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What’s in the cards at EBACE?

There is an alarming ongoing trend at EBACE. There was a time that halls were filled wall to wall and several major aircraft manufactures had exhibits that looked like an estate with a palace on it. Not anymore. Some major players in the industry are not even exhibiting. The costs are too high and the return on investment too low. There is competition from smaller but more specialized and targeted events and where the costs of participating are lower. It may be high time for the organizers to pu...

EBACE Tips

Ever went to an exhibition at a convention and you had the feeling that the looks of the people on the exhibition floor are trying to figure out how much money you have in your offshore bank account?  Here are some valuable hints how to get an extra glass of orange juice or champagne at a booth even if don’t have such a banking mechanism for excise savings at your avail. The following tips will result in exhibition sales staff with that typical muscle spasm on their face bending backwa...

How about an h-VTOL jet?

Welcome to Sirius Aviation AG, a trailblazer in the aerospace sector, dedicated to revolutionizing air travel with their century-refined flagship creation, the sleek Sirius Jet, the first hydrogen-powered VTOL aircraft (Vertical Take-Off and Landing). Sirius designed the two zero-emission jet models in collaboration with BMW’s Designworks innovation studio and the ‘Formula 1’ motorsport company Sauber Group.The Sirius Business Jet, carrying a pilot and up to three passengers and tailored to priv...

Becoming as super-rich as the Middle-East

Just like in the Middle-East, it is all about fuel. But no drilling. No way, José! Pumping? Yes! Pumping seawater and for instance the Caribbean islands are actually swimming in it. This is no joke or dilly-dally. Oh no! As the emperor of France once said, ’Not tonight Josephine’. This is serious business. And not in the least for the aviation industry worldwide.The Caribbean communities could flourish. Islands swimming in the seawater will not be the same as island swimming in money, however th...

Encouraging statistics

Looking at encouraging stabilizing statistics is like looking through the glass window of the oven when baking a soufflé. It may be holding, but with a little breeze it will still go puffffff and fall apart.Be careful about using or interpreting encouraging statistics for the purpose of forecasting. If times are tough, statistics don’t help, a savior might. The 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season is predicted to be one of the most active on record. “C’est la vie, say the old folks, it goes to show on...

The Dunning-Kruger Effect

No, it isn’t what you think. It’s not about climate change, pandemic, or recession.  Continue reading because the clues are all around us. It is about being ‘more the show than the go’, ‘putting the money where the mouth is’ and particularly that ‘a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing’. The Dunning-Kruger Effect is a phenomenon of overestimating one’s own abilities. It is far more common than you may think. Confidence is so highly prized that many people would rather pret...