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.

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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.

Why airships aren’t being made anymore

First off, let’s establish that the terms “blimps” and “zeppelins” are part of what is generally called the airship, any motorized craft lighter than air. Zeppelins are distinct for having rigid air compartments, while blimps are inflatable. These ships started appearing after significant developments in internal combustion, with a few aviators piloting them using steam engine power.

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Many people don’t know it, but the first airship, the Zeppelin LZ1, took the air in 1900, three years before the Wright Brothers made their infamous flight, says aviation professional Scott Beale. By the early 20th century, a lot of wealthy people and businesses were drawn to the lucrative potential of airships. In the 1930s, luxury airships would carry people regularly across the Atlantic.

 

Sadly, the airship Hindenburg would crash in 1937 while landing in New Jersey, and the craft, filled with hydrogen, exploded for the watching world to gasp in horror at the sight. This dramatic disaster and the ensuing trauma would lead to an almost instantaneous end to passenger airships. This incident, coupled with developments in airplane and helicopter technology, would make airships scarce.

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There are only an estimated 25 blimps and even fewer zeppelins operating in the world and aviation industry today, adds Scott Beale. Most of these airships are used today mainly as floating billboards and for doing bird’s-eye-view photography during huge sporting events. Our skies have been left for the dominion of helicopters and airplanes. Nonetheless, some modern aviation companies are keen on studying how to safely bring back these amazing aircraft.

Aviation and aerospace professional Scott Beale is skilled in commercial sales and aviation products marketing, government contracting, and business startups. Visit this site for more on Mr. Beale and his work.

 

Some tips to help you ace the FAA private pilot written exam

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Earning that coveted pilot license isn’t exactly a walk in the park.  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration or FAA makes sure that for anyone to pass the exam, he or she must go through rigorous testing and training.  Applicants can’t expect anything less, of course, if the agency is to guarantee air safety.

One advice to ensure that you get a good leverage come exam time is to choose a reputable flight school.  You are learning the fundamentals as well as ground- and flight-based instructions.  A good flight school will help you attain the required 40 total hours of flight time by giving you a balance of flight, oral, and written pre-tests and guidance from experienced instructors.

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The exam itself is comprised of 60 questions; you’ve to get a score of 70 percent or higher if you are to pass.  The good news is the FAA itself offers a practice exam and other supplemental documents containing graphics, figures, and legends.  Study these alongside the agency’s reference guide for learning statements that explains concepts into coded topics.  Keep in mind that there are more than 500 learning statements to study for your private pilot test.

During the actual exam, don’t be too much in a hurry and read the questions twice before answering. The idea to fully comprehend the subject matter.  However, don’t give more value to particular questions over others as they carry the same weight.  In short, if you really don’t know the concept being mentioned in a given question, just skip it.

Aviation professional Scott Beale spearheaded negotiations for the acquisition of Mountain Aviation, performing due-diligence supervision, closing activities, and post-closing finalization, leading to its smooth transition to fully operate under Flightworks.  More on Scott and his work here.

What are the benefits and perks of first and business class air travel?

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Flying first class or business class allows for a variety of perks for the traveler. Aside from traveling in style, both air travel types come with much-improved comfort perks and amenities. The distinction between the two is nowadays being blurred, with many airlines deciding to just unite both and call them upper class or business first.

Both first class and business class offer better seating, usually longer and wider ones for stretching out and lying down. The additional space also comes with better privacy and a personal crew assigned to a passenger. These crew members are specifically trained to serve first and business class customers, able to determine a passenger’s quirks quickly and are masters of different drink concoctions and food recommendations.

Many technological innovations are available at the touch of a button, from tons of music and movies choices, surround headphones, to retractable walls that separate passengers from one another for even more privacy. Most business- and first-class passengers are given full access to the entire airline menu, permitting them to order whatever delicacy and superior drinks they want to indulge in.

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Aside from the suite-like service in the passenger cabins, often there’s a dedicated lounge area, offering fine dining and a restaurant-like ambiance, a great view of the sky, and other technological amenities like high-speed Wi-Fi access and large flat TV screens showing the flight track and passenger-preferred programs from movies to news and sports.

Lastly, these top-of-the-line travel options allow regular passengers to accumulate higher miles and points that they can avail of in future flights. In most cases, first-class and business-class passengers earn at a rate of as much as 150 percent more in mileage.

Aviation professional Scott Beale has held executive positions in companies he helped establish. His expertise in strategic and tactical planning, account development, government contract management, regulatory compliance, and operational execution has made him the face and the brand of the companies he led. Subscribe to this Twitter page for the latest news and insights on the aviation industry.

What are the advantages of hub airports?

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To be more technically specific, hub airports refer to “hub and spoke” network models, in which air traffic pass through given central points.  The more efficient that network is, the more beneficial it is financially for the airlines that use it.

A hub airport is therefore essentially a big airport that offers many direct flight options.  As it provides more space for planes and more scheduled flights, it provides for a wider variety of flights that lead to minimized delays.  As the airport can house more planes, any airline can quickly replace routes that have fewer passengers will fuller ones.

International hub airports offer more destinations and are great for the local economy, especially in cities that are centers for multinational industries like air freight, media, and finance.  They promote better GDP for a country, even if both shipped products or passengers are just passing through on their way to other destinations.  This is because various international currency flow or circulate through.

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Even if these are connecting-flight respites or stopovers, tourists and business travelers will welcome the convenience.  All in all, hub airports offer modern air travel solutions that benefit all players in the aviation industry.  Passengers are happier, even as airline companies and the host cities or countries generate needed profit.

Scott Bealehas been working in the aviation industry for more than 20 years.  He has led various aviation firms to attain growth in revenues with his competencies in strategic and tactical planning, account development and acquisition, government contract and management, sales team training and supervision, and financial reporting.  More on Scott’s work here.

Are hybrid-electric airliners ready for takeoff?

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Much has already been said about the need for vehicles to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.  On the ground, electric and hybrid-electric cars have been developed to achieve this objective.  While the aviation industry has lagged in this regard, hybrid airliners are becoming a reality, and not just a dream.

In the past, one of the main hindrances in the development of hybrid airliners is the heaviness of the batteries, which has led to safety concerns.  Compared with jet fuel, electric batteries carry much less energy for every unit of weight.  Even though electric motors are more efficient in converting energy into power than traditional engines, the total weight of a hybrid aircraft had been deemed too large for flight.

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But battery technology is continuing to advance.  Lithium-polymer batteries are continuously being improved, making it possible to manufacture lightweight hybrid aircrafts.  That these batteries can be recharged during flight makes the prospect of creating fuel-less airplanes even more promising.

Hybrid aircrafts have already been tested, and the results are encouraging.  When taking off, both the engine and motor are needed for the requisite power and speed.  But when the plane is cruising, the electric motor or generator takes over.  The capacity of the batteries may only allow a series of intercity or regional hops, for now.  But engineers are optimistic that by 2022, hybrid airliners that have a higher mile range can be used for commercial purposes.

Scott Beale has served in the aviation industry for more than 20 decades, successfully growing businesses, both which he acquired and founded.  Read more about the industry here.