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Last Updated: 6th September 2005

Hope to see you September 16th to 18th in San Diego, California!

Important Links: ( link opens new page for your convenience)

AVSIM Forum for the 2005 Conference and Exhibition - Go here for questions and help.

The Barnstormers for information and booking flights (Use the group code: avsim05 when booking flights). Transportation to the airport is the responsibility of the individual. NOTE: Cancellations and refunds for flights are done directly with Barnstormers ™ - NOT AVSIM.

The Town & Country Resort, in Mission Valley, the heart of San Diego for booking rooms for the Conference. See information below regarding accommodations.

Would you like to Exhibit at the 2005 Conference? Details.

Would you like to present a paper? Presentation sessions now fully scheduled

The 2005 Conference and Exhibition promises to be the largest gathering of simulation and aviation enthusiasts to date. Following the huge success of the 2004 Convention in Denver, Colorado, the 2005 Conference promises to be just as exciting. So mark your calendar for the second weekend in September, and we'll see you in sunny California!

Book now (see below) and receive 3 (goes down each week) entries in our “Book Early” Draw. The coveted prize is a one hour flight in a restored biplane, thanks to the generous donation from Barnstormers™.

The Venue:

Our spectacular venue this year is at the San Diego Aerospace Museum (SDASM), in historic Balboa Park. Not only do you get to visit the exhibitors and see the newest and greatest products, and hear the presentation of fascinating papers, but you get to explore the history of flight, starting with the amazing model of the Montgolfier brothers' hot air balloon of 1783 - the first manned vehicle in recorded history to break the bonds of gravity and lift man above the Earth.

SDASM ExhibitsYou and spouse and/or your family can visit the International Aerospace Hall of Fame, the only one in the world, which honors those men and women who have made a substantive contribution to the advance of the aerospace sciences. Exhibitry accompanying their portraits relates to the honorees and their accomplishments. Names such as Lindbergh, Montgolfier, Earhart, Gagarin, and Armstrong are here, all a part of the saga of the continuing conquest of air and space.

Some of the other highlights like the Dawn of Powered Flight exhibit takes you to the sands of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, where you are introduced to the first successful attempt at controlled, powered flight.

Rare specimens of aircraft suggest the excitement of air combat in the World War I Gallery. Marvel at the entertaining and dangerous antics of the barnstormers of the 1920s in the Golden Age of Flight Gallery. Also, for one year only, visit the rare and historic 1927 Boeing FB-5, the oldest Boeing fighter in the world!

There are mint condition aircraft - a Spitfire Mk. XVI, a Navy F6F Hellcat and an A-4 Skyhawk jet - to view. These beautifully restored aeroplanes will help you appreciate the increasingly complex technology represented in the classic military aircraft of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

The Museum's display of Space Age Technology, like man's desire to journey to the stars. It may never be finished, as it represents an adventure which the human race has truly just begun!

Experience landing on an aircraft carrier or walk around the space station! A new attraction at the Museum, a virtual ride experience that will offer visitors the closest thing to experiencing flight without leaving the ground. The Morphis™ ESP MovieRide Theater is an eight seat motion-based simulator that can take visitors on a variety of rides, from flying off the deck of an aircraft carrier to taking a walk around the outside of the International Space Station.

While taking the "number three wire" on a carrier landing, you'll gain an insight into the skill required for one of the most demanding types of flying imaginable.

Admission for the simulator is separate from general admission to the Museum, and is only $3 per person.

Until then, you can take a virtual tour of the San Diego Aerospace Museum and get the engines started to join us in September. See you there!

Keynote Speaker - Captain Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann

777-200LR Project Pilot - Engineering Flight Test
Boeing Commercial Airplane

“I can't remember a time when I didn't want to fly...” Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann

Capt. Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann is an integral member of the 777 Program, contributing to the design, testing and certification of the initial airplane, new derivatives and added features and technologies of the award-winning Boeing widebody. She was promoted to her current position as 777 senior test pilot in Boeing Engineering Flight Test in 1998 and now serves as project pilot for the 777-200LR (Longer Range), leading the new derivative’s overall flight-test program.

In 2003, Darcy-Hennemann tested the GE 90-115B engine on the 777-300ER (Extended Range), with lead responsibility for the No. 2 airplane. She led the 2003 development and launch of the Boeing electronic flight bag, which is the first step to being fully e-enabled. From 1994 to the first half of 1996, she did extensive work supporting the 777’s original certification testing, including serving as lead pilot on the final Boeing 777-200 to enter flight testing. In this capacity, Darcy-Hennemann was responsible for the Rolls-Royce-powered 777's 1,000-cycle validation program – the equivalent of at least a year's worth of typical airline service – in the United States, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. She took her first 777 flight in January 1995 and became a captain that same year, becoming the world’s first woman to achieve that distinction.

In 1985, Darcy-Hennemann was named a Boeing Production Test pilot – the first woman hired in that capacity. In 1989, she became the first woman rated as a captain on the 747-400 and achieved captain status on the Boeing 737 and 757/767.

