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Danang became the first and only Indonesian selected to join the Young Aviation Professional Program, which had over 550 applicants from all over the world. (Shutterstock/File)
While representing Indonesia at the recent International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Next Generation Aviation Professional Global Summit in Montreal, Canada, Kleopas Danang has been selected to join the Young Aviation Professional Program.
As reported by kompas.com, Danang became the first and only Indonesian to have been selected, which had over 550 applicants from all over the world.
"We are considered as Young Professional Officer's, working together with experts in the aviation industry," Danang told kompas.com recently.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6p5Ts3noZRY my part: 1:38:40 Jas hitam, dasi merah, terinspirasi dari gaya berpakaian Pak @jokowi MONTREAL, 27 November adalah hari yang sangat bersejarah bagi diri saya; excitement tersebut terpancar dari diri saya bukan untuk kepentingan karir, melainkan ketidakpercayaan saya untuk dapat berbagi atas pengalaman yang telah saya geluti selama 7 tahun sebagai humas industri aviasi dan berbagi ide dalam menghadapi tantangan keterbatasan skilled worker technical dan non technical yang dihadapi industri aviasi dunia. Melalui ini saya melihat tangan Tuhan yang tak pernah lepas menggenggam saya walaupun berbagai penolakan, kegagalan, namun Tuhan melancarkan jalan saya dalam menyampaikan misi ini. Perubahan culture atau budaya sangat penting dalam meningkatkan kolaborasi dalam aviation system. Menghilangkan budaya silo, superiority, dan arogansi to make this already safe industry even safer! Sebagai anak muda Indonesia pertama yang lolos di program ICAO's Young Aviation Professional Program saya telah mendapatkan banyak pengalaman berharga, bekerja dengan industry experienced subject matter experts dari seluruh dunia dan high level layers, saling mendengar tanpa melihat background dan saling memberi tahu tanpa merasa sok tahu. Saya mengajak generasi muda Indonesia untuk ikut mencoba di program yang dibuka setiap tahun. MONTREAL, 27 September is the most remarkable day in my life. Excitement was literally seen from my cheering face - not due to seeing this an opportunity for my career progression, but I disbelieved myself that I could prove my mission to share my 7 year work experience as an Airline Public Relations and sharing my ideas to face challenges such as: aviation technical and non technical shortage. This opportunity enables me to see God's grace who always holds my hand and leads me to His plan despite failure, rejections thus I could deliver my personal mission. Culture change is imperative to enhance collaboration in aviation system. Erradicating silo culture, superiority, and arrogance to make this already safe industry, even safer!
ICAO runs the program together with Airports Council International (ACI) and International Air Transport Association (IATA). ICAO itself is a United Nations agency specializing on the principles and techniques of international air navigation.
ACI, meanwhile, is a trade organization that oversees airports across the globe, including Indonesia's state-owned airport operators Angkasa Pura 1 and Angkasa Pura 2. IATA oversees airlines, including Garuda Indonesia.
Previously, Danang said he worked for seven years as a public relations officer for an Indonesian airline.
Joining the ICAO program means Danang must give up his position as he joins a team of analysts on global aviation economic policy.
Danang is set to contribute to projections of the global aviation industry, including the challenges it faces.
One of the challenges for the next 10 years is the lack of aviation experts, he said.
"This industry needs more than 255,000 additional pilots and 180,000 captains by 2027," Danang said.
He is also set to share his experience as an airline's public communications officer, especially on how to handle a crisis. (liz/kes)