We Are Back!

Step into the future of aviation engineering, repair, and manufacturing at the ACD Conference! Our highly anticipated event brings together industry pioneers, engineers, technicians, and enthusiasts to explore innovative solutions shaping the future of aviation. Join us for engaging discussions, hands-on workshops, and networking opportunities with leading professionals from around the world.
At ACD, we delve into cutting-edge technologies, sustainable practices, and groundbreaking methodologies revolutionizing the aviation landscape. Whether you're interested in aircraft design, component manufacturing, or advanced repair techniques, our conference offers valuable insights and actionable strategies to propel your career and business forward.

This will be our first in-person event back together since the Covid-19 Pandemic, and we are excited to reengage with the aviation industries leading DERs, Engineers, Quality managers, and engineer technology decision makers.


Embassy Suites by Hilton Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa
Date & Time
October 15, 2024, 10:00 AM - October 16, 2024 - 5:00 PM
This Is All Possible Due To Our Amazing Sponsors
October 15th        Registration
8:00-9:30 AM
Grab your name badge and get ready to meet with the aviation industries leading minds in the field of engineering, certification, and design!
10:00-11:00 AM     Coffee And Network- Exhibit Area Open
11:00 AM                First Session: 
12:30-1:30 PM        Lunch Break
1:30-2:30                Second Session: 
2:30-3:30                Breakout Discussion 
3:30-5:00 PM         Exhibit hall open
5:00 PM                  Closed For Evening
October 16th        Coffee and Network- Exhibit Area Open
9:00-10:00 AM
10:00-11:00 AM    Third Session: 
11:00-12:00            Breakout Sessions
12:00-1:00 PM       Lunch- Exhibit Area Open
1:00-2:00 PM         Final Session: 
3:00 PM                  Conference Closed
**We are locking in Aviation Specialist as speakers to ensure the conference is both relevant and educational. Check-in for schedule changes as we get closer to the event!
 Join us on October 15th
We look forward to hosting you!
The ACD Conference will be the leading education, application, and
connection initiative for FAA appointed certification professionals
through conferences, training, and other resources.

We will intentionally pursue being the premier event
​to support the aircraft certification community.
Gary Weissel
managing officer-
tronos aviation consulting inc.
 Gary Weissel is the Managing Officer of Tronos Aviation Consulting and leads all of the firm’s aviation related assignments. He has over 30 years of aviation industry experience and is the internal expert on the aircraft interiors, passenger interior products, program management, sourcing, market forecasting, growth strategy and contract negotiations. Mr. Weissel has provided advisory services to OEM’s, airlines, VVIP’s, MRO’s, Tier 1, 2 & 3 suppliers, investors, leasing companies and start-ups in the aviation industry. Prior to starting Tronos Aviation Consulting, Mr. Weissel was the co-Managing Officer of ICF SH&E’s Aviation and Aerospace Practice. He joined SH&E in 2000 specifically to start the Aircraft Interiors service line for the firm. He has extensive experience at market forecasting, strategy and technical management programs throughout the aviation industry. Prior to joining SH&E, Mr. Weissel was a Senior Program Manager with B/E Aerospace’s Seating Products Group where he was responsible for seating programs on a large variety of wide and narrow body Boeing and Airbus aircraft models. Mr. Weissel began his career with 9 years at Delta Air Lines in a variety of engineering and management positions. Mr. Weissel is a regular speaker at industry events and is often quoted in the aviation media. He holds an Aerospace Engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology where he regularly guest lectures. 
Jeff Smith
chief engineer Acd consultants
With a record of over 35 years of service in Aviation, and feats from Senior Powerplant Engineer for world-renowned engines and subassembly components such as the Pratt & Whitney JT8D, JT9D, 2035 to CEO, Jeff brings years of skill and wisdom to the table.

Jeff currently holds DERT-510376-CE Engines/APUs/Fuel– originally appointed in 1992, a repairman's certification, is an acting Quality Manager, Accountable Manager, and Repairman for a variety of FAA Approved Repair stations. Hundreds of Major Repairs have been approved in his careers as well as many individuals mentored to be current DER holders.

Rick Armstrong
founder & COO AeroParts group

Rick is an established Aviation-Aerospace professional and effectual leader with proven leadership ability to exceed sales goals:

With over 10+ years of inside/outside sales and more than 25 + years in the aviation industry, Rick has developed a recognized client centric reputation and network alliances of up and downstream aircraft services and organizations.
Rick’s previous and existing skill set includes FAA Repair Stations, Quality Management, Advanced Composite Repair, Inventory Management and Aviation Component Sales.
With a career and personal passion for developing relationships with clients and industry professionals, Rick began his career in 1986 as a technician and has since held leadership roles at recognized Aviation and Aerospace organizations.




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