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Universal Avionics Sponsors Dick Rutan as Keynote Speaker at the
56th Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show

Aviation Record Holder, Dick Rutan, to Deliver Keynote Address during Opening Ceremonies

Tucson, AZ – March 25, 2013 – Universal Avionics is pleased to continue its sponsorship of the Official Opening Ceremonies at the 56th Annual Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) International Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Opening Ceremonies will take place at 8:30AM on Tuesday, March 26th in the Grand Ballroom South of the MGM Grand Resort and Convention Center.

One of the most popular sessions of the convention, this year's Official Opening Ceremonies will feature aviation record holder, Dick Rutan, as the keynote speaker.

As a pilot, entrepreneur and adventurer, Mr. Rutan founded Voyager Aircraft Inc. in early 1981. Mr. Rutan is best known for making history in December 1986, completing a nine-day, nonstop and non-refueled flight around the world in a Voyager, establishing a flight-endurance record. This record earned Mr. Rutan the Presidential Citizen's Medal of Honor, presented to him at a special ceremony by President Ronald Reagan. More recently, in July 2002, Mr. Rutan was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio. To this day, no aircraft has topped the Voyager's 26,358 statute miles.

Before setting record flights, Mr. Rutan joined the United States Air Force at age 19, later becoming a lieutenant. Serving during the Vietnam War, Mr. Rutan completed 325 combat missions with the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing at Phu Cat Air Base. Through his military career, Mr. Rutan was awarded the Silver Star, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, 16 Air Medals and a Purple Heart.

To learn more about Mr. Rutan, visit Don't forget to stop by Universal Avionics' booth #329 after the AEA Official Opening Ceremonies, during show hours March 26th-28th.

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