||Vale Norman W Hogwood
Principal AeroGround Safety Services Ltd
is with deep regret to inform the aviation industry about
the sudden loss of aviation ground safety legend and
godfather, Mr Norman (Norm) Hogwood who sadly passed on
Sunday 11th February 2018 at the age of 82. Norm was born in
the United Kingdom 10 March 1935 and later migrated to New
Zealand in May 1961.
Norm had 41 outstanding years of service
and an amazing career with Air New Zealand and retired in
2002 (27 of those years were spent in the Safety
Department). Norm was a founding and active member of
several major aviation committee’s paving the way for the
future in aviation ground safety.
- Member of the US National Safety
Council International Air Transport Executive Committee
(ARTEX) since 1975. General Chairman 1988-1990
- Founding Member of the Australasian
Aviation Ground Safety Council (AAGSC) since 1982 up
until current. Chairman 1982-1991 (In 1998 the AAGSC won
the prestigious Flight Safety Foundation/Air BP Ramp
- Founder Member New Zealand Dangerous
Goods Air Transport Council (NZDGATC) since 1992.
- Recipient of the inaugural Ground
Services Safety Award presented by the US magazine GSE
- May 2003, appointed to the steering
committee of the Flight Safety Foundation’s Ground
Accident Prevention project
Norm will be remembered for so many more
things. Norm was one of the seven AAGSC safety men that met
in the TAA office back in 1982 to form the AAGSC. Until
Norm’s passing, he continued to drive the AAGSC agenda and
mentor current members. One of Norm’s classic terms was
equating a narrow body aircraft hold as a mining pit (dark,
damp and cramped) which was so true.
Norm enjoyed his aviation friendships and
continued to have a strong interest in all matters aviation.
He wrote a number of articles for aviation magazines,
particularly GHI. He also became a major driving force in
the fight against FOD and its huge costs to international
aviation – he was given the nickname FODMAN which endured
until his death. He will never be forgotten for his
achievements and just for being Norm. Rest in peace Norm,
thank you for all you’ve achieved and shared with us all,
you’ll always be in our memories.
AAGSC Safety Men