Recognizing Success

Oct. 1, 2004
Ground Support Magazine begins a new tradition with the "Ground Support Leader of the Year Award"

Ground Support Magazine begins a new tradition with the "Ground Support Leader of the Year Award"

October 2004

In realizing the success of Ground Support Magazine and the GS Industry as a whole, we have determined the importance of reflecting on the achievements of the entire GS community in both service and manufacturing. We believe it's time to show our support to the industry by recognizing a leader of the year, therefore, we have taken the next step and developed the "Ground Support Leader of the Year" award of which the recipient will be announced at the Aviation Industry Week 2005 AS3/GSExpo. We are asking you for your recommendations of nominees whom you feel are highly qualified leaders in the field of GS.

The "Ground Support Leader of the Year" might be an individual or a company, a manufacturer or an airline, an Air Force unit, a board chairman, a hero who saves a life on the ramp, an equipment designer, an airline GSE director or the man who introduces hydrogen powered GSE to the ramp. The entries will be reviewed by a panel of experts who will identify the "Leader of the Year" based on their history of accomplishments in the GSE industry and the positive and innovative changes they have made. THERE ARE MANY CANDIDATES, ONE WILL BE CHOSEN. Who do you think deserves the award this year? Let us know!

Change: Good, Bad or Simply Evolution
In the last four years the majors have eliminated 110,00 jobs, low-fare carriers provide a quarter of the nation's passenger traffic, passenger fares have been cut in half, airlines are outsourcing and airports are providing more ground handling. I ran across the following excerpt from the book Life's Big Instruction Book or Molecular Genetics by Analogy by David E. Silverman and couldn't help thinking about the aviation industry and its continued evolution:

To determine whether a mutation is good or bad for a living thing, one needs to look at living things with and without the mutation and see how well they do in their environment. Since by good, we mean live and breed, the ones that have the "better" instruction should increase in number over time. The process by which better living things out-compete worse ones and by which organisms themselves become better at living in their environment is called evolution.

Thank you for reading.
Karen Reinhardt