TOWER: “I feel like an idiot but maintain visual with the boat, you’re still clear to land 35” PILOT: “Affirmative 2247” TOWER: “Affirmative that I’m an idiot or, that you’re gonna maintain a visual?” PILOT: “No comment”   Language proficiency plays an important role in aviation safety. From the need to communicate clearly and efficiently,… Continue reading LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY IN AVIATION


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Prosperous business and organizations are well aware of the importance of effective workplace communication. In fact, ‘team communication’ is vital for success, whether we are talking about objectives, safety, operations or leadership. Even so, for communication to be effective it must be genuine, regular, clear and consistent. Not forgetting, communication is a ‘two-way street’ where… Continue reading WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION AND CHANGE

End of Month News Stories

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Bigger summer schedule by Ryanair Read with great interest the latest Ryanair statement in which the company announced a big increase on their flights for the coming summer. The programme will mainly concentrate on the airline’s Dublin operations with accompanying increases on investment and jobs. According to the company this is their biggest ever schedule.… Continue reading End of Month News Stories


Man open disaster and emergency response plan for reading.

It seems extreme foolish for anyone who manages a business or an organization to believe that nothing can go wrong. In reality, a number of things could and possibly will go wrong at some point. A member of staff calling off work, could leave you unable to provide a service. Equipment breakdown will leave you… Continue reading PLAN AHEAD – AVOID DISASTER


Forest fire. fallen tree is burned to the ground a lot of smoke when wildfire

The forest fires that broke out in Greece in the past few days are nothing less than heart-breaking.  The situation is distressing not only for the Greek people, for anyone who can bear a little compassion for others and possibly cares a fraction about nature. Watching the television images seeing households and entire villages in… Continue reading A DISASTER OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS

Dealing with runway incursions

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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… Continue reading Dealing with runway incursions

Managing Operational Hazards

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The fact that hazards come together with airport and aircraft operations, is an open secret. However, as the eminent aviation pioneer and author Amelia Earhart once said: “To worry is to add another hazard”. Therefore, we have learned to live with risks in aviation. This goes for the public, authorities, operators and all those associated… Continue reading Managing Operational Hazards

The plan can never fail!

A plane that has crashed near a tropical island.

“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… Continue reading The plan can never fail!

The ‘WFH’ phenomenon

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Businesses and individuals find themselves in a – relatively – new reality now. ‘Working from home’, is the popular concept, which has been vividly in-place over the past year. However, is the phenomenon a blessing or an anathema? For both companies and individuals, there are certainly numerous flexible possibilities that come with this practice. Interestingly,… Continue reading The ‘WFH’ phenomenon

Employability in aviation after the pandemic

I was invited to take part in an online roundtable discussion last week, on the subject of Employability in Aviation after the Covid-19 pandemic. Along with other industry experts and professionals from diverse backgrounds, we analysed the employment situation within the aviation sector following events and experiences over the past year.  The workshop organized by… Continue reading Employability in aviation after the pandemic