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   Vol. 16 No. 56
Wednesday July 5, 2017

Knockout Airport Session In Orlando

     The U.S. Airforwarders Association AirCargo 2017 Conference in Orlando, Florida (June 2-4), included two outstanding and very well received sessions. The first discussed how todays airports are meeting the challenges they face, while the second focused on areas the global air cargo industry should consider for airports of the future.
      The first session featured speakers from Miami, Atlanta, and Chicago.

Three Amigos

      Here, a leading trio of major U.S. aerial gateways seemed to have much more in common than previously assumed.
      All three airports stressed common concerns in the need for continuing outreach to their regional cargo community and building stakeholder involvement. Each addressed landside congestion and developing new facilities and infrastructure to accommodate forecast growth.

Emin PinedaMiami, Gateway To The World

      Miami-Dade Aviation Department Manager Aviation Trade and Logistics Emir Pineda indicated Miami is adding new landside connections to the highway system. He emphasized its focus on supporting and growing the Latin markets with initiatives in Pharma handling and clearance and its new sea-air program, which involves close collaboration with federal agencies.

Atlanta Turns The Page

      Elliott Paige, Director Air Service Development at Atlanta, discussed their landside initiatives, which many regard as state-of-the-art among airports.
      ATL’s TruckPass system, developed and continually refined through collaboration with the cargo community, dramatically reduced congestion and has increased the efficiency of their cargo facilities. The system has attracted the interest of other airports that face similar challenges and is also drawing interest at the federal level from USDOT with a view to making it a best practice approach for U.S. airports.

Adam RodA-Rod Emphasizes Chicago

       The session concluded with Adam Rod of Chicago’s Planning Division. Chicago O’Hare has successfully addressed the capacity challenges it has faced over the past decade with the addition of more than 1,000,000 square feet of new facilities and apron parking for 15 wide-body aircraft.
      One of the important elements of Chicago’s efforts has been its ability to integrate sustainability and employee amenities into the new facilities.
      The success of the new developments is tied in large measure to the airport’s efforts in improving landside connectivity to regional roadways.

Barb SchempfSchempf In Cincinnati

      Barb Schempf, Vice President of Planning and Development for Cincinnati, Ohio, spent some time looking into the future.
      As you read this that airport may be evolving in logistics faster and more extensively than any other gateway in North America.
      In addition to its role as one of the global hubs for an expanding DHL operation, CVG has begun the process to completely redevelop all its other cargo facilities, adding new aircraft apron and landside roadways.
      CVG Property has been allocated for the inclusion of freight forwarding and trucking operations as well as other services essential to the cargo industry.
      But the biggest impact will come from the 900-acre Amazon hub operation, which will propel the airport to the leading edge of e-commerce.
      The key point emphasized in the presentation was the need for vision and comprehensive planning to position the airport to successfully address the long-term operating and physical planning requirements of the industry.

Dan MuscatelloDan The Man

      Our vote for most thought-provoking presentation was delivered by Dan Muscatello, Vice President for Cargo and Logistics at Landrum & Brown, one of the industry’s leading airport consultants.
      Dan was not so much intent on answering questions as he was on encouraging the industry to begin asking questions.
      The discussion looked at the potential impacts that a relatively modest theoretical annual growth of 2 percent in passengers, cargo, and operations until 2040 would have on 15 airports, ranging from smaller facilities to major cargo gateways.

Growth Is Major Challenge

       For many airports, that potential for an overall 61 percent growth by 2040 would present major challenges in accommodating projected future numbers.
      Dan explained that most airports would see substantial landside congestion, issues with runway capacity, facility and infrastructure shortfalls, and in a number of instances, air space problems.

Time To Pack Up & Relocate

      From the “now what do we do?” scenario, Dan’s presentation created a “what if” thought piece wherein the decision is taken to relocate all or part of a gateway’s overtaxed cargo operations to a different airport.

A New Deal For Air Cargo?

      Dan provided a layout for a new kind of aviation logistics center that included specialized facilities for variable range drones (including water-based craft) and hybrid airships, high speed logistics centers, 3D printing operations, and truck consolidation and distribution centers in addition to traditional cargo operations.

Looking Ahead

      Ponder for a moment the conceptual plan here and consider if some or all of these operations could be coming to an airport near you.
      We welcome comments and discussion with thanks once again to the aforementioned airport and Dan Muscatello.

