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   Vol. 22 No. 5
Tuesday February 7, 2023

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Fruit Logistica Berlin this Week

     Fruit and vegetable lovers will be 'loving it up' at Berlin’s Annual Fruit Logistica all this week at the massive Berlin ExpoCenterCity and CityCube in Germany, February 8-10, 2023.

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     Fruit Logistica is an excellent “One & Only” 2023 transportation event offering real new opportunities as you uncover specialized sectors and ponder how to connect the fresh fruit and vegetable business with products across the entire value-added supply chain, from growing to the point-of-sale.
     The idea that you might discover some new markets and use your imagination to advance air cargo seems irresistible!
     Fruit Logistica is a veritable smorgasbord of action and opportunity, with more than 3,000 exhibitors and 70,000 visitors covering every sector of the fresh produce business.
     Fruit Logistica paints a complete picture of the latest innovations, products, and services.
     Fruit Logistica offers superb networking and contact opportunities to the key decision-makers in every sector of the industry.
     Products on show include fresh, unprocessed fruit and vegetables, dried fruit, nuts, herbs and spices, organic products, self-service flowers, and potted plants.
     Fruit Logistica is also laced with non-stop, concurrent sessions all of which are included in your admission fee and some of which are then available as Video On Demand mid-February.
     You can attend Fruit Logistica with a €45 Euro Day Pass. A better bet might be to go for a Permanent Pass for €80 Euro for the entire show.
     Pro Tip: Tickets can only be purchased online.

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Lithium Battery

     It may come as a shock to some shippers to learn that one of the biggest challenges to safe handling of lithium batteries or lithium anything is the paperwork.
     Enter an IATA-initiative branded Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV), a process that now can assure auditing the action and providing confidence for lithium battery shipping.
     Created by IATA Cargo in 2021 Qatar Airways and its global handler Qatar Aviation Services just received certification of the duo’s outstanding ongoing handling of lithium battery shipments.
     Qatar Aviation Services is the first ground-handling company to be certified in this manner globally.
     Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “Passenger and cargo safety is our utmost concern at all times, and we have continuously advocated for proper regulation in the transport of lithium batteries.
     “We are happy to be the second airline to be certified (LATAM Airlines the first in September 2022) and we encourage all air industry players to become certified.
     “As an industry, we must focus on active risk prevention and that is achieved through strict regulation, training, and compliance,” Mr. Al Baker declared.
     But surveying the IATA CEIV Lithium Battery certification landscape, as of February 1, 2023, more than a year after IATA CEIV certification was first offered worldwide, there are only three air cargo resources in the world so far that have met the expected standards, regulations and guidelines IATA has set for acceptance and and two of them are named Qatar.
     With so many thousand airplanes flying around at any time, we wonder why not certification at a more rapid pace everywhere?
     Right now International Air Transport Association (IATA) is readying its World Cargo Symposium to be held in beautiful Istanbul, Turkey this April 25-27th.
Guillaume Halleux      Here for a couple days the top executives of air cargo will meet and greet each other and network and think big thoughts.
     Looking back, to his credit, Guillaume Halleux, the visionary Chief Cargo Officer that has guided QR Cargo to Best In the World, and Qatar Airways leadership when it comes to shipping lithium have remained focused with 'Eyes on the Prize' building better practices while working to achieve IATA CEIV Lithium standards.
     On January 9, 2023 as Qatar Cargo declared CEIV Mission underway Guillaume said, “lithium batteries play a huge part in our daily life, from the toys we buy for our children, to the laptops we use every day, and the cars we drive.
     “Our plan now is to work with our global partners, ground handlers, shippers, and freighter forwarders, to ensure a solid and common understanding of the risks of moving lithium batteries, and to drive positive change in the industry,” Guillaume added.

