Organisers and sponsors of the 2001 Aerospace Congress and Exhibition (ACE) have announced detail of plenary session speakers and participants in this year's Seattle gathering.

More than 400 companies will participate.

Taking place in September, the Boeing-hosted event combines six well-established conferences.

The World Aviation Congress is in association with the Royal Aeronautical Society, the National Research Council Canada and ICAS. The Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Conference is in association with SBAC and AMTEC.

Flight Safety Foundation, the International Federation of Airworthiness and the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators are all lending their support to the Advances in Aviation Safety conference. Aerospace Automated Fastening Conference and the International Conference on Lighting and Static Electricity also take place simultaneously.


The sixth event is the Airline Business Airline IT Strategy Summit. Sponsored by SITA, this event will attract delegates from 300 carriers.

As well as industry buyers, participants will include government officials and military chiefs. Exhibiting companies include airframe, propulsion and systems manufacturers, R&O and support organisations.

Executive chairman David Swain, senior vice-president of engineering and technology at Boeing, sees the streamlining of the conference season in the US as a positive move. "Concentrating a range of established events in one major event in a single location, the Congress and Exhibition meets industry's requirement to reduce the proliferation of events.


"The Boeing company is looking forward to its role as host of this important aerospace event."

Plenary session speakers have been confirmed as Jeffrey Immelt, president and chairman-elect of General Electric; Alan Mulally, senior vice-president with Boeing; and Ray Webster, chief executive of easyJet.

The annual William Littlewood Memorial Lecture, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, will be delivered by Louis Mancini.

ACE says it will announce further details later in the week.

Source: Flight Daily News