Training and skills development of local employees is the key focus for Proflight Zambia’s director of flight operations.
Brought up in Zambia from a young age Captain Ian Rodwell ranks as one of the world’s most experienced and skilled aviators; and now he has returned to the country of his youth, to impart a lifetime of understanding of the aviation sector to the airline’s crew and support staff.
With more than 22,000 hours of flying experience, Capt. Rodwell has worked for 50 years in the industry, gaining vast experience around the world as an aviation expert.
He landed the Proflight job last year after retiring from leading global airline Cathay Pacific, and now helps steer the company to even greater heights.
In the steadily growing aviation sector, Proflight Zambia is determined its employees gain the best expertise by offering updated systems and the very finest training.
After working with the world’s top aviators, Capt. Rodwell was the man chosen to pilot the company to achieve this and provide better, more efficient and reliable services to international and local passengers.
Aviation, like any other industry, requires leadership with the right skills, knowledge and experience, and an understanding of dealing with the relevant authorities, while making sure the airline is safe, the pilots, engineers, staff and the cabin crew are well-trained and conform to the highest standards.
After navigating around the world as an aviator, Capt. Rodwell joined the Cathay Pacific airline in Hong Kong where he worked for nearly 30 years as a captain, trainer and examiner of pilots and in airline operations management.
“I am happy to be back to Zambia and share my expertise with the young, up-coming experts in Zambia’s aviation. The fact that I came back and joined Proflight Zambia to reinforce professionalism in its systems and operations makes me proud and I am honoured that I have a hand in making Zambia’s aviation industry even better,” Capt. Rodwell said.
He added: “During my time at Cathay Pacific, I was lucky enough to be seconded to Air Hong Kong as the Chief Training Captain before being appointed as chief pilot of Cathay’s Boeing 747 fleet”.
“I love to work with the people. My work as operations director revolves around people and various departments. I deal with the authorities, making sure the airline is safe, the pilots, engineers, staff and the cabin crew are well-trained and conform to the aviation environment.”
Brought up on a farm between Zimba and Kalomo, Capt. Rodwell spent his childhood in Zambia, where he completed his high school education, before embarking on his aviation career.
He believes excellence in training and safety are the centre of a successful aviation business and he is determined to oversee that employees acquire the right knowledge and skills that are so critical.
Capt. Rodwell said: “All employees, which include pilots, cabin crew, flight operations, management and the customer service team, need to be continuously trained and updated.
“When we look at the fast-developing aviation industry, instructors and pilots need to receive constant training and refresher courses in order to be kept up-to-date with new developments in the industry.
“We currently send our pilots and staff to train for at least three to six months to get themselves familiar with new developments in the industry and use the current systems and simulation technology.”
By appointing such a consummate professional, Proflight has made a bold statement that it is determined to bring world-class aviation services to Zambia and the southern African region networks with its core values of safety, reliability, efficiency and friendly service.
About Proflight Zambia
Proflight Zambia was established in 1991 and is Zambia’s leading scheduled airline. From its base in Lusaka its domestic routes include Livingstone, Mfuwe, Lower Zambezi, Kalabo, Ndola, Solwezi, Kasama, Ndola-Solwezi and Ndola-Kasama, and regional routes to Lilongwe in Malawi, and Durban in South Africa, with Mfuwe-Lower Zambezi between June 15 and October 31, 2017.
The airline prides itself in providing a safe, reliable, efficient and friendly service, and offering good value to business and leisure travellers locally and internationally.
The airline operates a 50-seater Bombardier CRJ-100 jet, three 29-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft and two C208 Caravans.
More information is available at www.flyzambia.com.