Get No Respect
Great to see you shine a well-deserved spotlight
on the work of Urs Wiesendanger and Bob Rogers. (FlyingTypers, April
10, 2018) They really deserve some recognition for their ongoing devotion
to the safe and better handling of ULDs.
Your article brought back many memories of the
numerous meetings where I used to run into Urs and Bob.
Some memorable meetings come to mind: IATA Vancouver
and Bangkok, TIACA Amsterdam, ACE in Munich, etc., etc. I first participated
with the IATA ULD Interline group at a meeting in Tokyo in 1982 where
I met the famous (and sadly, since deceased) Fred Flückiger of Swissair.
Fred was the main force behind an early and excellent ULD control system,
which was later sold to SITA Cargo.
I like to think that I had some influence over
SITA purchasing this system.
When SITA came to try and sell me their Cargo
management system in Bahrain, I asked "What about a ULD control module?
They did not have it at the time, but within a very short time the IATA/Swissair
ULD control system was added to the Cargo Management suite of solutions.
Talking about Unloved Devices, from my experience
nobody at a station cares about ULDs until they are out of stock. I recall
a carrier, which I shall not name that had to stop passenger check in
at Heathrow Terminal 3 because of a lack of cans.
Of course the flight suffered a delay.
They had to wait until the inbound containers
had been unloaded before they could accept more passengers.
Does that still happen today, I wonder?
Keeping ULD stock balanced was a major headache
but made much easier with the former SITA (now CHAMP Cargosystems) ULD
I also recall the heartache of brand new pallets,
which I had managed with great difficulty to purchase for the carrier,
returning from India and Pakistan with the nets cut off.
Or watching cargo-handling staff using a forklift
to pick up containers by the roof, and watching all the rivets pop.
The quality and condition of the ULD equipment is a good indicator of
the quality of the airline.
Of course nowadays most carriers lease units
and they look worse than ever.
Please relay my very best wishes to Urs and Bob
and all the others from the "ULD World."
Loved the Rodney Dangerfield clip. Brings back
even more Memories :-)
Keep up the great work.
Champ Cargosystems (ret.)