Thanks to longtime client Patrick Sniffin with Signature Flight Support, my colleague Kevin Jenks and I are San Diego-bound next week. We’ll be attending our first-ever NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, January 14-18. Patrick’s been telling us how great the conference is, and we’ve decided it’s high time we experience it ourselves.

The conference includes more than 30 sessions sure to both educate and inspire. Hundreds of exhibits will keep us on the move. (We’re thinking of packing rollerblades.) It’ll also be a great time to network with other attendees – including chief pilots, directors and department managers. This priceless face time helps us better understand these key target audiences – from what they’re reading to what they’re reading it on.

We’re looking forward to a number of the presentations, specifically Coca-Cola, John Deere and Qualcomm. Sessions go beyond how businesses uses business aviation (a subject we never tire of) to how you create a healthier flight department, the intricacies of scheduling international flights, managing traffic flow, providing optimal emergency responses, and even financial reporting.

San Diego, here we come.