Greetings to all the participants of RKIIGA-RAU-100 events for the positive atmosphere and joy you spread all around!
Although there is no institute with the name RKIIGA today, the alumni have taken all the best knowledge and experience for their lives, there still are many teachers and staff, there are traditions to continue, and there are memories always with us!
During the celebration there were many interesting events - the aviation forum Next Generation of Aviation Professionals, which brought together many RKIIGA-RAU alumni from the aviation industry, as well as the opening of an auditorium named after one of the most famous RKIIGA graduates astronaut Talgat Mұsabayev; the opening of the memorial stella of the Latvian-Yakut friendship, alumni meeting at Kipsala etc.
This special RKIIGA anniversary will be remembered as a splendid event, see you next time!
On 24 May 2019, with a great success Transport and Telecommunication Institute hosted The International Aviation Forum “Next Generation of Aviation Professionals”. More than 200 aviation industry professionals have come together for the event. International aviation experts, current industry leaders, researchers and university professors, as well as numerous alumni of the famous RCAII, a leading institution in the field of aviation of its time raised many crucial and interesting topics: What is expected of an aviation professional today? What skills will s/he need tomorrow? Who are going to give him/her this knowledge?
The Rector of Transport and Telecommunication Institute Juris Kanels opened The Forum.
Warm greetings to participants of the Forum were also given by Staņislavs Buka, chairman of the Senate of the Baltic International Academy, Māris Gorodcovs, director of the Civil Aviation Agency and Dr. Vladimirs Samoilenko, head of the Latvian Foreign Trade Representative Office to the Republic of Kazakhstan.
One of the most famous RCAII graduates – astronaut, Deputy of the Senate of the Republic of Kazakhstan Talgat Musabayev shared his memories about student years in Riga. He highlighted that TSI education was exactly a cornerstone needed for his professional career. Talgat Musabayev graduated from the Riga Civil Aviation Engineers Institute in 1974 and had been an active member of the Alumni community in following decades.
The Chairman of TSI’s Senate, Prof. Dr. Hab. Sc. Ing. Igor Kabashkin announced a decision to award the Title of Honorary Professor of TSI to Dr. Sc. Techn. Talgat Musabayev. One of three recently renovated auditoriums was named after Talgat Musabayev, an honourable graduate of RCAII!
Artūrs Kokars, member of the Board of the Latvian Aviation Association, shared his vision on perspectives for the aviation industry development in Latvia.
The Chairwoman of the Board of Transport and Telecommunication Institute, Prof. Dr. Sc. Ing. Irina Yatskiv outlined in the presentation ‘A Modern University Of Applied Sciences’ some of the most recent research & academic developments, as well as and strategical plans of the TSI.
Another graduate of RCAII – Dr. Juan Martin Canales-Romero, representing German Aerospace Research Centre - gave his vision of a future aviation industry professional highlighting the need for managerial skills along with technical competencies. According to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), to meet the demand for aviation professionals over the next two decades, 141 new staff members, 67 new pilots, and 14 new air traffic controllers are needed to be trained every day. This challenging task requires the development of a special aviation education strategy.
Aviation Security Inspector of Air Canada Express, CEO of Aviation Lead Consulting from Canada, Professor at Mohawk College Dr. Sc. Ing. Iad Abdulrahman highlighted the most topical issues of the flight operations safety management system.
Tomasz Stafiej, Acting Director of Continuing Airworthiness Department at LOT Polish Airlines discussed typical mistakes made by young professionals and the needs of the aviation industry of the future enjoying a wide response from the audience.
Nurlan Zhumasultanov, head of the Accident and Incident Investigation Department of Kazakhstan, shared his real-life experience, giving examples of incidents and their resolution by the aviation industry experts in Kazakhstan.
Another well-known RCAII graduate – Sri Lanka MP Kanaka Herath has concluded the Forum with an update on the rapidly developing aviation industry in South Asia region. The MP has also provided valuable first-hand insights about development of Srilankan Airlines, mentioning a need for leasing mechanism experts, who are going to pioneer in coming up with alternative financial model for sustaining company’s growth.