Who Can Imagine?

Jan. 22, 2020

I am awed by the aviation news reports that appear on my computer daily.

Can I read them, absorb them, and tell you exactly what is going to happen in the future of the aviation industry?

Not no, but hell no….

But I can tell you one thing that will absolutely, positively come to pass.

The aviation industry will change unbelievably in the future!

One of the big changes will be the switch to electricity-powered aircraft. I see no way that this won’t take place. But I’ve been wrong before.

Follow the money.

Elon Musk et al are investing a fortune in hopes of producing batteries that will be able to power aircraft efficiently. That word “efficiently” is the name of the game.

Big companies are investing in the building of new aircraft that will compete with taxis. A high percentage of them will not require a pilot on board.

Toyota is investing $394 million in electric air taxi company Joby Aviation.

Others are already working on solar power that can help keep batteries charged.

Electric engines have a mere fraction of the parts required by other engines. They produce the same power at any rpm. At a red light the engine is not turning at all. When the light changes to green, the driver pushes the pedal and the car zips forward immediately.

There will be other changes in aircraft. The changes will spread rapidly. I am convinced that there will be changes that we can’t even imagine at this time.

To get a good article about the sustainability—or the lack thereof—of the current airline fleet, go to and read carefully….


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