Friday, 24 June 2011


You will frequently hear people say that aviation is a small world and sometimes it really does appear to be. So small in fact that there are some individuals who seem to be known by everyone.

Captain Micky Mitchell, most recently head of Global Aviation Consultants in South Africa was just such an individual and our business will be a lesser place for his passing last week. If Mick was well known globally he was truly a giant in African aviation and he touched almost every operator in the continent over the years.

Mick's legacy includes the implementation of safety management systems in a region not famous for its attention to safety, and there are few who could have achieved the same success that he did. Where safety had failed Mick was also to be found, helping airlines to manage in the aftermath of accidents.

I remember Mick as not the easiest man to do business with but it was always a pleasure and an education to share a glass or two with him at the end of the day.

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