From the Desk of Petro du Plooy (CEO)
Thomas Alva Edison said: "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration!"
Our business have proved this to be very true, even though we are entrepreneurial in our thoughts, nothing is accomplished without hard work and effort. A saving grace from our whole Big Sky team is that we love what we do, our passion will keep us improving year by year to afford better training to all our students, making aviation safer skies.
Our student appreciation function was a ritual for us every year, but we have decided to endeavour on a new road regarding client appreciation and to focus this more on a personal level, developing each and every student to their best achievement and improving aviation safety.
28 March 2013, 10 years ago we started as a small operation with 2 persons and one classroom, today we have grown to an administration and training staff of 11, developing staff year on year with two more joining us in 2014 and this will increase our training capabilities, not only that of Cabin Crew but to the industry for Dangerous Goods (DG), Crew Resource Management (CRM), Pilot programs (SEPT) and in the new year venture into the Aviation Management and Quality fields.
To all Big Sky Employees, thank you for your hard work, dedication and efficiency, and we realize that you are just as strong as your weakest link, and we can honestly say that our weakest link is a sturdy one! At Big Sky it is a team working together keeping the weakest link supported, and I know I could not have achieved the level of performance and quality training without my team’s dedication and hard work.
May 2014, be the year of great expectations and growth, achieving all our goals, with more Genius and less perspiration. As the year is slowly coming to an end for 2013, I wish all my students, crew and staff a peaceful Xmas filled with love joy and happiness.
Petro du Plooy
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Map of 2014 Ebola outbreak (CDC)
Recently, Emirates and British Airways became the largest airlines to suspend airline service in one or more of the most affected countries. Other airlines like Delta have allowed passengers to change flights to, from, or through certain west Africa airports in the affected areas without penalty.
Several media outlets, including the Premium Times of Nigeria stated that the first Ebola death in Nigeria was from a man who flew into Nigeria on July 23rd and two died two days later from Ebola. The report also states that the victim had shown signs of illness during the flight.
What is Ebola?
Ebola, also known as Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans, with a fatality rate of greater than 50%. It is caused by a virus that is commonly spread through close contact with an infected person.
How can a person get Ebola?
A person can become infected with the Ebola virus from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood or bodily fluids of infected people, or from contact with objects or environments contaminated with such fluids.
What are the effects of Ebola?
The effects of an infection are not immediate, with symptoms showing up between two and 21 days after infection. A person who falls ill may experience a sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and a sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.
Is there a vaccine or treatment for Ebola?
There are currently no approved vaccines available for Ebola. While symptoms such as dehydration can be treated, there is no proven treatment for the underlying viral infection.
What risks do airline passengers face?
Although there are no reports of airline passengers or airline staff being infected on an airliner, there is the possibility that someone can be infected with Ebola while in an airplane or while at an airport. In areas where there has been an outbreak of Ebola, airlines and governments have done the following to reduce risks to air travellers and airline professionals:
•Provide updated information about Ebola risks (see links below)
•Limiting flights to or from areas experiencing Ebola outbreaks
•Screening passengers prior to boarding
What can passengers do?
The two most important things that you can do is to avoid travel to areas experiencing an Ebola outbreak, and to seek medical attention before travelling if you are experiencing Ebola-related symptoms.If you already have a trip planned into an area with an active outbreak, you can delay or cancel the trip (check with your airline on their policies for areas of high risk).
If you are on a flight where another passenger is exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms, do your best to stay away from that passenger and inform your flight attendant about the situation. If you are unable to do this, avoid direct contact with that person, or with any object or surface touched by that person.
Basic Ebola information
AirSafe.com Ebola information page
World Health Organization (WHO) Ebola fact sheet
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Ebola overview
Ebola Q&A from the CDC
Travel warnings and advisories
CDC travel health advice
US State Department travel alerts and warnings
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Canadian government travel advice by country