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   Vol. 16 No. 64
Thursday August 10, 2017

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AirportsóDon't Get Ashley Started

     Airports are powerful drivers of economic growth, insists Ashley Sng, Research Analyst, Economic Affairs, Airports Council International-North America and Secretary of the ACI-NA Air Cargo Committee.
     The youthful executive declares, “America’s airports generate more than $1.2 trillion in annual economic activity, accounting for 8% of GDP.
     “Air cargo is a facilitator of that economic growth, with airports being a key piece of the puzzle.
     “In 2016, more than 99% of air cargo in the U.S. passed through Airports Council International North America—ACI-NA’s member airports.

Big Part of USACIA

     “ACI-NA joins Cargo Network Services (CNS) next month in Washington on September 6 as a collaborator at the 2nd annual U.S. Air Cargo Industry Affairs (USACIA) Summit.

Gathering of Champions

     “The Summit is important as it brings together champions in the U.S. air cargo industry to present a unique forum to highlight to government officials, the importance of air cargo and the various issues challenging the industry.
     “Over the years, air cargo has grown in importance at ACI-NA.
     “Starting as a subcommittee of the Economics Committee in 1993, the Air Cargo Committee is now one of 16 standing Committees today with over 200 members.
      “Through the active participation of its airport and associate members, the Air Cargo Committee delves into a broad spectrum of cargo-related issues and their effect on both airports and the intermodal transportation of goods.”

The Full Menu

     The ACI Cargo Committee addresses important subjects including security and other regulatory mandates, international air service, U.S. freight policies, and financial and management strategies relating to cargo operations.

USACIA Summit Important

Numbers Are Sky Rocketing

     “With air cargo in the U.S. growing 2% in 2016, the industry is expected to continue to strengthen in 2017 and beyond, in line with longer-term growth trends,” Ashley reports.
     “The FAA’s Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years 2016-2036 predicts that cargo traffic will more than double from 35.9 billion revenue ton miles to 74.8 billion revenue ton miles in 2036.

Time To Build More

     “The above number increases, coupled with strong passenger growth, require U.S. airports to ensure that their infrastructure is modernized to maintain their leadership in the global aviation system.”
     According to a comprehensive study conducted by ACI-NA, airports have $100 billion in infrastructure needs over the next five years to accommodate growth in passenger and cargo activity, rehabilitate existing facilities, and support aircraft innovation.

Billions For Air Cargo

     “Of that amount, Ashley said, ” an estimated $1-$1.5 billion is required to fund projects dedicated to air cargo activity.
     “Projects include improvements to landside access, expansion of airport operations area for cargo aircraft, and construction of new cargo buildings and facilities.
     “As the voice of airports, ACI-NA’s mission is to advocate for airport priorities that strengthen our members’ ability to serve their passengers, customers and communities.
     “Our participation, Ashley assures,” in the USACIA Summit is an excellent opportunity to ensure that airports’ needs are well understood by air cargo and government stakeholders.
     “ACI is committed to building on our work through partnering with CNS and other associations to keep air cargo moving forward,” he concluded.

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Wher Back To School Offers New Career

     Down Atlanta way, increased business through Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (ATL) and the Port of Savannah is creating a shortage of workers who are skilled in navigating the intricacies of customs regulations.
Donna Mullins     Leave it to community leader and innovator Donna Mullins to come forward and team up to present an accessible training opportunity, offering both support to our growing industry, and also an excellent prospect for folks to start a new career in transportation.
     From October 2 through October 20, Clayton State University and Mullins International Solutions present “The ABC’s of Customs Brokerage”.
     Classes will be held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at the CSU Continuing Education Building, Room 325.
     “Metro Atlanta region offers logistics growth in all aspects of shipping, both domestic and international,” Donna insists. “These careers are in demand, accessible, and lead to good-paying positions. “Following completion of the training, candidates will take a final exam to receive an industry-recognized Certificate of Completion.
     “Those participants that pass the final exam will be eligible to sit for the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc's National Education Institute Certified Customs Specialist.”
     “Seating is limited.”
     SignUp: https://ace3.clayton.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&course=182CCER095A

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Season Of The Witch
Nadezhda PopovaIt’s been just over four years since the world lost an important, if not one of the most important heroes of WWII. Having passed on July 8, 2013, at the age of 91, Russian pilot Nadezhda Popova, along with about 40 other women—“Night Witches”—were war heroes instrumental in driving the German army out of Russia all the way back to Germany.

     Nadezhda Popova was born on December 27, 1921, in Ukraine. At the fledgling age of fifteen and unbeknownst to her parents, Nadezhda joined a pilot club in the Soviet Union, where females accounted for only a quarter of the population. The Economist called her “a wild spirit, easily bored; she loved to tango, foxtrot, sing along to jazz. It made her feel free, which was also why at 15 she had joined a flying club without telling her parents.”
     It was that “wild spirit” that suited her so well to life as a pilot—especially a pilot in the 588th Night Bomber regiment. Initially, Nadezhda was denied enlistment, as all women were in Moscow. “No one in the armed services wanted to give women the freedom to die,” she told Albert Axell, the author of Russia’s Heroes: 1941-45 (2001). But on Wednesday, October 8, 1941, an order was issued to deploy three regiments of female pilots, and the Nachthexen, the “Night Witches,” were born.
po-2     So called by the Germans because of the whistling, whooshing susurrus sound that ushered from their plywood and canvas, two-seater, open-air Po-2 biplanes—like a witch’s broomstick cleaving the air—the “Night Witches” completed 30,000 missions over a scant 4 years—on Nadezhda’s busiest night, she performed 18 sorties in a single evening.
     At only 19 or 20 years old—a young woman by any definition—Nadezhda’s piloting prowess was a thing to behold. Flipping her wood-and-fabric cropduster over, she would dive at top speed, flying low over German searchlights, dancing her plane (remember, her love of dance!) in a tango tease to attract the lights while a second plane sneaked up quietly behind to drop bombs. The pilots would then trade places and the decoy dance would begin again, this time with Nadezhda dropping her payload.

