What lies ahead for drone technology

2019 is seen by many industry experts as the year drones become more widely accepted. Though the technology has been around for quite a while, drones have yet to be fully embraced, says aviation expert Scott Beale. But more and more startups and established companies are beginning to commit to the flight of drones.

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For one, the programming needed is catching up with the technology, even as more innovative businesses are showing bigger businesses how the application can be maximized. From the incorporation of more robust AI to spectrum analysis apps, new platforms are coming out in support of the needed software to further drive drone technology and harness its potential.

While drone technology is certainly disruptive, it is starting to infiltrate more industries. It shouldn’t take long before larger organizations flex their proverbial muscles and take advantage of their bigger investment clout. And this will manifest itself in more challenging e-commerce programs as the 2020s near.

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Practical applications of drone technology in shipping and delivery is already in the works. Amazon was recently just given legal permission to use drones for carrying packages below 400 feet and weighing up to 1.5 pounds. In agriculture, drones will prove crucial for mapping 3D images of fields for soil analysis, as well as for spraying crops and determining their relative health and density, adds Scott Beale.

Scott Beale has been working in the aviation industry for more than 20 years, successfully growing businesses which he both acquired and founded. He has led various aviation firms in attaining revenue growth. More on Scott and his work here.

Electric planes are beginning to take to the sky

In a recent report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it was stated that aircraft have been responsible for about 8% of the entire greenhouse gas emission of the country’s transportation sector. This alarming development, coupled by a global demand for a greener aviation, is a huge reason why some manufacturers are beginning to consider building electric planes, says aviation professional Scott Beale.

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A conventional jet airplane has an engine that draws in air through the front, a compressor for squeezing it, and fuel that’s sprayed in and lit, allowing for the burning of gases and the plane’s thrust. An electric plane, on the other hand, relies on batteries that provide power to an electric motor which spins the propeller.

However, while electric planes are definitely more efficient, they tend to be slower as the battery-reliant (often lithium-ion) process allows for far less thrust. In any case, there should be huge improvements in aviation technology in the coming decade, from reductions in operating costs and fossil fuel burning to emissions. In fact, NASA already has a prototype electric propulsion plane in the X-57.

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There’s also the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2, which successfully circumnavigated the globe at average speeds of 47mph. Even Airbus has already revealed a two-seat electric plane that travels at speeds of 136mph.

In truth, the idea of using electric motors has been around since the World War II, when B-29 bombers used this technology to power the planes’ gun turrets. For now, a more concerted effort is needed to get greener and completely embrace electric aircraft. But their reign is imminent; not only a greener but a quieter way to fly should arrive sooner than projected, adds Scott Beale.

Aviation and aerospace professional Scott Beale is skilled in commercial sales and aviation products marketing, government contracting, and business startups. More on Mr. Beale and his work here.

Three Important Skills Pilots Develop From Flying

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More and more, businesses are understanding that some of the most valuable skills an employee can possess have very little to do with their job title or position. For instance, a potential recruit that knows how to use a certain type of software might also lack good people skills and they might fare more poorly than someone who lacks that same software knowledge but has great people skills. There are some careers and experiences that create higher-than-average success rates, both in business and in life. One of these is being a pilot. Here are three important skills pilots acquire from flying.

The ability to stay cool and calm under pressure

There are very few situations people find themselves in that are genuinely and legitimately life-or-death scenarios. Pilots are quite literally in a life-or-death situation every time they fly. When anything goes wrong, a good pilot realizes that panicking will not solve anything. Pilots have to be able to set their panic aside and think calmly and rationally to solve their problems.

Decision-making skills

Most of the time, people have to make decisions before they have a full and complete picture of the problem. Sometimes, people act too quickly or rashly and just make things worse. In other cases, they become paralyzed by fear of making the wrong decision and fail to act at all. Pilots have to do their best to assess the situation as best they can, then quickly run through any and all options available to them. They then must make a decision and act on it swiftly. In addition, they have to remain open to making course corrections as more information presents itself.

Humility

Many people think that confidence is the opposite of humility but it is not. It is possible to be confident and humble at the same time because the opposite of humility is arrogance, not confidence. You can be confident without being arrogant. The more skill a pilot gains, the more confident they become, but they are also keenly aware that their lives and those of any passengers are at the mercy of forces beyond their control. While there may be some pilots that are arrogant, it generally only takes a few life-threatening moments or incidents to instill some humility in them. Making it through those same moments will give them more confidence, but it will end up being tinged with humility at the same time.

This article was originally published on ScottBealeAviation.net.