BluSky Services Turned 13

On 04/04/2016, in Anniversaries, by steve

logo NEWLast Friday was 1 April and it was not the 13th… but for us, it still held special interest even though we are not in the business of witchcraft and other silly beliefs. It was Friday and the 13th birthday of BluSky Services!

Yes, it is hard to believe, but for 13 years this company has paid our breakfast and dinner while keeping us busy and growing steadily in recognition as a center of knowledge and professional excellence.

BluSky Services was born in the middle of one of the deepest crises the aviation business had ever seen. The aftermath of 9/11 was still with us very much, airlines were fighting for survival and only one thing was certain, the world we had known would be no more. What would follow was anybody’s guess.

Into this uncertain landscape landed BluSky with a mission that was as clear as it was simple. There was and always will be a future for aviation and the best way to forecast that future was in actually making it! Thinking out of the box, defining new concepts and driving new technologies were the tools BluSky was going to employ to help create the future others would not even dare to forecast.

Lofty aims indeed especially for a new company nobody had heard of.

Luckily, the company name and the name of its founders were quickly associated and this brought a certain initial patina to the brand… Let’s just say we did not have to start building from square one!

My network of friends and colleagues was a big help in the initial phase but also in later years. Of course falling back on the glory of previous achievements would never have cut it and we had to work and fight hard to prove to the world, again and again, that we did believe in what we preached and that quality and timely delivery were not empty promises but the rules we lived by.

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BluSky Services 12 years young

On 01/04/2015, in Anniversaries, by steve

If I recall correctly, 1 April 12 years ago was a nice spring day, quite unlike what we are facing this year. For us, the founders of BluSky Services (the owner of the Roger-Wilco blog) in any case the sun was out and we were full of enthusiasm and hope. The future looked bright indeed. Our optimism was perhaps a bit out of place, after all we were launching a new aviation consultancy in the middle of the deepest crisis aviation has ever faced… the negative effects of 9/11 were still very much with us and the airlines (our future clients…) were fighting for survival. But we had this feeling, this conviction that for us, for BluSky Services, the time was right. And indeed it was.
Looking back on the past 12 years we see ups and downs but the overall trend-line is definitely up. Alongside aviation, we have branched out into the beauty industry and strengthened our multimedia capabilities; we have successfully developed our activities in the training field with highly successful courses delivered in places as diverse as Dubai and Naples.
Of course these successes would not have been possible without the encouragement and support of our friends and associates, to whom a thanks for all they have done for us… from day one, and even before!
What about the future? BluSky Services will continue its drive to be a center of excellence and a leader in new technologies in aviation and beyond. Drone sourced image processing, intelligent driverless vehicles, even more powerful eLearning tools, new clients… all in the picture for the coming months and years.
It may be windy and cloudy outside on this anniversary but for us at BluSky the name says it all: blue skies mean trust in the future, trust in ourselves.
Happy Birthday BluSky Services!


Celebrating 70 Years of the Chicago Convention

On 13/12/2014, in Anniversaries, by steve


In 1944, delegates from 54 nations gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Stevens Hotel in Chicago at the invitation of the United States of America.

At this event, the participants concluded and signed the Convention on International Civil Aviation, also known more popularly as the ‘Chicago Convention’, the defining international agreement which has since permitted the global civil aviation system to develop peacefully and in a manner benefitting all peoples and nations of the world.

Through 2014, ICAO and the global air transport community  commemorated this momentous occasion by convening a series of special events in Montreal and Chicago.

Featuring high-level participation from the host governments of Canada and the United States of America, and representatives from ICAO’s Council and Member States, these proceedings culminated in an Extraordinary Session of the ICAO Council on Monday, 8 December, in the exact same room where the Convention was signed in the Stevens Hotel (now the Chicago Hilton) 70 years ago.

On this occasion, ICAO Council Representatives adopted a Special Resolution paying tribute to the Chicago Convention’s significant contributions to global peace and prosperity through the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation.

The signing of the Convention

The signing of the Convention


Roger-Wilco – Five years young

On 22/07/2014, in Anniversaries, by steve

Untitled-1Roger-Wilco went on line five years ago, on 23 July 2009. It was not the first time that my writings appeared in print, every now and again articles were published over the years in various trade fora and they were well received.

From early on my aim in writing had been in part to bring our complicated little world to those who are not directly involved in air traffic management… whether that be the cleaning lady dusting the radar screens or the cabin crew sweating it out while waiting for endless ATC delays to be finally over. I wanted to help them understand the world around them and so make their days more enjoyable.

That the efforts were not in vain was proven many times. On one occasion a cabin attendant on a Malev flight recognized my name and she came to my seat to say how much she appreciated the little articles that made even ATC delays a bit more understandable from them also.

Of course writing a blog and keeping it humming for 5 years is no trivial undertaking. Keeping the readership growing is a major effort in its own right.

I am glad to say that we have managed to do both and the number of visitors on RW per day is very satisfying (around 100). I say we, because Roger-Wilco would not be where we are to-day without the support of our contributors who make sure we are interesting and have a broad swath of subjects covered.

On this anniversary perhaps it is worth recalling what the motivation for Roger-Wilco has been in the first place. There were actually two things that drove the project forward.

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Happy Birthday America

On 04/07/2014, in Anniversaries, by steve

Although the 4th of July is not particularly significant in most countries of the world, it is a day that has an import and far reaching significance well beyond the borders of the United States. Independence Day marks the birth of a Nation that has done more to make democracy shine than any other in the history of humankind. No words express this significance better than those of Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers, in the last letter he wrote before he flew West into the glorious sunset.

“May it be to the world, what I believe it will be…the signal of arousing men to burst the chains….and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form, which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man…For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.”

Happy Birthday America!



Happy New Year!

On 31/12/2012, in Anniversaries, by steve

We wish all our readers a happy and prosperous 2013!


Merry Christmas!

On 24/12/2012, in Anniversaries, by steve

We wish all our readers a Merry Christmas!


The world 20 years ago and 11 years ago

On 22/12/2012, in Anniversaries, by steve

Twenty years ago, on 22 December 1992 a Libyan Airlines Boeing 727 crashed after a midair collision with a MiG fighter, killing all 157 people on board as well as the two pilots in the MiG. The 727 was on approach into Tripoli airport at an altitude of 3500 feet when the collision occurred.

Eleven years ago, on 22 December 2001 Richard C. Reid, also known as the Shoe Bomber, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami, tried to ignite explosives in his shoes, but was subdued by flight attendants and fellow passengers. Reid is serving a life sentence in federal prison.


First manned supersonic flight – 14 October 1947

On 14/10/2012, in Anniversaries, by steve

1947 was a tumultuous year for the US armed forces. The U.S. Air Force was created as a separate service in September and on 14 October Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager broke the sound barrier in the first manned supersonic flight. At the controls of an XS-1 rocket plane, built by Bell Aircraft. The plane was named Glamorous Glennis after Chuck’s wife. It was launched from the bomb-bay of a B-29 Superfortress and after accelerating to 1299 km/h peak speed, it glided to a landing on a dry lake-bed. Over course all this was top secret but nevertheless, the story was leaked to the press and Aviation Week carried an article on this ground-breaking event on 20 December 1947.

The rest is history…


“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owned by so many to so few.”

On 20/08/2012, in Anniversaries, by steve

Today is Monday, August 20, the 233rd day of 2012 – in 1940 on this day, during World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill paid tribute to the Royal Air Force before the House of Commons, saying, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owned by so many to so few.”



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