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"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Monday, November 19, 2007

Flight safety remains our top priority: Mandala boss

The Jakarta Post

Early this month, a team of airline investigators from the European Union (EU) came to Jakarta for five days to conduct on-site observation in relation to the flight ban that applies to all Indonesian airlines flying to the region.

During their stay, the investigators did direct observation of airline regulators, state-owned Garuda Indonesia, Mandala Airlines and an air cargo service operator, Kargo Prami Air.

Although no final report has been made on the observation, second-hand feedback, such as comments from airline authorities, have been positive, saying that the investigators were "satisfied".

To gain more insight on the matter and other issues in the industry, The Jakarta Post's Andi Haswidi talked to Warwick Brady, president director of Mandala Airlines, which has successfully improved the safety standard of the airline.

How did the EU inspection go for Mandala?

I actually went to Brussels six weeks ago. I met the EU team there. I was asking how can Mandala get off this black list, and basically they were very helpful, very receptive.

When they were invited by the government to Indonesia, they spent a day with us, inspecting our airworthiness side and our flight operation side.

They didn't spent a lot of time here but they were very positive about the commitment of the current management team on what we have done and where we are going.

So, we know what the EU regulators are looking for. We know what it takes to run an international-standard airline because we have done it before. And that is the key difference between Mandala and all the other airlines.

The authorities here are known for their reactive approach to incidents. What is your comment on that?

I think the Directorate General for Aviation is coming under enormous pressure due to recent air crash incidents. But I have worked in a number of places in the world. Dealing with the directorate general is no different from dealing with the Irish regulator or English regulator or India.

They are the same type of people, same approach. Normal regulating stuff. I've seen the regulator here find massive improvement, since July.

It is not a push-over, I think they genuinely are working hard to be a good regulator. I'm sure, like Mandala, they have some improvement to be made, but I think they are on the correct path. Working with them has been positive.

Moreover, Indonesia is a difficult environment, say in terms of weather. Southeast Asia is definitely not like flying in Spain. You don't have developed airports like they have in Europe and the U.S.

The airline authority recently boosted Mandala to the first category in safety. How do you see this?

Safety is such a big thing here. In most countries, safety goes without saying. So when you talk to the media, nobody says are you safe or what is happening in safety. Whereas here, there is a safety record.

In the last 18 months everyone talks about safety. We are now on the second part of IOSA, which is very serious not only in making the operation safe, but also an international benchmark that we can tell everybody about.

There are a bunch of things you need to do to get to category one. And we put a lot of effort and resources into meeting those criteria.

In terms of budget, we invested over US$1 million dollars, just in recent safety systems. Among others is the Air Face system, which is a flight monitoring system. It basically logs every single flight. If a pilot is doing high energy approaches, exceeding flap speed or exceeding altitudes, we can monitor that, so the next day you do a corrective action and talk to the pilot.

We now have the Singapore Airlines Engineering Company looking after and managing our Airbusses. And when you buy Airbus you get services like training for pilots, engineering and so on. We train all our engineers once per month.

So. when you walk into Mandala, it's like walking into a European airline, those sort of foundations being laid.

You started at Mandala in July. How is the structuring process so far?

The first part of the restructuring is to get a new management on board. We are the only Indonesian airline that is run by industry professionals from all around the world.

There is no other airline here with expatriates at the top management and operational team level.

The concept of our team is that we want to put together industry veterans with Indonesian talent. So we have Indonesian talent primarily focused on the commercial side of the business, which we think is imperative.

Since the start of my career I have always been involved in safety management systems. I have had a lot of success in turning operations into first class operations, including the safety side.

For example, in India, we had a small airline called Air Deccan, which at that time had 10 airplanes, when I arrived. When I left there were 45 planes. This is one of the best known airlines in the industry.

On the airplane restructuring, we basically replaced the Boeing 737s with Airbuses. So far we have 12 planes in operation, six Boeings and six Airbusses, and we are waiting for 24 more Airbusses in the future.

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