Since 2003, Kam Air has worked diligently to establish a fully operational passenger airline in Afghanistan and is the first privately owned company there to have successfully done so. As part of this effort, Kenyon was honoured to be chosen as their emergency response partners. As part of this support, Robert A. Jensen deployed to Kabul in late conduct a 12 Principles of Aviation Crisis Management workshop. It was clear from the start of the workshop that attendees were eager to learn. While this specific training typically hosts a maximum of 25 participants, it was expanded to include the 38 Kam Air employees who wished to attend. Those who participated had professional backgrounds at all levels of the airline industry, from entry-level to executive.
Due to the success of the workshop, Kam Air elected to conduct a follow-up visit to our Bracknell office for a three-day workshop where, with the help of the Kenyon Operations Staff, we reviewed their Emergency Response Plan. Given Kam Air is approaching its first IATA Operational Safety Audit programme early next year, this was both very timely and extremely useful.
Kenyon is proud to support clients across the globe and particularly in this region where we support so many of its carriers. At Kenyon we are very familiar with moving around conflict and post-conflict regions and working closely with so many different cultures. Our staff and associates are able to navigate the travel requirements needed to accomplish what we thrive on most: helping our clients develop their Emergency Response Plans, train their staff, and prepare to confidently and capably manage the consequences of a crisis. To learn more about scheduling Kenyon’s 12 Principles of (Aviation and Non-Aviation) Crisis Management courses, or one of the many other courses we have that fully satisfy IOSA requirements, please contact your Account Manager.
Kenyon’s Vice President, Business Development, Mazen Bekdash conducted an Aviation Crisis Management training in Bhutan for Drukair.
The 12 Principles of Aviation training was developed to meet the needs of aviation professionals who face the challenges that have come to the forefront of aviation emergency operations - this included: criminalization, risk management, crisis communications, data management, insurance settlements, strong leadership and long-term business continuity. It helps provide participants with the knowledge to effectively respond to such issues. During the visit, Kenyon developed a plan to support Drukair and other aviation stakeholders in the Kingdom of Bhutan future training and an assessment of their crisis management plans.
Representatives from Drukair and Bhutan Airlines as well as key aviation stakeholders from the Kingdom of Bhutan, attended the full day of training. Among them, was Chief Pilot Yab Dhondup Gyaltshen, the father of the Queen and a member of the Royal family.
One of the most unforgettable moments for travellers in Bhutan is the breath-taking landing at Paro Airport. The airport is located in a valley, high in the mountains and has a runway made visible to pilots only at the very last minute of their descent. Only a handful of specially trained pilots can fly into this airport due to its extreme location. Mazen had the opportunity to meet the pilot responsible for landing the plane he was on and discovered it was none other than Ugyen Dema, the first female pilot in Bhutan.