President's Speech Issue 17

Dear readers,

Although I have been board member of Aerius since November 1st 1997, this is my first president’s speech. In the past I have assisted Ronald and Jeroen writing theirs, but this is one of those moments that I realize that criticising someone else’s work is easier than doing it right yourself.

One of the nice things of getting certain projects done, is that you can do it in a team: of course working alone gives you more certainty on the way how things are done, but the dynamism that can arise within a group of people can be very stimulating. The last couple of months, the group of active Aerius members has extended in two new committees: besides the unchanged Aerlines- and financial committees, we now have an activities committee and one for the studytrip to Hong Kong. Including the board, which now consists of five people, this adds up to 25 (!) part time participating Aerius enthousiasts!!

I failed to introduce to you our fifth boardmember: Henriëtte Huisman. She has replaced Marcel as secretary, and he took up the post of external affairs: with his flambouyant style, this should be just his cup of tea. And for Henriëtte: she seems to be a very dedicated student with other extracurricular activities, but my impression is that especially busy people are great managers of time and can often arrange to do even more, which is a good thing, because there is a lot to do within the Aerius organization.

For over a year now, the Aerius board – stimulated by the Advisory board – has been planning and acting on the changed circumstances of Aerius. This has resulted in a ‘Business plan’ on which you can read more in the next issue of ‘Aerlines.’ As is common in strategic marketing, a SWOT analysis was the basis of the exercise: it showed there is a good market for what Aerius is, and there is also demand from the aviation-industry to become more: something like a knowledge-centre.

Keeping in mind that Aerius is (an association, so) a not-for-profit organization, the Aerius board now follows the policy rules, that when our benefits do exceed our costs, these will be invested in the further development of Aerius as a multi-disciplinary knowledge centre. Not only is this a further commitment to the statutes of Aerius and the goals she persues, this is also one of the best ways to ensure her future, because we can then count on the support from the aviation industry.

In the short term, this means that the board will actively seek more sponsoring from companies and will try to forge alliances with parties that will bring Aerius closer to its new identity. This does not mean that we will develop profoundly different kind of activities for our members and sponsors: the internships, the evening-lectures, the excursions and study-trips together with research assignments, and of course the ‘Aerlines,’ will continue to be engaged, only with similar acceleration as in ‘the old days.’ As an economist (to be) I am quite aware of the concept ‘decreasing returns to scale,’ but I hope to omit the decreasing part by setting a new (grander) scale… ?

Yours truly,

René M. Graafland

President's Speech Issue 13

This is it! For over 40 months Aerius has been on my mind daily, but now it is time to say goodbye. This may appear a bit dramatically, but that is definitely not the case. I’m stepping down with the best memories and the confidence that I’ll be invited for the 25-year-anniversary of Aerius (that’s in 22 years’ time, hmm), just because I know Aerius will still be alive and kicking. These last three years did not only rule out my best expectations of what was possible with this student organization, but also gave me the most learningful period of my life so far. Back in 1994 I expected a certain necessity for its presence, but the current statistics make me very proud to have been the leader of the pack who gave Aerius a position within the Dutch aviation related world.

This period impressed me that much because of, amongst others, the following highlights and achievements of Aerius:

* Creating a network of over 190 student members and more than 250 business contacts.
* A lot of own developed activities like StagAerius (the internship-programme which created over 54 internships
so far), theme days (I’ll never forget the visits to Fokker Aircraft, the Traffic Tower at Schiphol, the flight with
the Dutch Airforce to Eindhoven Airport, a.o.), and the lectures (even with a television appearance (for just a
couple of seconds, but still…)).
* The nine-month period as student-assistant of Prof. Jaap de Wit.
* The five studytrips I participated in: Boston, Brussels, Berlin, London and Florida.
* The three month internship period in the Caribbean for TMI.
* A total number of eight other trips abroad.
* The lasting friendships with many of the (former) board members.
* The creation of the Aerius Library.
* Our successful 2-day ‘Conference on Civil Aviation in the Modern World’, in May 1996.
* A respectable number of companies willing to support and sponsor us with all that we do.
* A great back-up team (the Aerius‘ Advisory board) of which, as a founder of Aerius, I have become a member
now as well.
* Not to forget the magazine I’m writing in, the Aerlines. It opened doors and convinced everyone we were taking
things seriously.

I found it all a most successful and learningful trip, but now it is, as I am finalizing my thesis, time to take off for the next scheduled flight, that is into the ‘real world’. I hope to get a bit of tailwind finding an interesting job within the Dutch aviation sector so I can stay in touch with most of you all.

It is pretty hard to thank everyone by name in this column, but there are a few that cannot be unmentioned: Cees van der Mark (our graphic specialist), Ada Kromhout (our general support in all at the Faculty) and Jaap de Wit (who looked after his ‘wild bunch’ with careful eyes and supporting hands). As Aerius became a ‘daytime job’ to me, it also affected the home front. I could always rely on them for a shoulder or a second opinion; Mam (the ‘English lady’ for all of us at Aerius), Dad, my brother René (who keeps the ‘Graafland-dynasty’ alive as he joined the Board recently) and my girl-friend Irma (always there…). Besides them I would like to thank everyone who helped us out, all the business contacts, the members of the Advisory Board and all the board members as well as the committee-members whom I had the privilege to work with.

As I, together with the treasurer Guido Hogen, resign some new faces enter the ring. As Ronald van Neerijnen has now become president (good luck fella…), his position as Vice has been taken by Robert-Paul van Tol. The new treasurer is Ewout Meijer and as I already mentioned, my brother René accepted the position of Internal and External Affairs. I wish all of them the best of luck, and I hope that they will keep up the Aerius spirit as I have done with all my heart and soul for the last three years.

