Man’s best invention
The current pandemic (April 2020) got me worried about the safety of planes that are not in use. What about the wonderful flight crew members?. Those now grounded men and women who love to fly. If you are like me wondering where planes are parked, take a look at this video https://youtu.be/PcARWU2-x-w
Even though many passenger planes are parked, cargo planes are still flying as well as some rescue flights to return stranded citizens to their home countries. Some crew members are still working to save lives and transport essential drugs and people across the world.
There are many unsung heroes in the fight against Covid-19, from delivery drivers, bin collectors, care workers, nurses and doctors, the list is endless. Back to planes; the reports of grounded aeroplanes and staff being made redundant is heart breaking for people and businesses alike.
The aeroplane is one of man’s most advanced mechanical ingenuity of all times. Globally, there were more than 10,000 flights in the air at any point in time before the pandemic. A quick look at my flight app showed only a small fraction of those flights were operational as at the end of April 2020 when global lockdowns are in place.
There are many entrepreneurs in the aviation sector, some of whom are planning to build the most innovative planes of the future. The link below shows some of the planes of the future. the https://youtu.be/_npxdrn5LP0
I hope aviation entrepreneurs will not be discouraged by the current pandemic. If you really want to know the marvel of the aeroplanes, you can check out some of the largest jumbo jets ever built including the Russian built AN-225 and Airbus A380 https://youtu.be/hD4hz8TFSAI. Aviation is truly an impressive sector worth over $800 billion per year, but to survive the current crisis may need over $1 trillion. That is a lot of dough.
Dr. Ade Otukoya B.Sc, LLB, FCCA, MBA, PhD