Subsequently, NAAPE successfully held its maiden delegates Conference on 17th & 18th May, 1984 at the Nigeria Airways Sports Club, G.R.A, Ikeja, Lagos (now demised). The Conference elected the first National Executive Council (NEC) – now National Administrative Council (NAC) – with Capt. Ade Olubowale, who worked with Aero Contractors, as the first National President of NAAPE.
The NEC then appointed Comrade Michael Ekugum as the first General Secretary (then called Professional Secretary) in June, 1984.
Thereafter, the NEC set the machinery in motion for the registration of the Association as a trade union which was accomplished in August, 1985.