That's what I have.
Regrets!! Halls filled with attendees and exhibitors milling around booths of GSE Expo and AS3 attributed to the success of the trade show, which also held the Flight Chiefs Meeting and Joint Panel. Add PAMA and NATA Technical Sessions and Industry Overviews and it was one heck of a show.
My answer is simple. "There were not enough people there."
You say: "That is ridiculous! There were 6,000 in attendance, almost 500 Exhibitors; it was the biggest and best EXPO ever."
I reply. "I know all that, but I regret that there were many fine members of the GSE community that were not able to come and had to stay home to run their airline or FBO. I regret that there were Exhibitors who settled for a little booth instead of bringing their wonderful new GSE for all to admire and buy."
You say: "Prill, you are greedy."
I say, "No, I just want all to share in the joy and satisfaction that comes from participating in the GATHERING OF THE CLAN. The annual event that recognizes and celebrates the men and women who design, build and operate the equipment that makes it possible for airlines and Air Forces to get off the ground. People who work 'behind the scenes,' never applauded; but without whom the curtain would never go up. Next year, I want 10,000 attendees and a Parade of GSE down the Las Vegas Strip; led by the Editor riding on a white bag tractor.
I know that is probably asking too much. But, seriously, I had such a good time at the EXPO, seeing old friends and new equipment that I would like to share it with even more of our readers. I had the opportunity to meet and greet the US Department of Defense Joint Panel on Aviation Support Equipment and the World Wide US Air Force Flight Chiefs Conference.
What a great bunch the Flight Chiefs are! During their biannual meeting, the men and women who run the aerospace ground equipment in the Air Force from all the Commands around the world as well as from the National Guard and Reserves get an opportunity not only to be brought up-to-date on developments but to visit the EXPO. Colonel Dave Nakayama, the director of support equipment and vehicle maintenance, made a special trip from his headquarters at Warner Robins AFB in Georgia to open and address their meeting. It was a pleasure to meet him and I hope that we will be able to continue to support him and the procurement managers at Warner Robins and Eglin Air Force bases who are striving to get equipment out to the warfighters of the Air Force.
On page 32 you will find a summary of the presentations made by the outstanding panels during the EXPO, but I want to focus on the theme of all our sessions. "THE FUTURE." I don't remember whether it was Aristotle or Casey Stengle that said, "predicting anything is tough, but especially if it is about the future." But, even though many of us would prefer the past, the future is where we all must live. We had some great talent doing the forecasting and I wish that I could say that all of the forecasts were rosy. But they were not.
We started out the EXPO with a Monday evening session with Dr. Paul MacCready, the Founder and Chairman of Aerovironment Inc. Dr. MacCready is, in my opinion, one of the few geniuses in the world of aerospace.