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2018 NGPA Industry Expo Presented by United Airlines


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The National Gay Pilots Association is pleased to announce the 2018 NGPA Industry Expo Presented by United Airlines, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel. Guest speakers and educational seminars for general aviation, business/corporate, and commercial pilots are in the lineup of events, including:

Guest speakers and educational seminars for both commercial, business/corporate, and general aviation pilots are in the lineup of events, including:

  • Col. William “Doug” Hall is the Director, Congressional and Interagency Affairs, U.S. Transportation Command, Washington D.C. office. He serves as the principle liaison between the U.S. Transportation Command commander and members of Congress as well as multiple military and government organizations throughout the National Capital Region. He has over 20 years of service and has flown the MC-130, the C-141, the C-5, and the C-17.
  • Flight attendant Doreen Welsh had only 90 seconds to focus on survival skills before US Airways Flight 1549 crash-landed into New York's Hudson River in 2010. Join Doreen as she takes participants on the emotional journey of that fateful day which became known as The Miracle on the Hudson.
  • On September 11, 2001, air traffic controllers accomplished the massive task of clearing the skies in a matter of minutes when United States airspace was completely closed. There are many accounts from that infamous day; this is an exclusive opportunity to listen to retired controllers Peter Zalewski and Tom Morin give first-hand accounts of how the situation unfolded from the inside out.
  • Breakout sessions and workshops focusing on LGBT issues, aviation education, and advocacy. Check back soon for more information on these great additions to the program!
  • A full list of keynotes, presentations, and workshops is available on the NGPA app,

In addition to our keynote addresses, the expo will feature hundreds of ATP-qualified active airline pilots seeking employment, general aviation pilots interested in new products and services, and budding aviators seeking opportunities at flight schools for their career advancement.


The 2018 NGPA Industry Expo Presented by United Airlines is an event not to be missed!

Exhibitor Registration

Exhibitor registration for the 2018 NGPA Industry Expo Presented by United Airlines is now SOLD OUT.

For further inquiries regarding the event please contact Brian Gambino by email at

We apologize we cannot accommodate your attendance at our Industry Expo.  We hope you will keep us in mind in the future.  From Everyone at the NGPA, Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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Attendee Registration

Attendee registration for the 2018 NGPA Industry Expo Presented by United Airlines is now CLOSED.

On-site registration WILL BE AVAILABLE on the day of the event, February 9th at 9AM for $75 and does not include lunch

The refund window for current ticket holders has expired per our posted policy.  

Any questions regarding the event can be directed to Brian Gambino by email:


Participating Exhibitors (updated 1/24/18)

Air Wisconsin
ALPA (Air Line Pilots Association)
Alaska Airlines
Allegiant Air
American Airlines - Pilot Hiring Info Sessions ONLY
Atlas Air
Cage Marshall Consulting
California Coast University
Compass Airlines
Delta Air Lines - Pilot Hiring Info Session & Resume Collection (no one-on-one interviews)
Desert Jet
Empire Airlines
Endeavor Air
Envoy Air
Executive Jet Management
ExpressJet Airlines
Falcon Aviation Academy
FlexJet LLC
Frontier Airlines
Gama Aviation
GoJet Airlines
GrandView Aviation
Hawaiian Airlines
Horizon Air
JetBlue Airways
Latino Pilots Association
Los Angeles Airport Police
Mesa Airlines
NATCA (National Air Traffic Controllers Association)
NBAA (National Business Aviation Association)
OBAP (Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals)
Omni Air International
Patient Airlift Services
Piedmont Airlines
Professional Asian Pilots Association
PSA Airlines
Republic Airways
Skywest Airlines
Sun Country
Total Investment Management
Trans States Airlines
United Airlines - Pilot Hiring Info Session & Resume Collection (no one-on-one interviews)
University of North Dakota Aviation
Western Michigan University College of Aviation
Wings Financial Credit Union

