Wishing a prosperous 2021 to all industry colleagues
2020 has been a year of unprecedented change for all those within the aviation industry. We have all had to adapt, to innovate and to fight incredibly hard in order to remain relevant in the new normal that now faces us. However, with a vaccine now available and hard lessons learned giving us the experience necessary to make better decisions, we are hopeful that 2021 – though undoubtedly still challenging – will be a year of sustained recovery.
In the midst of the turmoil caused by the pandemic, what has impressed us the most is the willingness of industry players big and small to band together and work towards the greater good. Consider the recent signing of a MoU between Bahrain’s Gulf Air and Israel’s Al El, connecting two countries in a region which has experienced decades of severe unrest between nations. Or consider the extension of the charity partnership between Aberdeen Standard Investments and London’s Air Ambulance, a move that will enable the latter to continue providing emergency care to the 10 million people living and working in Greater London. These are just two of countless stories which demonstrate the open-mindedness and the generosity of those within our industry, qualities which have played a key role in helping us navigate the past months.
2021 will not be an easy ride. However, the aviation industry has already proven that it is capable of weathering the COVID-19 storm by learning from experience, evolving and collaborating. Throughout the pandemic, HMG Aerospace has remained committed to reporting, analysing and commenting, ensuring that all key industry developments are well-documented. This commitment will continue into 2021, when we look forward to helping you spread the word on important milestones and success stories.
On behalf of the HMG Aerospace team, enjoy the festive season and very best wishes for a prosperous new year!
Mark Howells and Becky Howells
Meet our specialist team
• Is Co-Founder and Managing Director.
• Is quietly confident that this year he will finally see his boyhood club, Liverpool,
• Has over 20 years of experience in the media sector with unrivalled expertise in
aviation media, contract publishing and intelligence services.
Mark’s top travel tip:
Resist the temptation to line up at the gate before boarding begins – it won’t make the crew begin the process any sooner and will mean that when you do get onto the plane you’ll have achy legs!
• Is Co-Founder and Company Director and oversees Events, Finance, Marketing
• Is queen of motivational messages and will eventually convince you of their
power, however stoically grumpy you may be!
• Has worked in the aviation industry since the age of 21, with former roles seeing
her manage ACI EUROPE’s Communiqué Airport Business magazine and later
develop the association’s Conferences and Exhibitions programme.
• Is a keen – and extremely competitive! – netball player.
Becky’s top travel tip:
If you’re travelling as part of a group, choose the most responsible person and put them in charge of keeping hold of everybody’s passports. You wouldn’t believe how many people leave their passports in the baggage handling trays or at the tills in duty free!
• Is Editor of the LARA and RotorHub portfolios.
• Has reported on multiple combat operations, including Operation Unified
Protector in Libya in 2011.
• Has over 20 years of aviation publishing experience, having written his first article
when he was 16.
• Spends a great deal of time researching USAF black programmes in the hope of
one day seeing a TR-3A or the Lockheed Snowbird.
Glenn’s top travel tip:
Regardless of the myriad download/viewing options that digital technology now offers, print off your ticket in the good old fashioned way because it just makes you feel more secure having that bit of paper clutched in your hand!
• Is Editor of the Inflight portfolio.
• Is a stalwart supporter of ‘the mighty Palace’…
• Serves on the editorial board for the Inflight Pavilion, Workshop and Awards event
series, and is a regular moderator and keynote speaker at IFEC-related events.
• Is famed within the office for cycling down Mount Snowdon in almost exactly 30
Alex’s top travel tip:
If you plan on trying to sleep on a plane, make sure to have a sleep mask handy in case your fellow passengers insist on keeping the overhead light on in order to read for the entire duration of the flight!
• Is Editor of the Regional Gateway Portfolio.
• Has landed in the middle of Central Africa in the cockpit of a Boeing 737.
• Has two decades of editing and reporting for aviation magazines under her belt.
• Has been thrown by a silverback gorilla in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (true
Chloë’s top travel tip:
No matter where you're visiting or why, make sure you get up for at least one sunrise and go for an early morning explore! You'll avoid the crowds and it's a great time to meet the locals.
• Works across the LARA and Inflight portfolios as Sales Manager.
• Insists on having two teabags in every cup in order to achieve the optimum tea
strength (which apparently cannot be achieved with just one tea bag and less
• Led the relaunch of Inflight during HMG’s early years.
• Thinks that Chelsea is the best football club out there…
Toby’s top travel tip:
Do not leave your suitcase in the back of a taxi, or if you must, make sure that you’re wearing footwear suitable for chasing said taxi down the road as it speeds off into the distance!
• Is Sales and Business Development Manager for the Regional Gateway portfolio.
• Has aviation in her blood as her father was a Fleet Arm Air Navy pilot.
• Has worked in the defence and aviation sector since leaving university, and has experience in sales, publishing, communications and research.
• Is the proud owner of a paddling of over 100 ducks!
Janine’s top travel tip…
Always take a swimsuit, as sometimes even the most unlikely hotels have a pool!
• Is Sales Manager for the RotorHub portfolio.
• Has a different perspective of the Paris Airshow to most, having flown over it in a Sikorsky S76.
• Used to work for Helicopter World, a previous incarnation of RotorHub.
• Is three times British Youth Judo Champion!
Shelley’s top travel tip:
Don’t forget your emergency hairspray, because however short that walk from the gate to the aircraft is, the wind will get to it!
• Is Production and Design Editor.
• Is a keen fly-fisherman and sloe gin distiller.
• Has more than 37 years of experience editing consumer and business
publications, market-leading specialist titles, customer magazines and trade journals.
• Will get more words than you in any crossword – always!
• Is our Graphic Designer, working across all four media portfolios.
• Boasts perhaps the most adventurous sporting hobby of us all – wakeboarding!
• Has held design roles in the banking, automotive and media industries.
• Paul is a qualified tennis coach with a competitive spirit and a stinging backhand –
game, set and match!
Paul’s top travel tip:
Resist the temptation to spend the whole flight engrossed in the inflight entertainment, otherwise you’ll have square eyes and a pounding headache by the end of it!
• Is our Communications and Marketing Specialist.
• Hopes to attain her Purple Belt in kickboxing before the end of the year.
• Has a strong background in press, marketing and social media, with a skillset tested across the aviation, arts and hospitality industries.
• Was extremely disappointed when she learned that Noah, the office dog, wasn’t permitted in HMG’s new offices. She plans to launch a petition…
Emma’s top travel tip:
Don’t forget that the temperature drops quite a bit when you get above the clouds, so bring a blanket if you feel the cold!
• Looks after circulation and subscriptions.
• Spends a great deal of time trying to resist her new puppy’s puppy dog eyes –
unsuccessfully we might add!
• Leads on our customer relationship management and email marketing software.
• Is a regular at car and motorbike shows around the country.
Lou’s top travel tip:
Buy a good supply of sweets from duty free before you get on the plane. However determined you are to resist the temptation to snack, two hours into that flight you’ll have given in and forked out a fortune for the inflight trolley options!
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A wealth of experience across publishing, editorial coverage and event management
The HMG Aerospace team provides a wealth of experience across publishing, editorial coverage and event management. Hover over the images below for more information on team members based in the UK office. We also have a network of regular editorial contributors and event representatives located around the globe.