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   Vol. 22 No. 3
Thursday January 19, 2023

Bill Spohrer

     We want to share again a bit more about a giant of our business, Bill Spohrer who, we reported, died at home December 16 in Sarasota, Florida at age 91.
     In case you missed our report you can read it here. Our industry lost a giant of our time on December 16, 2022.
     Waiting in the wings due to a scheduling hitch for later this month is an extensive detailed study of the life and times of Gentleman Bill Spohrer created by the “Dean of Aviation Historians” REG Davies, who served as Curator of Air Transport at National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
     Here are some thoughts and a couple of reactions from people today who recall Bill.
Walt Atkinson      Long-time industry stalwart and cargo executive Walt Atkinson, who moved from the top job at CO Cargo to get back into the left seat during the rise of modern air cargo at Bill’s Challenge Air Cargo said:
     “Bill was truly a leader and innovator in the air cargo industry,” said Walt Atkinson, adding:
     “While everyone else chose to use beat-up old piston bangers, Bill decided to use brand new 757 freighters.
     “The key was to make quick turnarounds and maximize the daily usage of the aircraft because they don’t make money being parked!
     “Operating new aircraft meant that the aircraft had less maintenance requirements and the systems were more reliable.
     “I can speak from experience after my early piloting days at the original Zantop operating “old” C-46’s and other antiquated “birds”.
     “Even in my Evergreen days, when we operated used jets for UPS, turn-times were paramount and jets did not require the amount of maintenance pistons needed. Bill was able to convince the produce and flower growers in Latin America and the USA that Challenge could reduce the time it took to get the products into the market in a more timely manner.”
     “Bill’s knowledge of the Latin America market went way beyond just being the head of a cargo airline.
     “He understood the culture of each country like no one I have ever met. He was a polyglot with languages and spoke them like a native.
     “His early exploration days gave him an overview of the countries that no other airline executive could achieve.
     “I enjoyed my time working for him.
     “He was regarded very highly by all of his employees and he will be missed,” said Walt Atkinson.
Ram Menen     “We are saddened to learn of Bill’s passing,” writes Ram Menen, the man who built Emirates SkyCargo from the ground up.
     “Both Malou and I send condolences to Lynn and all of Bill’s near and dear and also his friends and admirers worldwide.
     “He was an amazing man and good friend. Bill was TIACA’s first (founding) President, CEO and the Chairman of Board and I was his wing man (as the Vice Chair) and was honored to work with/alongside him and got to know him pretty well. He was a pioneer in the true sense and a great business man. His contribution to the cargo operation at Miami airport was the foundation of what it is in the air everywhere to the world today. He virtually transformed Corrosion Corner, where he based and built the then state-of-the-art handling facilities for his Challenge Air at the airport.
     “He was one of the first to use canine squad for detection of contraband for all cargo coming from Latin America. His knowledge of the Latin market was legendary. He built the airline from the ground up to what it was, when he sold it to UPS.
     “Apart from the cargo industry, he had an Indiana Jones streak in him. He went on many explorations in South American historic sites, especially to prove that man had flown in pre-history, much before what history has recorded. It was his passion for ballooning that sent him on many an adventure trip. He was the central character in the book “Flight of The Condor,” which recorded his attempt to build a balloon from material that mimicked what existed in ancient times.
     “Although he couldn’t fly the balloon himself due to an unfortunate back injury that he sustained during one of his adventures, another balloonist flew it, proving his theory was right.
     “He was also a gentle soul. The last time I spoke to him was a couple of years back. He was in great spirits and was enjoying his retirement life with Lynn. He lived his life to the fullest. The industry has lost a legend and a good friend.
     “May the good Lord bless him and may his soul Rest In Peace.
     “We were all blessed to have him amongst us.
     “Bill continues to inspire us as we celebrate his life so very well lived . . .”

Jason Berry and Matthieu Casey

     Air Cargo Executive of 2022 Jason Berry who was lauded by Air Cargo World in early December suddenly vacated his top spot at Air Canada Cargo, moving to VP operations at Horizon Air.
     So what happened? Something definitely did not work out and we can only hope as you read this the likeable young man and his family are OK and moving on with their lives.
     Horizon Air does get a top rated executive who, in fact, had built a solid reputation in operations.
     No word from Air Canada, but some wonder if moving forward, Matthieu Casey, another bright and rising star who got high marks during the 'cargo in cabin' and the ramp up to freighters at Air Canada, might get the nod.

