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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...

The Caribbean will get business incubators! A chance for future air mobility?

The Saudi Fund for Development recently signed a $10 million loan agreement to construct business incubation centers in the Bahamas. It was signed in Riyadh by the CEO of the Fund, H.E. Sultan Al-Marshad and the Hon. Isaac Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation. The agreement involves the construction of business incubation centers on some of the islands of the Bahama archipelago to support the growth of tourism, cre...

Caribbean as super-rich as Middle-East

Just like in the Middle-East, it is all about fuel. But no drilling in Caribbean! No way, José! Pumping? Yes! Pumping seawater and the 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. The Caribbean communities could flourish. Islands swimming in the seawater will not be the same as island swimming in money, however there is a solution that has the potential for success on a scale amb...

The eVTOL Goldfever

In advance, one thing is for sure and let there not be any doubt, eVTOL is going to happen and it will be coming. Operational? In some cases, but not all, fairly soon. In other cases, the ‘soon’ is still open-ended.  Yet, there are currently assumptions and speculations all over. Throwing around development numbers that go in the billions, which creates a phenomenon comparable to a gold rush. And every opportunist wants to be part of it. Hundreds of eVTOL concepts. Gold rushes were typicall...

A jet crew’s discovery

“Hey Jack, how’s it going? I haven’t seen you for a while. Where have you been?” Capt. Jack Callager is an old friend of mine flying a Gulfstream 550.“I just returned from the French Riviera. My boss wanted to watch the Formula 1 in Monaco. So, we stayed there for four nights.”“You got be kidding me. Monaco doesn’t even have an airport,” I said joking. “No, we flew to Albenga airport, not far from there, just across the border on the Italian Mediterranean.  My boss took a helicopt...