Mobile App & Detailed Weekend Information

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The 2018 NGPA Industry Expo Presented by United Airlines mobile app replaces printed registration materials and provide users with a wealth of real-time resources and up-to-date information including:

-Schedules and detailed event information
-Registration and hotel information
-Exclusive hotel and United Airlines travel discounts
-Detailed information for those piloting aircraft into PSP (see the "Information for Pilots" section of the FAQs)
-Weekend food and beverage information including detailed menus

-Live chat and messaging
-Easy networking with other attendees
-Direct social media access and interaction
-NGPA Industry Expo vendor information and vendor-specific details
-Queen of the Fleet contest balloting
-Photo albums
-Upcoming events

The app is completely free, easy to use, and works on both iOS, Google/android, and Blackberry platforms. Windows phone users may link to a special mobile app website to enjoy the features as well. To get started, simply search for “NGPA” on the App Store or Google Play, or download now.

Lodging Arrangements and Travel Discounts

Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel - PLEASE CALL FOR AVAILABILITY
The host hotel for the 2018 NGPA Industry Expo Presented by United Airlines is the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, the only full-service Marriott in the majestic oasis of Palm Springs, Calif.
Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains where the day's bright sunshine and night's twinkling stars will enamor and amaze, the Renaissance Palm Springs is near the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and is the perfect destination for leisure and business. Enjoy easy access to museums, art galleries, and activities in and around downtown. The chic restaurant, Date, provides an upscale dining experience in a casual setting. Spacious guest rooms offer plush bedding, marble bathrooms and modern technologies for a comfortable night's slumber.
After an action-packed day, enjoy a late-night swim in the heated outdoor pool, one of the desert's largest, or visit the state-of-the-art fitness center. Get cozy in a private cabana and relax under swaying palm trees. And don't forget to treat yourself to a massage or other pampering treatment at Spa Del Sol. The Renaissance Palm Springs offers a desert resort atmosphere with a cosmopolitan flair.
A special NGPA rate of $178/night is available throughout the weekend. Online booking is available via the hotel sales office at 760.322.6000 or online with the link provided below.
Book your NGPA group rate here >

Courtyard Palm Springs

Courtyard by Marriott
Located just down the street from the Renaissance Palm Springs and two miles from Palm Springs International Airport, the Courtyard by Marriott is offering a special NGPA rate of $190/night beginning Tuesday, Feb. 6 through Sunday, Feb. 11. Booking is available via the hotel sales office at 760.322.6100 or by clicking the link below.

Book your NGPA group rate here >

United Airlines
As presenting sponsor, United is pleased to offer special travel discounts between 2-10% for travel to the 2018 NGPA Industry Expo Presented by United Airlines. Eligible airports include PSP, LAX, SNA, ONT, BUR, and eligible travel dates are 2/2/2018-2/17/2018. Book online at and enter offer code ZE8X944140 in the offer code box when searching for your flights. If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings (800.426.1122), please present the following information:

Agreement Code: 944140
Z Code: ZE8X

Outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines Reservation Office. Additional restrictions may apply.

Presenting & Corporate Sponsors

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United Airlines is proud to be the exclusive presenting sponsor of the 2018 NGPA Industry Expo and a NGPA Diamond Elite-level sponsor.

At United, diversity is defined as the range of differences that make individuals unique, including ability, age, ethnicity, gender identification, race, sexual orientation and veteran's status. Inclusion is how United leverages these differences to form a genuine community and expand business opportunities.

United's approach is treating diversity and inclusion like a core leadership competency, taking diversity well beyond compliance. The goal is for leaders to create a culture where acceptance and appreciation of everyone is the norm and each employee is comfortable bringing their full selves to work. The mission is to create an inclusive work environment, characterized by dignity and respect, that empowers every employee to serve the global marketplace and contribute to United's success. Learn more at

Contact Information

Director, NGPA Industry Expo

NGPA Executive Director


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