This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
After earlier announcing plans to hold a live event in March, the Flight School Association of North America (FSANA) has rescheduled its annual International Flight School Conference to this summer. The three-day event now slated to commence on August 18 will take place at the same venue in Orlando, Fla., the Rosen Plaza Hotel, and all room reservations for the March dates will automatically be canceled.
Citing discussions with its membership, suppliers, government officials, and hotel management regarding the state of the Covid pandemic, FSANA’s leadership noted, “We apologize to anyone unable to make the new date, but feel the move will make for a better conference for all who attend or exhibit,” adding that this year’s conference will set the stage for “the strong rebound that is already taking hold in the flight training arena.” The August gathering could prove to be the group’s best-attended event ever, organizers said.
The group plans to release updated registration and hotel reservation information over the next week, with the rescheduling re-setting the clock for early-bird registration discounts.
The pandemic continues to place a chilling effect upon industry trade shows, with NBAA canceling all of its in-person events through the first half of the year. HAI, which had planned to stage its annual Heli-Expo as a live event in March, also decided to scrap that idea.