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Aviation Trail Parachute Museum to Make a Presentation at AIAA Conference

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is a professional society for the field of aerospace engineering. AIAA is the largest professional society devoted to the progress of engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. Its mission is to advance the arts, sciences, and technology of aeronautics and astronautics, and to promote the professionalism of those engaged in these pursuits. AIAA has more than 30,000 members among aerospace professionals worldwide, although the majority are American and/or live in the United States.

Aviation Trail, Inc. is scheduled to make a presentation at the 24th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference, which is part of the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition is being held on 5 – 9 June, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The title of the ATI presentation is “Parachute Related History and Preservation”, authored by ATI Parachute Museum Curator Randy Zuercher. The presentation will be made on June 8 by Aviation Trail Vice President Steve Brown.

The presentation will cover some of the history of Aviation Trail, Inc. in general, and the ATI Parachute Museum in particular. It will include a virtual tour of the museum in addition to background and description of the museum’s parachute archives. The purpose of the presentation is to demonstrate the relevance of the museum’s collection to the deceleration industry, and the availability of its extensive archival resources for research to support the decelerator industry as well. A Q & A session will follow the presentation.

According to Curator Randy Zuercher, “We are excited to have been invited to present to this prestigious group. Participation in the decelerator industry gives us both greater visibility and opportunity to widen our vision and pursue support for the Parachute Museum beyond our local market. We expect to be able to establish relationships that will develop into a wider mission and more comprehensive basis for the entire history of the parachute and the decelerator industry.”

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