Monthly Archives: May 2017

Challenges of the Aviation Industry

Changes and challenges in the Aviation Industry: What to expect in the near future of air travel From constant fluctuations in the price of oil to unstable geopolitical climates throughout the world, you might be surprised with just how many different factors influence the success and trajectory of the aviation industry. Earlier this month at the 5th annual Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF), aviation industry experts from around the world gathered to discuss several of the challenges and potential opportunities arising as a result of those challenges. Key issues discussed include oil prices, the economy, and facilitation of new technology Hosted in...

Could 3D Printing be Negatively Impacting the Aviation Industry?

Did you know that according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that predictions estimate a near doubling of the 3.8 billion air travelers in 2016, to over 7.2 billion passengers to travel in the year 2035. (IATA Forecasts Passenger Demand to Double Over 20 Years). While there are a number of factors likely to contribute to this predicted uptick in air travel, definitely one of the most interesting would have to be the role played by 3D printing. You read that right: 3D printing is going to play a major role in the aviation industry and it’s going to...

The New Airspace Explorer App Sweeping the UK!

Airspace Explorer is a new app that was designed to track all types of planes. This app is distinct from other plane tracking apps because it allows people to watch a real-time aircraft during their flights on a live 3D map. This app is available on iPad and right now it is certified to track the airspace throughout the United Kingdom. Airspace Explorer provides a wide variety of information for those interested in tracking flights. Not only does it easily display information on the flights themselves and the surrounding airports, but it also provides detailed data about the airspace itself. The Airspace Explorer...

Teen Flies Aircraft Solo

Jim Ballard has trained many eager students with dreams of flying as a Federal Aviation Administration-certified instructor of JB Flight Services in Carlsbad. However, training sixteen year old Payson Norton to solo fly a 260 horsepower Piper Comanche PA24 was a unique experience. "It was a really cool feeling, the feeling of freedom," Norton said. "The only thing that was going through my mind was he (instructor Jim Ballard) wasn't in the left seat and I needed to get...

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