Each year the NGPA hosts the NGPA Industry Expo, which is the second-largest pilot recruiting and aviation networking event in the U.S. The event features keynote speakers, hundreds of ATP-qualified active airline pilots seeking employment, aviation products and services, and educational seminars for both commercial, business/corporate, and general aviation pilots.

The 2020 NGPA Industry Expo Presented by United Airlines will be held Friday, February 7, 2020 at the Riviera Palm Springs Hotel. 


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The National Gay Pilots Association is pleased to announce the 2020 NGPA Industry Expo Presented by United Airlines, will be held Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at the Riviera Palm Springs Hotel.

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. Guest speakers and educational seminars for general aviation, business/corporate, and commercial pilots are in the lineup of events, which cater to a broad range of aviation interests.

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

• Lynn Rippelmeyer, a pioneering female aviator who, after starting her career as a TWA flight attendant, made her way to the other side of the cockpit door to make history in the United States and beyond. She retired on the Boeing 787, and now spends her time supporting the non-profit ROSE, a charity that helps the people of Roatan, Honduras, as well as giving presentations that advocate for diversity.

• Alex Bystram, the award-winning Executive Producer of Mayday, a series that examines significant aviation disasters through interviews, dramatic recreations, and state of the art CGI. Now in its 20th season, every episode of the Mayday explores the causes of the accident and the changes to commercial aviation that have come about as a result.

• Swayne Martin, a First Officer for Envoy Air, active NGPA advocate, and co-owner of Boldmethod Pilot Training. With over 121,000 subscribers and 14 million views, his YouTube channel is a go-to source for aspiring professional pilots learning about the career path.

• Breakout sessions and workshops focusing on LGBT issues, aviation education, women at NGPA, advocacy, development, and new NGPA members.

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