tremendous potential for the future of aviation events in the Western region.”

The Herolds are talking with AOPA officials about holding the trade show in conjunction with some of the regional fly-ins it holds each year. AOPA canceled its annual Expo in 2013 in favor of the regional events and the Flying event was seen as filling that void. Flying quoted Jeff Herold as saying that cooperating with AOPA may lead to the Expo returning as a standalone event in Palm Springs.