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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • JUNE-JULY, 2018 • Page 25 uberchat... Americans do more to honour air traffic staff WITHOUT air traffic controllers on duty, the air cargo business would barely function, but they don’t tend to get a lot of respect in Austral- asia. The Americans have created National Air Traffic Control Day (July 6) as a symbolic gesture of support, although we assume not too many Americans are aware of this. If they were into celebrating occasions they might be more im- pressed that July 6 is also National Fried Chicken Day. And Interna- tional Kissing Day. Talking of ATC, the anniversary of a momentous event in the busi- ness is nigh: On August 5 1981, following the refusal of striking Pro- fessional Air Traffic Controllers Organization members to return to work, President Ronald Reagan not only fired 11,345 but also vented his anger by banning them from federal service for life. Some were allowed to re-apply in 1986 and for the remainder, the federal service ban was lifted by Bill Clinton in 1993. Reverse dog training for PEQ staff THE TEAM at Mickleham PEQ, a key player in the freighting of animals into Australia, have been involved in a bit of reverse dog train- ing. Instead of teaching dogs what to do, they’ve been learning – with canine assistance – best practice in handling their doggie ‘guests’, some of which aren’t particularly enthused at the idea of a quarantine stay in rural Victoria. Specialised dog handling skills were delivered by Dog Force Australia, with difficult or temper- amental dogs the focus. Most dogs stopping over at the PEQ – many of them absolute gems, to be fair – have arrived as air cargo. Case studies highlight airfreight complexity HUMAN freight dogs, those who fly freighters, are much given to reminiscing about weird consignments that have come their way. In recent years we’ve quoted occasionally from a ‘strange freight’ thread on the www.pprune.org pilots’ blog. There’s an interesting alternative on the Air Charter Service www.aircharterservice.com web site which features case studies broadening the concept be- yond air crew reminiscences. They’re easy reads and do a good job in outlining how complex air cargo can be. Jobs highlighted include moving 13 tonnes of sand from Rome to Cairo, Toyota 4x4s to an Arc- tic Circle airstrip, wild lions from South Africa to Rwanda, 14 tonnes of burgers from Belgium to Sweden and three orphaned bear cubs from Georgia to Greece. NAM adds capacity NETWORK Airline Management (NAM) — a division of the Network Aviation Group — and Astral Avia- tion have expanded their managed fleet adding a B747-400BCF. The B747-400BCF is wet leased from Air Atlanta Icelandic and joins the B747-400F nose loader that also was supplied by the Icelandic carrier. This further complements the two MD11Fs on wet lease from Western Global Airlines. The B747-400BCF adds much needed extra capacity to NAM’s fleet to further expand routes on NAM’s scheduled network, as well as charter capacity worldwide. Andy Leslie, group chairman, said: “This additional capacity enables us to further develop our presence in Africa and our existing scheduled network. “The aircraft is being delivered to our hub in Liege, Belgium, and being put to work immediately flying on its scheduled network to Africa.” Kerry buys Saga stake KERRY Logistics has acquired a majority stake in Saga Italia S.p.A . as part of its ongoing global expansion strategy. With the acquisition of the Milan-based logistics company, Kerry Logistics strengthens its overall service portfolio by adding Saga Italia’s know-how in the fields of project logistics, heavy lift services, and material management . The acquisition will also add three new countries to Kerry Logistics’ network, namely the Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Egypt, as well as new offices in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Russia, and the US.