Message from the ABC President


Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the Aircraft Builders Council is announcing today that the 2020 Annual Conference scheduled for September 20-22, 2020 in Naples, Florida has been canceled.  

Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our attendees, speakers and staff serves as the reason for our decision to cancel the conference.  Furthermore, wide-spread travel restrictions and quarantines have made travel unpredictable for the foreseeable future.  

We look forward to next year when we can reconvene the ABC community face-to-face, September 12-14, 2021, at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona.   In the meantime, ABC is exploring virtual seminar options to bring you this fall. 

We hope that each of you and your families are staying safe and well during this time. 

Kind regards, 
Joseph Gaug, 
President, Aircraft Builders Council 


During this pandemic, the ABC wishes to thank all first responders and the critical infrastructure workers involved in safeguarding the public’s health and safety as we face these uncertain times.  The list is vast but includes frontline healthcare providers and caregivers, hospital and lab personnel, biomedical facilities, health equipment manufacturers, blood and plasma donation centers, and all the workers that support these entities.  We especially want to thank law enforcement, public safety officers, fire fighters and other first responders who, despite their own risk, go above and beyond to save lives.  We thank the food and agriculture essential workers, and truckers and grocers, who keep stores stocked and nourishment on our tables.  We thank workers in the energy and financial sector, the electricity, petroleum, and transportation industries, and so many others that are working together to continue operations.  

Likely, we each know a family member or friend deemed an essential worker.  Or worse, maybe we know someone who has lost a job or become ill because of this terrible virus.   I have learned that right now it’s the simple things that count.  If you have the ability to do so, pick up a few essentials for workers who cannot get to the store (nonperishable food, cleaning wipes, tissues, TP, good hand lotion).  Maybe make a small donation for coffee or lunch to these essential workers.  Send them gift cards for restaurants offering curb side pickup and delivery; send them items for their children like sidewalk chalk, games or puzzles, offer them a subscription to a streaming service to help them unwind during off hours.  And of course if you have the ability to sew or donate masks; those are essential.  And finally, the least we can do is stay home, be as productive as possible, and contribute, as we are able, to those with less.  

– Joe Gaug, ABC President