Prior to becoming a Boeing test pilot, Darcy-Hennemann was a 757/767 trainer in the Boeing ground school for airline pilots from 1981 to 1985. She joined Boeing in 1974 and spent her initial years in engineering.

Darcy-Hennemann is cross-trained as an instructor pilot on the 737, 757, 767, 747-400 and 777 airplanes. She has done flight instruction and flight testing in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Outside of work, Darcy-Hennemann is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and served as a guest speaker and participant in many industry and community forums, including: the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Seattle Branch, the GE Lecture Series at the Smithsonian, the Flight Safety Foundation Approach and Landing Accident Reduction Operations Team, and the NASA Goddard Engineering Colloquium.

Darcy-Hennemann has received numerous awards and honors, including:

  • International Forest of Friendship honoree from the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots, for contributions to aviation and aerospace, 1994;
  • Women in Communications award, 1996;
  • Outstanding Alumni honor from the University of Washington Engineering program, 1996;
  • Outstanding Alumni award from the Aeronautics/Astronautics Engineering department, 1999;
  • Women in Aerospace Outstanding Leadership Award, 2000; and
  • 2000 Aviation Week Laurel’s Award for Leadership.
Darcy-Hennemann graduated from the University of Washington in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering. She and her husband reside in the Puget Sound region of Washington State.


As with all of the AVSIM Conferences and Exhibitions, we have broken down the package, so you can choose exactly which events you want to attend. Select the package that best suits your interest - mix and match or purchase the entire package - your choice. Please note the cut-off dates below. By clicking on the appropriate link, you will be taken to PayPal™ where you can register on line for that package. If you would prefer to not use PayPal™, you can register using a check or money order. See below. Also, please note that refunds will not be given after 31 August, 2005. This applies to PayPal™, check or money order registrations.

NOTE: NO tickets will be available at the registration desk for the Cocktail party or Awards banquet. We have now provided final numbers to our caterers for these events.

Conference and Exhibition: $ 75.00
Click here to purchase access to the Exhibits, Papers and museum for both days. (You will also be able to purchase this "on the door".)

One Day "Walk-In" Conference and Exhibition: $ 40.00
If you only want to visit for one of the day sessions (Saturday or Sunday), you can take advantage of this special rate! It will be available "on the door" only -- no pre-purchase available.

NOTE: Registration for sponsors and exhibitors, please see exhibitors page.

Pay Pal Registration:

If you have problems attempting to register through the PayPal selections above, please be patient and let us know. A link will be formed so you may read up regarding issues with accepting cookies. You may also go to the forum and ask about your particular problems. If, after you have attempted the suggestions in the message(s), and you still cannot register via PayPal, please contact our staff at Senior Staff for assistance.

* Please also note that the Friday Night Cocktail Party and the Saturday Night Awards Banquet are strictly adult affairs.

Registration by Check or Money Order:

If you wish to register by check or money order, you can do so by sending a personal check or money order to the following address. Be sure to indicate on the check the event(s) that you are registering for and provide us your email address so that we can send you a confirmation that we have received your payment!

Make checks payable to AVSIM Inc. and address to:

AVSIM 2005 Conference Registration
c/o Bill Dailey
11534 Links Drive,
Reston, Virginia USA 20190



The selected hotel for all of the AVSIM staff, exhibitors and attendees to the 2005 Conference and Exhibition is the Town & Country Resorts (To reserve a room, please use link below). Located in Mission Valley, the heart of San Diego, the Town and Country, set in 40 acres of tropical gardens, offers luxurious accommodations, countless amenities, and devoted attention to convention delegates alike. They offer restaurants and lounges, an outdoor pool, whirlpool, and sauna for your comfort and pleasure. Conveniently, the San Diego Trolley station is located next to the resort, so your family can tour about while you are enjoying the camaraderie. with your fellow simmers. The Town & Country Resorts offers attendees of the exhibition and conference a reduced room rate of $89.00 a night plus taxes (regular rate $169.00). Make your reservations now, as the number of available rooms is limited! When you register, provide the AVSIM Convention Group/Event code of Code Number when you fill in the registration form.

Reservations: The Town & Country Resort

Area Attractions: Map of the Area

Driving Directions From San Diego International Airport:

Take I-5 North to I-8 East to Hotel Circle Exit. Make a right at the traffic light on Hotel Circle. Town & Country Resort is on the right. Check-in time 3:00 pm and check-out time 11:00 am.

The Schedule: (Note: the times stated are tentative)

Friday, September 16th:

1:00 pm - 5:00 - Registration
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Cocktail Party

Saturday, September 17th:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Registration
9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Exhibition and papers (run concurrently)
7:00 PM - 10:00 pm - AVSIM's 2005 Awards Banquet

Sunday, September 18th:

9:00 am - 3:00 pm - Exhibition and papers (run concurrently)

Spouse/Family Activities:

There will be a spouse/family activity table set up. All attractions are a short trolley ride from the hotel. See the area attractions above.


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