Hi everyone! I hope you enjoy this issue of Aircraft Maintenance Technology!
We have a saying here in the U.S., about “rolling out the welcome mat,” which generally means we take special effort in making guests and friends feel comfortable and appreciated when they visit.
My new colleagues here at Cygnus Business Media have done just that, in welcoming me as the new associate publisher for this publication and its sister, Airport Business.
While I officially started in the aviation business in 1986 at Northwest Airlines, the smell of jet fuel and three letter airport codes has been part of my life since the age of 6. While that was many years ago, I am still in awe watching a fully loaded 747 go from standing still to airborne in a matter of seconds.
My engineering and maintenance experience was acquired while working in the Netherlands at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, in various capacities including being in charge of the maintenance of the KLM aircraft fleet. Many days you could find me in the hangars, crawling around aircraft cargo bays checking out the status of a heavy check, trying to keep my high heels from getting stuck in between the floor panels.
Because of my love of aviation and the fascinating technical side of it, I’m excited about the new ideas we’ve already got cooking here at AMT, and looking ahead to 2014, when AMT celebrates 25 years! We’ll take a look back at some of the historical events from the late 1980s and look forward to how they helped shape the aviation world today.
One thing that we’ve started up again, is this column from the publisher. It will give me a few minutes with you, to reflect on what’s happening in our aviation world and talk about what I’m hearing from you.
So I am rolling out this welcome mat, for you to let me know what’s on your mind. If there are topics you’d like us to feature or an opinion you would like to share about something you’ve read here, feel free to drop me a line. I look forward to meeting you at shows and events or through your mails.
In the meantime, remember: every takeoff is optional; but every landing is mandatory!
Karen Berg, associate publisher of Aircraft Maintenance Technology, is a 27-year veteran in the aviation industry. She held leadership positions at Northwest Airlines before joining KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in the Netherlands. In recent years, she served as VP Sales North America for Air France Industries and KLM Engineering & Maintenance.
Welcome Karen Berg
No one ever forgets the first time they smell jet fuel, and the first time they fly, says Karen Berg, associate publisher of Airport Business magazine
I am rolling out the welcome mat for you to let me know what’s on your mind