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Donna Mullins Manifest 2023

     All of us in the supply chain can take a lesson from @Kale Info Solutions present at the Manifest 2023, last week at Caesar's Forum Hotel, Las Vegas.
     The Manifest conference brought 3,000 supply chain executives from all disciplines including – BCOs, ports, airports, logistics providers, technology providers, innovators, and investors.
     We like that Donna Mullins VP of Kale Logistics Solutions , who is a personal fave of ours was tapped to speak on the Airport & Air Cargo panel.
     Donna is smart, committed, solution & action minded and above all a wonderful human being.
     Early in COVID at a time people were frightened and dying and did not know what to expect, Donna learned some truckers were challenged getting meals at her home airport ATL so she went out to the cargo area and personally delivered food to truckers.
     Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, by the way is the U.S. gateway cargo operation that has been revolutionized by Kale Logistics Solutions.
     “Great opportunity," Donna said, "to discuss, along with some fabulous airport industry executives, how innovation and technology can and will improve air cargo throughput and land side move efficiencies.”
     Kale’s ACS TSM (Airport Community System Truck Slot Management portal) has benefited many airports around the globe and Donna, an industry veteran and logistician herself, is bringing awareness of this technology to the supply chain.
     “With AI, ML, and BI Kale is changing the old “I wonder if my cargo is ready” to “I can make an appointment to collect or deliver cargo to ground handling terminals based on the knowledge that I know the cargo is ready.
     “No more empty runs to the airport to collect cargo that is not ready; the technology gives advanced shipment notification to the handlers so they know in advance what the truck is bringing or picking up.
     “Kale also offers a PING product which is an AWB pdf converter that takes the paper AWB out and converts it to the electronic format.
     Benefits include reducing trucker waiting time as the handler/airline is staff is not keying the data – the data is already there.
     “Our Galaxy product is a next-gen warehouse management solution for cargo handlers that also houses the ACS and PING products.
     “Kale offers imagination via a suite of enterprise systems that complete a true Single Window for cargo moves,” Donna concluded.
     No doubt Kale, positioned for success with its better ideas is driven by people who never forget how important other people are.
     Sometimes observing a simple act of kindness like sharing a bit of Mom’s chicken can tell you a lot about someone.
     Feels good to think about Donna.
     She is the real deal, a true double threat with a solution to solve traffic jams in air cargo everywhere, and the milk of human kindness by the quart in every vein.

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     “My Airplane Doesn’t Know Whether It’s A Man Or Woman In The Cockpit,” smiles Air India Captain Zoya Agarwal.
     In 2021 she led an all-woman crew delivering the first major movement across one of the longest flights in the world, piloting a brand new Air India B777 from San Francisco to Bengaluru.
     Here is an up close and personal spirited 18-minute Podcast featuring Zoya presented worldwide by the BBC World Service in London.
     When you think about it a bit, Zoya also points to an uplifting, wonderful fact of life amongst people aloft flying on Indian commercial aviation today.
     As you read this in 2023, India at 12.4% has more than double the highest percentage of female pilots at work of any nation in the sky today.
     Why wonder why?
     Give Zoya 18 minutes.
     Charming smart and completely in charge Zoya lights up the airwaves!
     Somewhere J. R. D. Tata has a big smile on his face.

