Post Show Review

June/July2003 Despite the doom and gloom wrought by aviation's "perfect storm" caused by bankruptcies, war, and SARS; a total of 4,960 people came together in Las Vegas, Nevada May 13-15, 2003 to be a part of the inaugural co-location of AS3...


The military definition of aviation support equipment is much broader than the usual airline definition of GSE. Not only does it include many items that an airline would consider maintenance equipment, but it covers a variety of weapons handling equipment for anything from machine guns to nuclear weapons, all which must be handled with both care and speed.

Ms. Deuster noted that Warner Robins ALC handles 64,000 items with an inventory value of $6.3 billion dollars. Their procurement budget for three years is $760 million, coupled with an estimated repair budget of $25 million. They are responsible for over 7,000 Technical Orders. They do this despite a shortage of experienced personnel at Robins as many of the "old hands" stayed behind when the responsibility for support equipment was transferred from Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX.

The Robins ALC has been, and will continue to be, heavily involved in the efforts of the Air Force to convert to alternative fuels and, in particular, to hydrogen powered fuel cells. Carl Perazzola, who heads their Advanced Power Technology Office, participated in the standing room only Expo session - Electric Power - Fuel Cells, Batteries, Hybrids, which took place on the last day of the show. Attendees were brought up-to-date on the many avenues that the branches of the military are following in the development and implementation of alternative power sources.

The ALC utilizes the Federal Business Opportunities web site found at www.fedbizopps.gov to advertise Federal government procurements over $25,000 and Ms. Deuster encourages small businesses to work with the Air Force. The Warner Robins Air Logistic Center Small Business Office website is www.robins.af.mil/smallbusiness/index.htm - George Prill

Seminars
Seminars and training sessions have been important to both AS3 and GSE Expo shows in the past and this year was no different. NATA and PAMA had several opportunities for owner/operators, technicians, and other attendees with a full series of informative sessions including the NATA Safety 1st Trainer Seminar and the Washington Update. PAMA offered many technical seminars as well as the popular PAMA Maintenance Olympics for the aircraft maintenance technician attendees.

On the GSE Expo side of the house, the conference schedule offered daily seminars within the overarching themes of Environment, Alternative, and Traditional Fuels; Terrorism, Homeland Security; and Equipment Management and Maintenance.

Faces of AS3/GSE Expo: (far left) Boeing's booth men- Jerry Paluszek, Gordon Hendry, and Scott Oss. (center photo)-  John Lindner of Air BP (left) and FMI Truck's President, Don Emerson, gave presentations on the latest in managing, maintaining, and modifying GSE. (far right) -  Regent Mfg. Inc.'s new regime - Chairman Yudie Fishman (left) with President and COO, Gregory Holmes.

Washington DC-based Malyszek and Malyszek Federal Government Contract Consulting & Litigation firm discussed GSE's place in Homeland Security as well as how to go about submitting proposals to the 22 agencies within the five major divisions of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Attorney Robert J. Malyszek told the audience that the DHS "has a lot of money but needs guidance as to exactly what they need" and outlined for attendees as to how to find contacts as well as approach those contacts with a solid proposal for business.

The Electric Power - Fuel Cells, Batteries, Hybrids panel discussion provided the standing room only crowd with a look into the future of advancing technologies for equipment as well as the requirements for infrastructure critical to the support of new products for military and commercial use. The panel was moderated by Bob Wertz, senior program engineer, Concurrent Technologies Corp. and panel members included: Carl Perazzola, P.E., director, Advanced Power Transition Office, United States Air Force; Brian Weeks, manager, Planning Infrastructure Dept., Chevron Texaco Corp.; Scott Kenner, senior electrical engineer, Concurrent Technologies Corp.; Ryan Gibson, GSE product manager, AeroVironment Inc.; Mark Schultz, principal analyst, Intellimotive; Kevin Vogler, global sales manager, Ballard Power Systems; and Jennifer Schafer, director of Federal Government Relations, Plug Power.

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