Air Cargo Americas (ACA) gets
underway this week in Miami, October 29-31.
ACA is the Grand Daddy of American air cargo
industry gatherings—a wide, open, lusty, and frenetic couple of
days of warmth and Latin fellowship and spirit.
Yes, the event can also be a bit wild and
even rough around the edges, especially when the party gets going on the
trade show floor at 12 o’clock, or as the time is known here, high
Come To The Show
ACA gets underway at The Miami Airport &
Convention Center, a close by venue just off the main runways at Miami
International Airport October 29 at 0900 sharp.
This year an aggressive wide-ranging grouping
of sessions features top speakers and a list of hot button encounters.
There will be two sessions held each day,
the first at 0900 and then at 10:30, followed by the aforementioned trade
exhibits opening at high noon.
Registration is open on site so walk ups
are welcome and encouraged.
The full three- day conference and trade
show pass costs a reasonable $400.00. A Day Pass costs $150.00.
More information: www.aircargoamericas.com.
Larger Than Life Event
The old and young who network here are always
larger than life, representing the heart and soul of this American air
We have always thought that the location
of the ACA venue offered great access and opportunity for all at the event.
For certain, ACA is not as polished as some
trade shows, but dig a little deeper and embrace all of ACA, from its
pipe rail booths to the bigger, slicker display stands. The networking
is outstanding, the flavor is Latin as mentioned, and this event shines
out from the heart of air cargo.
Lady Charlotte Still At The Helm
tip of the hat goes to Charlotte Gallogly, President of the World Trade
Center Miami, who has been at the helm of this event since it began twenty-six
We might also add kudos to Eric Andrews
who is always a major part of the sessions mix.
Miami International Airport gets a nod as well.
No other gateway in the world has a biennial
cargo event of this size and dimension that has lasted as long, nor greeted
more members of the air cargo industry.
Now with TIACA nesting its biennial event
in Miami, the South Florida city can point to itself hosting a world-class
global event meant to gather and lift the air cargo universe every year.
Friends For So Many Years
Thinking about all the things we do while
employed in air cargo, making friends from all over the world is better
than anything else.
A curious thing occurs when we gather at
air cargo events—sooner or later, our humanity takes over.
The “mission” gets pushed back
and we become much more than the voices and faces and thinking of what
passes as air cargo today.
This is our life, this career in air cargo.
These are our friends who are there for us, like touchstones, whether
in Cape Town, Istanbul, Basel, or Rangoon.
What a great example of international relationships
these air cargo trade shows can be. People
from all over the world, connected by the desire to advance the speed
of international commerce, meeting in Miami, Florida, for a couple of
days in late October under the warmth of the sun.
Just when it’s getting cold on the
shoulder, ruling out any hope of one more languorous day up north, we
join the birds and the bees down south.
Don’t miss it.