Bessie Coleman

In February, America celebrates Black History Month and March celebrates Women’s History Month, which beggars the question of where to place someone as historically significant as Bessie Coleman.
     One of 13 children, Bessie Coleman was born in 1892 in Atlanta, Texas, to George and Susan Coleman, both African American sharecroppers. The family was poor and could afford very little, and once the children were of age they were expected to contribute to the household income.
Bessie Coleman     But Bessie had high-flying hopes. She attended Langston University’s predecessor, the Oklahoma Colored Agricultural and Normal University, but couldn’t finish due to a lack of funds. At 23 years old, she moved to Chicago to live with her brothers and work as a manicurist.      Her fascination with aviation was sparked in Chicago, where her brothers enticed her with stories of French women flying planes in World War I.
     Of course, when Bessie tried to enroll herself in flight programs stateside, she was turned down. A woman aviator was difficult enough to stomach, but a black woman aviator? One can only imagine the mockery and derision she faced in 1920.
     As a manicurist, Bessie had contacts with many of the black elite of Chicago. She quickly befriended Robert S. Abbot, publisher and owner of the Chicago Defender and one of the first African American millionaires, who encouraged her to go to France to learn to fly. He, along with others, helped fund her exodus, and she quickly learned French in preparation.
     On November 20, 1920, Bessie Coleman left for France from New York City. She enrolled at Ecole d’Aviation des Freres in Le Crotoy, France, the only African American in her class. She learned how to fly in a rickety Nieuport Type 82 biplane and within seven months received her pilot’s license from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. She briefly returned to New York City in September 1921 and was celebrated in the black press—the Air Service News called her “a full-fledged aviatrix, the first of her race.”
     Bessie realized she wanted to make her living as a pilot, but in order to do so needed additional training as a “barnstormer,” or stunt pilot—commercial aviation was still a decade away from becoming a reality. She returned to Europe, studying acrobatic aviation in France and then the Netherlands, where she studied under pioneering aircraft manufacturer Anthony H.G. Fokker, otherwise known as “The Flying Dutchman.” She moved on to Germany, where she received additional training from one of the chief pilots of the Fokker Corporation.
     Her first air show took place on September 3, 1922, at the famous Curtiss Airfield in Garden City, Long Island. The event was sponsored by her old friend Robert S. Abbot and honored the all-black 369th American Expeditionary Force of World War I. She was billed as “the world’s greatest woman flyer.”
     Over the next five years “Queen Bess,” as she was called, performed aerial stunts across the United States. She always encouraged the African Americans attending her shows to learn how to fly, and refused to perform in venues that denied admission to African Americans. When she was offered a role in the feature-length film Shadow and Sunshine, she accepted in the hopes it would help her fund her dream of an African American aviation school. However, when she learned her very first scene in the film would depict her in bedraggled clothes, she refused the role. Doris Rich, author of Queen Bess: Daredevil Aviator, wrote “she was never an opportunist about race. She had no intention of perpetuating the derogatory image most whites had of most blacks.”
     Eventually, Queen Bess made enough money to purchase her own plane: a rather old Curtiss JN-4. It was only a few days after she received the plane that it stalled at 300 feet and nose-dived, crashing into the ground. With broken ribs, a broken leg, and several lacerations, Bessie was relegated to a hospital bed for 3 months.
     Bessie returned to her home state of Texas in June of 1925. She performed on June 19th, the anniversary of the day African Americans in Texas were granted their freedom. After her show the spectators were boarded onto five passenger planes for a complimentary night flight over Houston—the Houston Reporter remarked that it was “the first time [the] colored public of the South ha[d] been given the opportunity to fly.”

Bessie Coleman

“The air is the only place free from prejudices.”

—Bessie Coleman

     While flying was one of Bessie Coleman’s dreams, her greatest wish was to open an aviation school for African Americans. She told the Houston-Post Dispatch that she wanted to “make Uncle Tom’s Cabin into a hangar by establishing a flying school.” She later opened a beauty shop in Florida to try and raise funds, and gathered enough money to purchase an old Army surplus plane from World War I to continue her stunt flying.
     On April 30, 1926, Bessie and her mechanic William D. Wills boarded her new plane to rehearse for a May Day air show the following day. The pièce de résistance of her act was to be a daring parachute jump from 2,500 feet. Wills was piloting the plane when it fell into a tailspin and flipped upside down. Bessie was not wearing her seat belt and tragically fell out of the plane to her death. Wills tried but could not regain control of the plane and also lost his life.
     It took almost half a century, but in 1977 the Bessie Coleman Aviators Club was formed by a group of African American pilots from Chicago. Every April 30th they fly over Lincoln Cemetery in Chicago to airdrop flowers on her grave.
     Today, African Americans can take great pride in women like Mae Carol Jemison, the first black woman astronaut, and Atlantic Southeast Airlines, which in 2012 flew with an all-woman African American crew. But we must not forget about the pioneering Queen Bess, whose lofty dreams and unwavering determination paved the way for everyone else who followed. As Lieutenant William J. Powell said, “Because of Bessie Coleman, we have overcome that which was worse than racial barriers. We have overcome the barriers within ourselves and dared to dream.”
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Flossie Arend had a great start to 2023, with her first published work in the Science Fiction Genre. Read the story in the January issue of Fantasy Magazine. The magazine is available on multiple formats and can be accessed here.

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