Chuckles For July 1, 2014

Goodrich Charters UAE To Kazakhstan

  Goodrich Kazakhstan moved a canopy system from the UAE for construction projects underway in Astana, Kazakhstan.
  The cargo required chartering an IL76 and two B-747s.
  And you thought they only made car and truck tires (a joke!).
Rachael Humphrey  Goodrich is a member of Project Cargo Network (PCN). Created by Rachael Humphrey in 2010, PCN provides heavy lift and project cargo specialists access to a trusted, worldwide network of specialists.
  The next annual meeting of PCN will be held in Prague from November 19-21.

Robert Keen  Director General of BIFA Robert Keen gets the quote of the week:
  “The UK government needs to keep an open mind on solutions needed for the post-Brexit period, rather than throwing out the baby with the bathwater by having an inflexible attitude on ongoing membership of the customs union.”
  Amen to that, brother!


Rick Elieson
  Where In The World Is Rick Elieson?
  Find out next week in FlyingTypers.

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Stronger In Hard Times Spark To Us All

     Beloved mother, grandmother, wife, and pioneering woman in computer programming, Saida Khan died at home in Kalamazoo early Saturday morning, July 1, 2017.
     She was 93 years old.
     Born in Bhavnagar, India, Saida met and married Muzaffer Khan, a well-respected criminal and corporate lawyer in 1949.
     The couple had three children: Ahsan, Sabiha, and Saleem.
     Always quite determined to succeed, while her children were growing up Saida worked for the ICI Foundation in Karachi, Pakistan, and in her spare time took courses to learn a new skill in auto mechanics and radio repair.
     “My mother migrated to the United States in 1975 following her children,” recalled her eldest son, Ahsan Khan.
     “She immediately learned how to drive and landed a job as administrative assistant at Lincoln National Life Insurance in Fort Wayne, Indiana, while learning data processing in night school.”
     During those early years in the U.S., Saida Khan worked around the clock, pulling herself up by the bootstraps to get ahead in America.
     “My mother had a long and quite interesting life,” Saleem Khan recalled.
     “She was invited to teach the Urdu language to Mahatma Gandhi, but being very young and shy she decided to pass on that offer.
     “Later as a computer programmer she worked on and was recognized for a program she created for the Pentagon."
     “The remarkable thing about Ammi (mother),” Ahsan Khan said, “was that she was well into middle age and had raised a family, and still had the drive and determination to start from scratch in her newly adopted country—the United States of America.”
     Into her mid-50s, Saida was surrounded by people half her age.
     “Ammi excelled in her career at Lincoln and made lots of friends,” her son Ahsan recalled.
     “She was quite independent, and enjoyed spending her time relaxing with a good book or the newspaper.
     “Ammi also had a very dry wit.”
     Her nephew Professor Zahir Quraeshi (Western Michigan University) recalls:
     “I used to always love to tease Saida Khala when she would smile that wonderfully impish grin, asking her, ‘what are you smiling about?’ I always knew it was something she was recalling with her special take on life.
     “Her observations on things like family and life are fondly remembered.”
     “Among all her many gifts, Ammi had also developed an artistic talent for creating hand-drawn holiday cards for Eid and Christmas, birthdays and special occasions. I treasure those personal artifacts,” recalled Saida’s daughter, Sabiha. “I was in awe of all she accomplished in life. She is a constant inspiration for me.
     “Ammi was a no-nonsense kind of person. She always challenged me to do more and better myself,” Sabiha said.
     “She also imbued in all her children a spirit of volunteerism and social justice. I can remember as teenagers volunteering at hospitals and orphanages.”
     “In later life, at Crossroads Senior Residence in Portage,” Ahsan said, “Ammi worked in the library and also at The Portage Senior Center training people, young and old, in the use of computers.”
     Both Lincoln National Life Insurance and computer giant IBM recognized Saida Khan’s work as a pioneering woman in IT.
     She received several commendations during her tenure from both companies.
     On Sunday July 2, 2017, Saida Khan ended her long and fruitful journey and was laid to rest in the Ever-Rest Cemetery in Kalamazoo. She joins her husband, Muzaffer, who died in March 2009.
     In attendance at her graveside were her three children, grandchildren, and their families, and a large cross-section of distinguished community leaders.
     Thinking about Saida and how she quietly left us very early this past Saturday, July 1, it brings to mind a wonderfully uplifting sentiment from Mahalia Jackson:
                    Well, in that great gettin' up mornin'
                    (Fare ye well, fare ye well)
                    Well, in that great gettin' up mornin'
                    (Fare ye well, fare ye well).

Geoffrey Arend

(Special thanks to Ahsan Khan, Sabiha & Flossie Arend, & Zahir Quraeshi )

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