Meridian once again proudly participated as an exhibitor at the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) Regional Forum in San Jose, CA, on Thursday, March 5. The award-winning private aviation company sent associates from several functional areas, including Aircraft Management, Charter Sales and Operations, Customer Service, and Marketing. Representatives from both coasts were on hand to greet customers, prospects, vendors, and friends.
Carlos Rodriguez, General Manager of Meridian Hayward, was very impressed with the event. “This Forum is a great opportunity for us in Hayward (California) because San Jose is a short ride away, and the event brings together business aviation people from all over the West Coast and particularly the Northern California Region. It’s really a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with new customers, reconnect with associates, and network with industry colleagues.”
NBAA held the trade show at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC). The one-day event drew a crowd of about 1,500 attendees, and featured 140 exhibitors, 19 aircraft and 5 displays showing the industry’s latest technologies, products and services.
The forum was held in conjunction with three different Northern California Business Aviation Association events, demonstrating strong interest from California companies and their members.
The event got underway with opening session remarks from Dr. David Farnie, medical director of Medaire’s Global Response Center, who provided a timely update on novel coronavirus, with the goal of enabling attendees to make informed decisions regarding travel. He also provided common-sense tips for avoiding illness.
The business aviation community’s strong commitment to aviation sustainability was also in focus at the forum. A panel led by Mike Nichols, CAM, CAE and NBAA’s senior vice president of strategy and innovation, engaged session attendees with information on sustainable aviation fuels, and answered operators’ questions about the blends.
The forum also included an urban air mobility panel featuring Scott Akina from Quantum XYZ, Dave Merrill from Elroy Air and Mark Moore from Uber Elevate. Elroy Air showcased at the forum its Chaparral, a hybrid, 500-pound payload, 300-mile-range aerial cargo delivery system.
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen remarked on the forum’s timely and informative educational content, tangible energy on the exhibit floor and exciting previews of business aviation’s future. “This week’s forum proved to be another valuable addition to NBAA’s series of regional events, and our overall 2020 lineup,” Bolen said. “We were pleased with the strong turnout, we had a great day in San Jose, and we look forward to welcoming business aviation professionals to our upcoming events.”
Meridian will be participating at NBAA’s next event, which will be the 2020 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference from March 10-13 in Charlotte, NC. We hope to see you there!