MH 370 – A NEW CODE FOR GLOBAL COOPERATION

  MH 370 Less than three weeks ago, it was a flight code with top of mind awareness for only a small population of mostly airline, airport and air traffic control professionals. Today, and forever in the history books of our times, it represents a globally...

UNLOCKING THE SPIRIT OF THE MOMENT, SOONER

  It happens almost every time. Until the last days of the countdown, the air and airwaves are filled with questions. Sochi was no exception. Even into the single-digit countdown to the commencement of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, more bets were on failure than...

THE WORLD IN THE PASSENGER BESIDE YOU

  It is a familiar routine. Arrive at the airport, check in, through security with almost automated response to plastic bins needing feeding with tech toys, to the lounge, boarding gate, board, find seat, sit, ready for take-off. Ready for travel. We may pass by...

PARTING GIFT TO HIS PEOPLE

  December 05th, 2013. Midnight, South Africa time. It will forever be a day when people across the world will remember exactly where they were, what they were doing, when they heard the news: President Nelson Mandela has died. 20:59, at home, with family by his...

THE SATISFACTION OF HITTING ‘SEND’

  Again. Once again, the wrath of Mother Nature has left a section of the globe battered, bruised, broken. And at a level of helplessness beyond comprehension. Super Typhoon Haiyan bellowed, banged and unashamedly assaulted its way through the archipelago Asian...

FAMILIAR FACES, NOT FOREIGN PLACES

  Once again, just one month after a massive fire at NBO International Airport fire that stopped the movements of air transport (and interdependent tourist and trade flows), the hearts of the people of Kenya are stopped as terror has taken over a shopping mall in...

NBO – A BURNING REMINDER OF THE IMPORTANCE OF AVIATION

  As the stale scent of smoke lingers over the scorched remains of the international terminal of NBO airport in Kenya, so to do the questions. How did the fire start? What will be the value of the damage? How long will it take to recover? When will flights be...

PATIENCE AND PRAYER

  At different points on the world map, for very different reasons, millions watch…and wait…and wait…and pray. From Moscow to Pretoria, London to Cairo, the waiting continues, the days waiting accumulate, the story unfolds. In an airport in Russia, government...

THE SELFISHNESS OF SORROW

  With heavy hearts, the people of South Africa and the world wait, holding vigil, and their gaze on the Pretoria hospital that has housed the ailing President Mandela for three long weeks. Staring, anxious eyes and hearts, people pray, media gather, cameras...