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Amar More

     During the past few years Amar More, CEO Kale Logistics Solutions along with transportation professionals like Donna Mullins, has changed the landscape for shippers when it comes to breaking up log jams and finding express lanes for truckers and warehouse people to accelerate action on the ground all around. At places like Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Kale is empowering cutting-edge IT systems for moving cargo traffic in and out of the big airport for good, forever!
     No doubt if you are in it to win it, and still stuck in traffic getting your goods through airports elsewhere, word up has gone global, that now when it comes to directing how cargo moves, there is “The Kale Solution”.
     You might be surprised and also disappointed to learn that already less than a month into this new year of 2023, while you are being bombarded to attend events including subject salad affairs up and down the line, you missed 4,000 practioners of logistics who attended The Transportation Research Board (TRB) gathering in Washington, D.C. on January 9, 2023.
     TRB was huge, and yes, compelling.
     The audience included operators and innovators from the logistics/ supply chain, plus academia, students, consultants, government officials etc.
     Amar More of Kale Logistics Systems was there.
     For the wunderkind CEO of Kale this was a return of sorts. Previously he had spoken virtually at a TRB event in January 2021 on the subject “Cargo Community System For Efficient Movement of Medical Essentials Through Air Cargo Services" which was (as you undoubtedly recall) a hot topic then.
     This time he was invited to speak at the TRB Air Cargo Sub-committee on the subject " Air Cargo Community Systems – What are they and How Do They Work?"
     “While this topic certainly got first things first and offered absolute certainty that change is afoot, this meeting was restricted to the sub-committee on Air Cargo headed by Mr. Thomas Phillips of KPA Associates and some other invitees by the committee, on topics relevant to air cargo like mine,” Amar More declared.
     Amar More tells a compact story. The Kale Logistics Solution works.
     He picks it up from there:
     “My presentation was focused around what are cargo community systems, their need, why is it an urgent need of the industry today, what benefits do they deliver to the community, how do they work, how does one create a community system around an airport and some key recommendations for the sub-committee and TRB.
Jamila Collins, Brandon Fried, Latoya Boose, Scott Case and Donna Mullins      “The purpose was to educate the air cargo subcommittee and tell them what's going on globally and how can the United States benefit from this trend?
     “I did receive endorsement of my views from the committee and quite a few questions to understand this concept better.
     “With Kale evangelizing the concept of airport and port community systems in North America we have tremendous interest from the industry,” Amar smiles.
     That’s the thing about Amar and Donna.
     These two came to town and one by one have taken the intolerable task of getting and keeping cargo moving in places, once thought impossible.
     From nowhere just a few years ago, Amar, who has come into residence in America, Donna, LaToya Boose, Jamila Collins and others backed by the Kale Logistics Solution are now actively engaged with 7 airports and 1 port with several others in the pipeline.
     “We see,” Amar More declared, “that change is accelerating for the better in this part of the world with the proliferation of digital communities helping governments achieve the desired environmental and economic sustainability, security, and efficiency that benefits the entire logistics industry.”
     Something about a rising tide lifts all boats, and when it comes to grasping the whirlwind of change for gateway stakeholders wherever they be.
     “It gets late early,” also seems to be at work here.

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Concourse E, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport

     Celebration recently at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church-Atlanta, GA as America approached Martin Luther King Day National Observance Monday January 16, 2023.
     As we celebrate MLK week in addition to ceremonies in American cities nationwide, there is a wonderful website with information on this year’s events including an awards gathering and also how to pick up the historic MLK historic trail in Atlanta as well.
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     Of special interest is the long-running exhibit at "Concourse" E Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport featuring a wonderfully personal King Exhibit lovingly curated, celebrating the life and times of the great man and the movement to freedom that he led for all of us.
     Getting stuck at the airport is often an interminable experience. It’s enough to pass through the welter of airport security, the COVID friction, losing shoes and sometimes dignity, only to find oneself with few options, aside the wait.
     The stars look very different, stepping back a bit and immersing oneself for a pause in the day’s occupations focused on a man who changed the face of America. Since the mid-1980s, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport has hosted the exhibit at Concourse E honoring Dr. King.
     Titled Legacy of a Dream . . . Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the exhibit features—among other things—imagery from the famous Montgomery bus boycott, which launched a series of boycotts throughout the southern United States, fueling the Civil Rights Movement in America.
     Provided by the nonprofit King Center, formed in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King to memorialize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and educate future generations about his contributions, the Legacy of a Dream exhibit at Concourse E is steeped in history. The permit for Dr. King’s March on Washington and a photo of President Ronald Reagan declaring MLK Day as a national holiday are also on display, as well as the suit Dr. King wore to his meeting with President Lyndon B. Johnson. It’s personal as well, with touches of the human throughout: visitors can see objects like Dr. King’s glasses and wristwatch, and the transistor radio that accompanied him on rallies and allowed him to listen to the news on the go. There are also family photos—Dr. King playing football with his sons, and images of his family at dinner together. Viewers will feel the exaltation of his greatest deeds while also glimpsing the pedestrian activities in which we all partake—a trip up to the firmament of change, and then back down to the grounded and familial.
Geoffrey Arend

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