Friday, November 5, 2010

Thank you and goodbye

Starting this month I've been assigned a new job at the Chancellery. However my links with UniKL MIAT is still there, as I will still be conducting one subject the Air Transport Policy. So I will be at the campus once a week, starting next Jan 2011 semester.

The new management team are with me for the last six years. I knew them very well and have confidence of their capabilities and motivation to bring UniKL MIAT to a new height. The have served UniKL MIAT excellently.

Wish everyone at UniKL MIAT staff and students all the best.

Signing off

AZ Mokhtar

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

UniKL 7th Convocation

This morning at PICC the 7th UniKL convocation was officiated by the chancelor. This year the convocation marks the first for UniKL MIAT.
The first batch of our Bachelor in Aircraft Engineering Technology graduates are receiving their bachelor degree from the chancellor.
Twenty- two of them will be out in the job market. Perhaps some may opt to continue their studies.
This is the moment all the program academics and staffers are waiting for. Feeling proud. My hope is that the graduates will one day be leaders and captains of the industry.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

IATA Destination Zero for CO2 Emissions

The International Air Transportation Association, IATA, is an international organization that represents air transportation organization world wide. 

The organization recognizes the impact of air transportation in contributing to the global warming across the globe. 

Thus in this video below the association states their vision of working with various air transportation organization across the globe to achieve zero Co2 emission.

Regards/ Zahir

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Boeing: Long-term market -- World Regions: Asia Pacific


Half of the world's new traffic added during the next 20 years will be to, from, or within the Asia Pacific region.
Boeing: Long-term market -- World Regions: Asia Pacific

Attached above is the link to Boeing long term market outlook report for the Asia Pacific Region. Since Malaysia is in this region we will definitely gain from such growth. The question is how do we capitalize on this strong growth especially in China and India? The opportunities for UniKL MIAT's students are abundant however it is not really on your door steps. One have to be adventurous to venture into the many segments of the aviation markets in this region. Our mission in UniKL is to produce enterprising global entrepreneurs.

Regards/ Zahir

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Global airline accident review of 2009

Safety is the Aviation industry critical success factor. From training to ground operations and subsequently the flight operations: safety is very much emphasized. However in the last ten years the safety records has plateaued. This has brought concerns to various citizen groups. Attached below is an interesting article for all of us to ponder. Regards/ Zahir

FedEx Boeing MD-11F crash Rex Features

Airline safety in 2009, judged by the number of fatal accidents, was a little better than the average for the decade. Better still, this first 10 years of the 21st century, taken as a whole, has seen the lowest accident rates in aviation history by a considerable margin.The bad news is that the constant improvement in safety that has taken place each decade since the Wright Brothers is now stagnating. This shows in the fact that, judging by fatal accident numbers, there was a step change in safety performance around the year 2000, but there has been virtually no improvement in safety in the 10 years from 2000 to 2009. Click below for more...
Global airline accident review of 2009

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Helicopter market in Asia Pacific set to take off

Is there demand for helicopters engineering technology graduates?

Well it depends! The industry is bracing itself for growth in the next few years. You can read the article below and also the links to the article in FLIGHT GLOBAL.

But the industry is also selective. The want the BEST. As they too are demanded by their clients to deliver the best. Most civilian helicopter operators operate charter services.

Some charter their helicopters to oil and gas industry, which have a very strict demand for safety and reliability. They don't tolerate delays and grounding of aircraft that affect their production schedules.

So those in the helicopter program must understand this fact. You are good, the job will find you; if you are just marginal then you'll find the industry will close its doors, in spite of your paper qualification. It may sound to be cruel, but this is the fact of life in the helicopter industry.

AgustaWestland 109 Grand helicopter, AgustaWestland

Helicopter manufacturers are optimistic about growth in the Asia-Pacific region, despite the adverse impact on private helicopter orders during last year's financial downturn, believing that sales in key segments such as homeland security, military and search and rescue missions will continue to increase.Eurocopter, which has 2,000 helicopters in Asia Pacific, sums up the region as the "number one helicopter market in the world". Its fleet in the area makes up about a quarter of its worldwide total, says Norbert Ducrot, Eucocopter's senior vice-president Asia Pacific sales. "We have 52% of the Asia-Pacific market," he adds.
SINGAPORE 2010: Helicopter market in Asia Pacific set to take off
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