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Opportune Solution for Air Traffic Controllers shortage

There is a worldwide shortage of Air Traffic Controllers; roughly 4,000 in Europe and the USA alone. A small island in the Dutch Caribbean could contribute to part of a solution because of its exceptional air space and air traffic situation. There is a desire to establish an international Air Traffic Control (ATC) Academy which provides a situation that may not be available elsewhere. St.Maarten’s Princess Juliana international airport has one tower for Air Space/Traffic Control of six airports...

eVTOL economic mirages

To avoid wasting time in horrible traffic jams, the eVTOL flying machine is a pleasant and fast way to get around. What does AI (Artificial Intelligence) imply in a summary about eVTOLs? “They represent a promising leap forward in aviation technology, offering a blend of efficiency, safety, and environmental consciousness. While they haven’t fully taken flight yet, ongoing developments and negotiations with aviation authorities suggest that eVTOLs are poised for a transformative impact on how we...

Say less for success

The more words one uses, the less are remembered. The success formula is to skip the convoluted and elaborate, the irrelevant, and the unnecessary. Cut the bluff, fluff and stuff.  The greatest virtue of a speaker is to say what is necessary, but also not to say what is not necessary.  Many take far too long to get to the point and then there are those who like to hear themselves talking. Communication should be focused, simple, tranquil, and have a mindful approach. Conversi...

Hints for effective communication

 “Getting messages across depends on the available time for perception of messages which priorities are determined by relevance or pertinence.” I just explained to you, within a 140-character limit, what is essential for communication to be effective.  It is the art of deduction using a sniper level skill. “Get to the point” if you want it even shorter.  Strategic communication is communicating essential information to selected audiences, and to ensure that the communication is noticed by the se...

Charlie’s Angels Aviation

"Once upon a time there were three young women who graduated from a flight academy. Despite proving their capability during training, they were each assigned mediocre duties at aviation operations. They were dissatisfied with these jobs. I recruited them. My name is Charlie!"Wouldn’t that cause uproar if a charter operator would publicly announce that strictly only female pilots, aircraft mechanics and other staff are hired? Consider it challenging uniqueness. Charlie’s Angels Aviation would pro...

Argumentum ad ignorantiam

Most progress and increased revenues in the future may come from products and services that do not exist today. Not having the evidence that something does not exist yet, doesn’t mean that it cannot be done. If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does that mean that it didn’t happen?  Now, to be honest, do you know what the headline “argumentum ad ignorantiam” means? Or did you just continue to read thinking that such memorable expression would be followed by something extremely wise...