NGPA Announces Flagship West Coast Event for 2018

Leading LGBT aviation nonprofit puts diversity and inclusion on display this February in Palm Springs

The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) has announced the 2018 Palm Springs Winter Warm Up and Industry Expo presented by United Airlines. The organization’s West Coast flagship event takes place in Palm Springs from February 8-11 and brings together lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as well as their friends, families, and advocates from all over the world to share their interests in aviation.

The week provides an array of activities designed to fulfill the NGPA’s mission to Build, Support, and Unite the LGBT aviation community globally.

The schedule includes the successful NGPA Industry Expo Presented by United Airlines held at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel on February 9 featuring seminars, guest speakers, as well as aviation products and services appealing to everyone from the hobbyist to the professional. Many applicants seeking jobs as airline pilots will also be in attendance to deliver resumes and hear the latest on hiring prospects from several airlines, corporate flight departments, and flight schools seeking to hire from a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates.

Featured speakers at the event include U.S. Air Force Col. William “Doug” Hall, the U.S. Transportation Command Director of Congressional and Interagency Affairs; Doreen Welsh, flight attendant from “Miracle on the Hudson” US Airways Flight 1549; Capt. Barry Schiff, renowned author and advocate for general aviation; and many more.

Later in the week members of the NGPA will enjoy banquets, breakfasts, aircraft displays, live auctions of aviation collectibles, and breakout discussions appealing to every facet of the LGBT aviation experience.

For more information and to register for the event go to

About the NGPA
Founded in 1990 in Washington D.C., the National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) is an organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pilots and other aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Through education, outreach programs, and social events, the organization encourages members of the LGBT community to begin piloting careers; fosters equal treatment of LGBT aviators through advocacy and outreach; promotes aviation safety, and provides an affirming social and professional network for LGBT aviators. Follow the NGPA on Facebook and Twitter. More information is available via the association’s website,

David J. Pettet
Executive Director, National Gay Pilots Association | 
866-800-NGPA (6472) | [email protected]

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