High & Mighty Moments Of Terror

     Flying a Po-2 was not an effortless task. Made with the same simple stuff one would use to make an easel—so as to be invisible to radars—the Po-2 whistled perhaps a bit too easily through the air; the open cockpits left the women exposed to the elements, the instruments of the plane and their faces either soaked in the rain or freezing in the bitter night air. There were no parachutes, no radio, no radar or guns—no real hope for survival if one were shot. And getting shot was like putting paper through a shredder, the wings reduced to tattered confetti, the whole plane alighting like magician’s flash paper.

Mad Love

     And yet, Nadezhda loved every minute of it. While they weren’t outfitted to be comfortable, Po-2s were incredibly fun to fly—highly maneuverable and stable, easy to pull out of a spin, and with a lower maximum speed than the German Messershmitts’ stall speed, which made them more difficult to shoot down. As The Economist reported, “Walking towards a plane, every time, [Nadezhda] would get a knot in her stomach; every time she took off, she was thrilled all over again.”

Nadezdha Popova and Putin

     We forget, sometimes, the humanity that must perform these inhuman acts; we have the habit of conflating people with their actions. We see the 8-meter-long fuselage, but forget the body that controls it; we remember the whispering wings as they pass overhead, but forget the clenched hands gripping the handles.

Witches Video

    At the end of the day, Nadia (as she was called) was also a young girl. Despite leading 852 sorties during the war; despite sporting hair that had been lopped off (as was standard), and donning hand-me-down men’s flight jackets, boots, and overlarge pants, Nadia “kept a white silk blouse and a long blue silk scarf, in case she had to make a really feminine impression,” reported The Economist. She wore a delicate beetle brooch on her uniform as a good luck charm.
   As lead pilot in a sortie, she lost eight very good friends in a hail of Messerschmitt fire—this, after losing her brother, Leonid, in the first month of the war. She herself was shot out of the sky a number of times. She endured the male military that mocked the “skirt regiment”—she even fell in love, despite the horror of it all, with a male fighter pilot. She read him poetry and after the war, they married. All of this, while also dropping 23,000 tons of bombs on the German army.
Women In ChargeFlossie Arend Byline     Late in 1942, flying so low she could hear the cheers of the Russian marines and see the faces of the German soldiers lit up by the fire of their weapons, Nadia dropped medicine, water, and food for the men trapped at Malaya Zemlya. When she returned home, she found her plane riddled with 42 bullets—bullets that also, frighteningly, pierced her map and helmet.
     After the war, Nadezhda Popova was awarded the nation’s highest honor: Hero of the Soviet Union; she also received the Order of Lenin, the Order of Friendship, and three Orders of the Patriotic War.
     As Summer 2017 rolls along, we’d like to take a moment to remember Nadezhda (Nadia) Popova: pilot, savior, warrior, and woman.
Flossie Arend

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Notes From The Backyard     “Imagination is funny, it makes a cloudy day sunny, makes a bee think of honey, just as I think of you,” sings Tommy Dorsey, but it could just as well be me speaking to dear air cargo . . .
     Lying in the hammock, looking at the sky whilst that song played on the radio this past weekend, supplied a momentary flight of fancy. I fell deep into a dream and without ever leaving my own backyard.
     By now everyone in air cargo has heard about the “new idea” in 2017 (that actually dates back to the 1970s) about cutting some hours off of the transit time of air cargo.
     But why not just reimagine the air cargo business?
     Imagine a brave new world, where the electronic air waybill and electronic security declaration are sent prior to shipment delivery.
     The warehouse check-in desks would be opened 24 hours before the flight’s departure and closed six hours prior.
     The cargo is delivered during this time and is sent to the relevant build-up area, where it is loaded into ULDs.
     The import customs entry is done in advance of the goods travelling and the shipment is selected either for inspection, or pre-cleared prior to arrival.
     The ULDs are loaded and the flight departs. The consignee is notified that the goods are cleared and requested to make arrangements to collect them within 24 hours of flight arrival.
     Goods pre-cleared are delivered directly to an off-airport, non-customs, bonded delivery warehouse and are available for collection within 12 hours of the flight landing.
     Goods for inspection will be sent to a designated area and once cleared, sent to the delivery warehouse.
     Delivery and Build Up 24 hours
     Flight 16 hours
     Collection 24 Hours
     Total Time 64 Hours (2.66 Days)
     Just as some more thoughts bubbled up from the subconscious, the automatic lawn sprinkler was triggered, and I was awake in a mist.
     The dream, or what I can remember of it, probably oversimplifies too much. To make such a thing a reality will take a lot of effort and probably a fair amount of investment in infrastructure and IT.
     But how far is the jump from dreamer to doer?
     The late Steve Jobs, whose products have made air cargo rich beyond imagination, once said:
     “The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.”
     I think it’s worth remembering that the integrators do this day in and day out.
     Imagine the rate out there in 2017?
     “We overnight for 08:30 delivery to Los Angeles,” said the production assistant at a New York TV show talking over the fence from the next yard.
     “Recently an eight ounce next day FedEx cost a bit more than $65 bucks,” she said.
     Imagination worth talking about in 2017?
     “Every piece of cargo in every shipment (on combination carriers) must be barcoded, because without that ability we are just kidding ourselves as we compete with integrators.”
     I must try the hammock again, as it has revealed itself as a stellar thinking place.
     Might make do with a bit less water next time.

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