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AVIATION POST-CRISIS EMPLOYMENT

All over the world is well documented that in the past year a vast number of people lost their positions. In comparison with other sectors and industries, aviation suffered mostly in terms of job losses. Airlines, airport operators, ground handling companies along with many other air-transport related businesses lost a major part of their workforce. For me, the most difficult …

Industry News Stories

ICAO to investigate seeming diversion The apparently diverted flight from Athens to Vilnius has certainly generated a degree of confusion and turbulence. Following Ryanair’s instructed landing, the air transport and travel sectors try to understand the repercussions for international flights over this region.  As a result, the ICAO Council expressed strong concerns regarding this incident. Having convened at a special …

Industry News Stories

Climate-friendly approach by Munich Airport I read with great interest the airport’s press release on “green kerosene”. From next month, aircraft operating from Munich airport will be able to use this climate-friendly fuel. The company announced that Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) will be stored at the airport’s fuel farm. They also believe that the SAF approved tank and refuelling system …

Dealing with runway incursions

For the biggest part of aviation history, the industry has enjoyed an excellent safety record. In fact, as time passed, operational conditions improved and our awareness on accident and incident prevention heightened. Nonetheless, anticipating that traffic numbers – hopefully – will reinstate to pre-pandemic levels very soon; it makes good sense to remind ourselves about safety in operations. For this …

The plan can never fail!

“The emergencies you train for, almost never happen. It’s the one you can’t train for that kills you”. These words by American aviator and author Ernest K. Gann have always stimulated my interest in aviation safety. We can extract one meaning from his statement and for this; I can vouch from my own experience. ‘Be prepared for any eventuality’. For …

Syed Ali Shahid (Duty Manager Airside)

Working as Duty Manager Airside, Ali Shahid has learned to keep up with operational challenges in a fast-paced aerodrome environment. His commitment and dedication for what he does becomes evident when you meet him and starts talking about his work. Ali works for Dubai Airports Company. He is well respected within the airport community and among all of his colleagues …

China’s global aviation rivalry

I wonder how long it will take China to become the world’s biggest aviation market. In addition, should we expect China soon to become the leader in air transport industry? In recent times, the country is marching rapidly towards global supremacy in many domains. My understanding is that firstly, China will establish regional hegemony and then from there to project …

How Working Roles Changed

I have been thinking a lot recently, how some roles and job characteristics might have changed as result from the happenings of the past year. Having a higher awareness and alertness about hazards, I envisage particular aspects of our working environment in the future to be different from how they were twelve months ago. I am talking about traits, features …

Airports in adverse weather

There is something exciting and remarkable about airport winter operations. Over the past few days, I have followed how the heavy snowfall affected European airports. Once again, some locations were clearly stunned by the storms. The situation brings back amazing memories from the time when I served in operational roles among a team of colleagues who worked extremely hard to …

The laser beam hazard

In recent times, we have experienced a trend that poses great risk to aircrews and flight safety. ‘Laser pointing’ is a practice carried out by brain-muddled individuals and is extremely dangerous. A number of States and governments around the world, including Canada, United Kingdom and Australia, have taken the matter seriously to the extent of introducing firm legislation to ensure …

Worrying traffic figures

For anyone who understands the aviation industry, the traffic figures published today by Heathrow Airport are rather worrying. On an article titled Restart Aviation for Global Britain, the company listed generic traffic figures for 2020 as well as a description of all traffic specifically for the month of last December. Last year’s traffic figures show the damaging effects that lockdowns, …

Recovery of the Sleeping Beauties

What will airport terminals look like after the pandemic crisis is over? One day when the authorities and scientists will tell us it is safe to return fully to normality, I wonder what the new ‘normal’ will be like for passenger terminal buildings. I have always viewed these structures as exceptional arenas where emotions, sentiments, anxieties, fears, joys and thrills …