The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will host the 12th Annual FAA/DOD/NASA Joint Aging Aircraft Conference, May 4-7, 2009, in Kansas City, MO. This meeting has become the world's premier conference on aging aircraft, bringing together the brightest research minds from industry, government, and academia.

The conference will serve as a forum to cultivate, share and debate ideas and solutions, while highlighting key advancements in the ever-changing research community and top breakthroughs in aviation safety research.

Hundreds of attendees are expected, and more than 100 exhibitors will demonstrate their latest aging aircraft research projects and safety-related research efforts. The conference will address classic aging aircraft issues such as structures, electrical systems, and materials, while expanding its focus to include continued airworthiness and mission readiness concerns. New research topics introduced this year include general aviation and overall aviation safety.

Robert McGuire, FAA Manager of the Flight Controls and Mechanical Systems Program at the Technical Center, is the 2009 Aging Aircraft Conference Chairman.

Conference Program Highlights

Keynote speakers

  • Marv Nuss, Continued Operational Safety Program Manager, FAA Aircraft Certification Service, Small Airplane Directorate
  • Jack J. Pelton, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cessna Aircraft Company
  • Captain Al Haynes, retired from United Airlines, will present "Teamwork in Crisis — The Story of Flight 232" (Sioux City, 1984)

Key panel topics

  • aviation safety
  • corrosion prediction
  • wiring systems
  • product lifecycle

Nearly 200 technical papers will be presented, covering a broad range of aging aircraft and aviation safety-related topics.

Conference Location

Kansas City Convention Center
Kansas City, Missouri

Conference Registration and Information

For more information and to register for the conference, please visit the Universal Technology Corporations's website.