Home' Asian Aviation : AAV October 2010 Contents Andrzej Jeziorski
As announced in the last issue of Asian Aviation, this
publication is preparing to co-host the rst Aviation Awards
Asia event, together with Reed Exhibitions, during the next
Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress, which will
be held on 8-10 March 2011 in Hong Kong.
As preparations progress for this event, aimed at recognising
excellence and outstanding achievements in the Asian
commercial aviation industry, we can now con rm that the
awards will be judged by a panel of six senior industry gures,
three of whom we can reveal this issue.
e rst is David Forsyth, chairman of Australian air tra c
management agency Airser vices Australia. He was appointed
to the board of the organisation in January 2005 and has held
the chairman's post since June 2008. His current term will run
until June 2012.
Forsyth is an aeronautical engineer with over 40 years of
experience in airline operations and aviation engineering.
He is a former Qantas Air ways executive general manager
responsible for ight operations, engineering and maintenance
and was previously general manager, Qantas Regional Airlines,
covering four wholly-owned subsidiaries to 47 destinations
e Airser vices chairman is also vice-president of the Royal
Flying Doctor Service of Australia (South Eastern Section),
president of the Royal Aeronautical Society Australian
Division, chairman of Safeskies Conferences and a visiting
lecturer at the University of New South Wales. He was
previously a Board member of Aviation Australia.
Joining him on the judges' panel is Peter Harbison, who has
become a familiar face in the global industry in his role as
Executive Chairman of the Sydney-based Centre for Asia
Paci c Aviation (CAPA). He established the consultancy in
1990, and today it produces a huge range of executive analysis,
newsletters and information reports covering the aviation
industry around the world.
Harbison is also Chairman of CAPA AeroPark, an a liate
of CAPA and of CAPA India, the company's consulting
arm for the sub-continent. CAPA AeroPark is to be a major,
comprehensive global aviation training and education campus,
based in India.
e CAPA chief is an aviation consultant and commentator
on industry issues. His career in aviation spans more than
40 years in government and in industry, including two years
with the Australian mission to the International Civil Aviation
Organisation (ICAO) and a decade at a senior level in the
International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Over the past 20 years, he has conducted more than 200
consultancy projects either as project manager or senior
advisor, from the Middle East, India, China and most parts
of Asia to the South Paci c.
Alongside these industry leaders will be Andrew Herdman,
director general of the Kuala Lumpur-based Association of
Asia Paci c Airlines (AAPA), which comprises 17 of the
region's major carriers. Collectively, the AAPA's member
airlines carry 285 million passengers a year and 10 million
tonnes of cargo, representing about a h of global passenger
tra c and a third of global air cargo tra c.
Prior to joining the AAPA, Herdman held a number of
senior positions within the Swire Group, parent of Hong
Kong's largest airline Cathay Paci c Airways. Swire also has
other diverse interests in aviation, property, beverages, marine
ser vices, trading and industrial sectors -- mostly in the Greater
Most recently, he held the post of director of corporate
a airs for Swire Paci c, based in Hong Kong. In that role, he
was responsible for internal and external communications,
investor relations, crisis management, community, social and
government a airs for the conglomerate, which employs
56,000 sta worldwide.
Herdman is committed to expanding the role of the
Association as the leading trade organization for international
airlines based in the Asia-Paci c region, addressing a wide
range of both regional and global policy issues a ecting the
industry. AAPA works closely with regulators and other
industry associations with the aim of fostering the sustainable
growth of international civil aviation. He is a graduate of
e Aviation Awards Asia will cover six categories: Full-Ser vice
Airline ; Low-Cost Carrier; Business Aviation; Maintenance,
Repair and Overhaul; Technology & Environment and
Airport of the Year.
With aircra manufacturers and analysts predicting that the
Asia-Paci c market will be a primary growth driver for aviation
and aerospace over the next two decades, the goal is to raise the
pro le of the key players in the market, rewarding innovation,
excellence, professionalism and best business practices.
Entrants may nominate themselves under the following
conditions: they must show a measurable achievement in
the calendar year 2010; the achievement should have had a
positive impact on the Asian aviation industry; they should
demonstrate a superior standard of products and ser vices; and
they should have a proven track record in shaping and leading
the industry in their particular eld. Entry is free of charge
with the completion of an entry pack, available on-line or by
Entries will be accepted starting in September, with the judges
taking into account a range of factors, including : impact on
business performance, originality, e ect on operational safety,
customer service and contribution to aviation in the Asia-
Paci c region. n
Judges gather for
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