Bye 4 now, but not 4 ever…..

Jeroen A. Graafland

President's Speech Issue 10

Well, what’s to celebrate in the first issue of 1997; the Aerlines has gone double-digit and as you might have noticed, the quality (digital) has been improved and some new items entered our magazine. In the upcoming issues the editor’s team will work on a further quality improvement, the stimulus for this is not only the continuously increasing number of copies distributed to the studentmembers as well as to our business contacts, but also the supply of interesting articles and beautiful advertisements. For 1997 Aerius will focus more on the members who have just entered ‘the real world’, the graduates. It is not only interesting for us (and for the companies that support Aerius) to see where our members start off, but they also bring us new contacts within aviation related companies. We’re thinking about special activities for these graduates, for example a special cocktail party to bring them back together again at the University. Also on paper we pay a bit more attention to this growing group within our organization. We will therefore, from this issue on, publish a new item called ‘the graduate’. In this issue two members well-known within the Aerius region, namely Deniz Yugnuk and Irma Essers, will take off on their jobs and application experiences. For the future graduates some specific attention will go out to traineeships. On the centre page of this issue you’ll find an ad on the KLM-programme, in the next issue this traineeprogramme as well as that of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will be highlighted. We’ll describe the procedures and hear more by interviewing a few trainees who are doing the programme at this moment. We also expect to add a new dimension to STAGAERIUS, namely to acquire not only internships but also full time applications. Just wait and see… Although the developments mentioned above are all true facts, within the aviation world it’s once again humming with numerous rumours. Newspapers mention a possible revival of Fokker, KLM seems to go Spanish, and on the airport side the discussion now focuses on outplacement of charter carriers, a ban on transfer movements and the pros and cons of a future off-shore location. I’ve been told, that within a few months you can even get a money reward if you decide to fly to London. It’s a shame that at the same time another suggestion arises to stop the short distance flights from Amsterdam within Europe. I think I better not go into any of these rumours, I prefer to stick with mere facts. For instance, the preparations of the study trip to Florida are in full progress. The members of the Floco (Florida Commission) are working very hard to attain assignments from companies, on which the participants can work during the trip. Further details in this issue or at the Aerius office. Another nice development (with also more details later-on) is the Aerius/IVVE Library. Thanks to the more than generous Dutch Civil Aviation Authority (RLD), members can now find the major aviation magazines, many well-known books and statistics next to our office at the University. The library also collects theses on aviation, so all of you members who wrote yours within this field, we invite you to add them to our collection. Since I already thanked the RLD for their support, it’s now about time to thank the company members, that so far have decided to support Aerius in 1997: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, ChartAir, the Institute of Transport Economics (IVVE), the NLC and TMI-Road Air.

For now, wherever you go, keep ‘m flying, high and low.
Jeroen A. Graafland

President's Speech Issue 3

By Erwin R.C. Krijger and Jeroen A. Graafland

Presidents' Speech

As you know, Aerius started in June of 1994. Now, one successful cocktailparty and a pilot issue of Aerlines later, an ever increasing number of members (over 80 at the beginning of February), a huge number of contacts and a clear quality image of Aerius are our share. We cannot but say: it is a success. The successful cocktailparty took place at ‘Het Badhuis’ in Amsterdam where we have found just the right entourage and atmosphere for our meetings. We also noticed that the pilot issue was welcomed with great respect, and even more respect deserves this first issue of Aerlines, that is now before you. The editorial board has put in a tremendous amount of time, and it shows.

A new internal development is the departure of our secretary. Mr. Frank van den Bergh leaves for Austria by the end of February and will stay there for four months. We thank him for his time and commitment and wish him all the best in Austria. We have already found an excellent replacement for him in Mr. Bastiaan Geurts who is a student in European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Another development is that on the 10th of March 1995 the Advisory Board (AB) will meet for the first time. Their responsibility is to evaluate and asses the functioning of the Aerius board members; they will do this twice a year. The members of this AB will be announced at the ‘February cocktailparty’.

Though the costs of our activities are rising, we still manage to keep on doing what Aerius was founded for: The integration of the aviation industry and the academic world. One way we are able to do so is through the membership of companies in the aviation industry. Chartair carries off the palm in this respect. We would like to thank Mr. Jos Busscher personally for his support, and for his confidence in Aerius. Since then a second company has become a member of Aerius: TMI Transport Management International. We deeply appreciate the support of Mr. Th. Aris. At this stage we would also like to thank Mr. Pieter Rhijnsburger of Transavia Airlines for making it possible to extend our contact network in the UK. Thanks to him and Transavia we were able to fly to London free of charge to attend the conference on Airport Regions (see this issue).

We are also establishing close contacts with ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ and the Dutch department of ‘Euroavia’, studentassociations of the Technical University Delft. Together we represent the entire Dutch student population that sees aviation as its future employment or area of research. In this first issue of Aerlines both associations are introduced.

Our internships with companies also work out well (the latest companies where Aerius members are presently working are TNT and some consultancies, see field reports in this and the next issue), and, as the cocktailparties they are just another means of integrating the aviation world at our particular academic level. Until now, this integration has focused on the Dutch aviation industry. However from now on we will gradually shift to a policy with an European focus.

Rests us nothing but to wish you lots of enjoyable moments reading this first official issue of Aerlines and we express our hope to see you at our cocktailparties or at the Aerius office.

Keep ’em flying (from an ideological point of view as well as from an economical and a rational one).

Erwin R.C. Krijger & Jeroen A. Graafland

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