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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...

eVTOL development and its future

The number of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concepts is estimated at about 600 designs, from silly to serious, by nearly 350 companies worldwide, according to the Vertical Flight Society (VFS), a global non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight. WOW! But, some of those enterprises do have a prototype aircraft; others have nothing more than a design concept.There are three races going on that are intertwined. For one the tech race, secondly the race for m...

Mining gold at a business aviation event

EBACE is coming up, and so are a variety of other conferences. Are you going to an aviation event for networking. You meet lots of people who you already knew and some new kids on the bloc. A bit of chit-chat, a bit of gossip and some exchange of business cards to ensure that you have the proper coordinates. That is not networking.  It doesn’t take an old gold digger to point out that it makes no sense to look for the precious metal on territory that is already claimed. The gold digger...