April 16-18, 2013. This was an event for senior-level military and industry leaders in sustainment, maintenance, repair, and overhaul. Aviation Week MRO Americas and MRO Military claimed to understand that travel budgets are tight and growing tighter. The priority was to deliver the most up-to-date and accurate information to an aviation audience. They condensed the MRO military program, usually two days, into one consolidated day of information, analysis, and program updates to deliver the best value for money. Briefings covered: GFY 2013 and 2014 budget reviews and their impact to MRO business, global defense sustainment market forecasts, industry perspectives on sustainment and sequestration, how emerging innovations can drive greater defense affordability, and how industry can help DoD deploy performance-based sustainment strategies. Is “sustainment” actually a word?
March 26-28, 2013. SITL in Paris was all about logistics solutions. The show brought together all the products and innovative services dedicated to the supply, distribution and the supply chain of tomorrow for the benefit of the goods transportation and logistics services community. The expo offering was completed by Intralogistics, the exhibition for handling equipment in manufacturing and distribution held concurrently with SITL, and bringing together all handling equipment and automated systems which process and rationalize the physical movements of supply, production and distribution. In total, 25,000 delegates poured through the doors. Transport Intelligence published a unique new report on the European e-commerce market, which provided a comprehensive overview of the size of the market, recent trends and developments and profiles of key logistics providers and post offices that provide e-commerce services, as well as the supply chain operations of major retailers. People seemed, well… transported…
March 21-23, 2013. MATS is the Mid-America Trucking Show, and it’s for all them drivin’ fools that pull 18 wheels or similar. This is more than just a tradeshow. It is the annual forum and celebration for the heavy-duty trucking industry, providing face-to-face interaction between industry representatives and trucking professionals. Attendees are “driven” to MATS because they can efficiently research the latest products and services to provide their business with a competitive edge. Exhibitors participate in MATS to effectively introduce new offerings, increase brand awareness, promote products and connect with suppliers, customers, and prospects. It’s common knowledge that if you want to conduct business in the trucking industry, you have to be at MATS. It’s not just about raw power, outsized tires, flame-out paint-jobs and chrome, y’know. This here is a serious bidness, youse truckers…! I’m tellin’ ya…!
March 25-28, 2013. AEA stands for the Aircraft Electronics Association, which represents more than 1,300 aviation businesses including repair stations that specialize in maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. AEA membership includes instruments facilities, manufacturers of avionics equipment, instrument manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers, major distributors, and educational institutions. The AEA has an Ambassador Program, created to encourage stronger professional relationships between AEA repair station members and FAA Flight Standards District Offices. As an ambassador, an AEA member representative agrees to keep local FSDOs informed about AEA events, meetings and news. Since its inception, the Ambassador Program has helped to increase FAA personnel attendance at the AEA regional meetings and annual convention. Sort of like “flying to the aid of the industry…”
March 11-14, 2013. At Cruise Shipping Miami boat people could launch new products, unveil services, meet cruise industry buyers and attend conferences covering up-to-date topics on matters relating to Cruise Shipping. No other event, we heard, brings together the international cruise industry like the Cruise Shipping Miami conference and tradeshow. For 30 years, Cruise Shipping Miami has been and continues to be the must-attend event for buyers and suppliers, we heard. This was a stimulating week of innovation, education and networking. CSM 2013 attracted a broad range of industry players and delivered the audience sellers were looking for — cruise industry buyers and decision makers, unlocking business potential across all shipping and related product sectors. Definitely worth “cruising around”…
March 4-7, 2013. Heli Expo is short for the Helicopter Association International Show. This year it hosted 60 helicopters, 736 exhibitors, and 20,393 attendees, making it once again the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exposition. Early this year the association hosted an industry forum at which senior FAA representatives addressed members’ questions about the regulations and oversight requirements for public-aircraft operations. The forum also included a presentation by the National Transportation Safety Board. Helicopters can make quite a noise, so staying in good standing with the neighbors is important. It was therefore good to hear that “The most important benefit of responding to a citizen complaint is the opportunity to assure the community that helicopter operators hear their concerns, and are reducing noise impacts when possible. HAI’s Fly Neighborly Program helps reduce noise impacts to the community and provides the cornerstone for an effective noise management program”. Shhhhhhhhh!
March 3-6, 2013. TCA is the Truckload Carriers Association, dedicating itself to operational efficiency, industry awareness, public policy, recruitment and retention – some common issues for an uncommon industry. TCA is apparently the only national trade association whose sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, intermodal container, and end-dump carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. The challenges faced by truckload demand solutions, we heard, are tackled from a unique perspective. TCA has a long history that includes several name changes throughout the years. The organization has its origins in two separate groups: the Contract Carrier Conference (founded 1938) and the Common Carrier Conference – Irregular Route (founded 1941). In 1983, these groups merged to become the Interstate Carriers Conference, which changed its name to Interstate Truckload Carriers Conference in 1988. Names by the truckload…!