Rightly or wrongly, I expected the FBO at Merced to reflect the general nature of the surrounding agricultural community. So the big, plush leather chairs, fancy tables, dark wood, and slick executive washroom with a beautiful tiled shower and subtle lighting and fixtures caught me off guard. And then, there was the Cirrus-wing conference table. Honest to god, it's the most creative, wonderful conference table I've seen in all of aviation. I'm sure more creative options exist out there -- I just haven't seen them. In the conference room of Gateway Aviation was a long, rectangular glass conference table, framed by black leather executive chairs … and supported by a graceful, white, composite Cirrus wing. Form meets function, in one beautiful moment of perfection. It could have been in a San Francisco art gallery. And here it was, in the FBO of Merced, California, a place best known for its chicken ranches.