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   Vol. 20 No. 21
Monday June 7, 2021

Ankara Protestors
Many Happy Returns? Right now according to latest figures, France is operating about half the flights per day as compared to 2019 when things were more or less normal.
     Italy is at about 35%.
     Overall European aviation flights are counted at about 38% of where they were at this time in 2019.
     In Istanbul, hotel rates are at ridiculous levels with Istanbul Sydney Hotel (two stars) rate at USD$15 through mid August. Hilton Garden Inn Ataturk at USD$31 and Hilton Golden Horn at USD$44.
     But wait, it is 2021 and as vaccinated populations soar past 15% in some places, all of a sudden aircraft are back in the skies. And that means more belly lift from the roaring generation of aircraft many of which are hidden freighters.
      Now we hear there is more space available for cargo.
     Will the added capacity coming on line mean rates will level off a bit?
     Probably can take that one to the bank, in the old supply and demand game.
     As things slowly get back to normal means business could be brightening as well.
     On the air cargo side, the decision as to go or not go to industry events this year, the recent blitz push by some events planners and publishers trying to juke up their bottom lines after a 14-month revenue drought to fill the time between now and 2022, could result in some unneeded and potentially dangerous gatherings.
     On another front, although less dangerous to your health, are efforts to resuscitate those endless boring webinars where people get together on a computer screen as postage stamp-sized talking heads and pontificate about things from their desks in an endeavor, that most people we talk to, are quite sick of altogether
     “When zoom calls and webinars started and there were no other options these events were new and we all tried them out,” was one comment.
     “But now it is June 2021 and we, as an industry, are at the three-quarter pole in the race to get back to normal.”

Time Out

     Here are some facts of life in our world today.
     According to this week’s Time Magazine, “in 2020 alone, there were at least 3 million reported deaths from COVID-19, though the true figure is probably 2-3 times higher.
     “In 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on and is likely to last well into 2022 and beyond.
     “For ten weeks in a row from the first week of February, 2021, new daily cases globally rose, driven in part by virus variants and by many countries ending public health measures too soon.
     “There are still around 600,000 new cases every day.
     “Nations like Brazil, Canada, India, Iran, and Turkey—as well as some U.S. states like Michigan and Minnesota—recently experienced COVID-19 surges that in some places overwhelmed their health systems.

COVID In Sri Lanka

     “India, in particular, has become a cautionary tale on how devastating the pandemic can get. While some rich nations like Israel and Britain have ended their own recent surges in part through rapid vaccine roll-outs, low- and middle-income countries have so few vaccine doses that less than 1% of their populations are vaccinated,” Time concluded.

The Fine Print Stay At Home For 2021

     The unforgiving nasty pop-ups of dreaded COVID in India, Sri Lanka, Turkey and parts of Europe and other places in the world sends a clear message that we still have a way to go to think about live shows and trade events, no matter what those otherwise well-meaning event organizers who are calling and writing you say about getting together, any time during the remaining six months of 2021.
     Our view is, take the rest of the year to get back to sending out your message and in just a little over eight months from now, by all means if the COVID skies clear and the creek don’t rise, let’s get back to face-to-face at CNS, FIATA, IATA, TIACA.
     In the meantime as Summer 2021 rolls into Fall and Winter and the urge to merge with our friends and business grows, go ahead and stick your toe in the water a little bit and make some live in-person calls close to home, where we have firm first hand knowledge of what is going on.

FIATA Cancels 2021 Brussels World Congress

     FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarding Associations cancelled the 2021 FIATA World Congress scheduled for Brussels September 26-29, as a result of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
     “We are disappointed that we cannot bring the freight forwarding community together at this time to discuss the many critical challenges and issues of our industry, but we are mindful of the risks that large meetings cause to all,” said Marc Huybrechts, 2021 FIATA World Congress Chairman, who also serves as Director-Marketing & Sales for NMBS-SNCB, the National Railway Company of Belgium, based in Brussels.
     “I certainly look forward to a future where we can be reunited again, face-to-face, and when the conditions allow for us to do so safely and securely.”
     The next FIATA World Congress will take place from September 13-16, 2022 in Busan, Republic of Korea. FIATA said that dates for the rescheduled Brussels Congress to be held in 2023, will come later.

Chuckles for June 7, 2021

American AirlinesTake a Shot & Welcome Aboard! American Airlines dailies start up June 17 Madrid/Miami and Madrid/JFK for vaccinated
passengers and cargo welcome . . . Singapore Airlines that lost $4.6 billion last year says yes to no net carbon emissions by 2050. Worth noting on the Zero to Hero net emissions front, ACI says European Airports have made the same commitment. Ditto 2050 for Cathay Pacific, which also says routes to Frankfurt and San Francisco will be reopened in June . . Pumping Traffic. The FIATA World Congress Brussels cancellation (see item above) announced May 25 is no surprise as COVID ravages India and South Asia and Japan closed down earlier this month . . . When are runways not used as parking lots? At Frankfurt Am Main, 07L/25R are set to reopen this month . . . Expect South African Airways to announce an equity partner as early as July . . . Kero Gets Clobbered—JetA costs up 70% since last October . . .

Team Pie Aeronefs SA

     Don’t be misled by the headline.
     The coming of electric powered airplanes is as sure as tomorrow. What form these birds will eventually take may be something between what we have known to be airplanes or what we know now to be rotary aircraft or even drones.
     But the manner in which electric flight will be introduced to the public is as old as flight itself.

Electric aircraft Race Teams

Return of The Air Races

Jeff Zallman     The simple truth is the future will get a big push at least in aviation circles, if Jeff Zallman, (right) the promoter of Air Race E has his way.
     Air races have always been a magnet to advancing aviation.
     Air Race E the world’s first all electric airplane race will bring together a group of small, single-engine jobs that will fly wing tip to wing tip around a plotted course zooming past pylons placed like a race track on the ground above an airport.
     When this race will take place and where it will be held, is still an open question.
Zallman has said that the process of selecting a host city the first race has involved more than 100 cities that have expressed an interest in having the event.
     “We are down to a small list of potential venues,” Zallman told AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli.
     What is known is that the first electric airplane race will be held (God willing) in Q3 2022.
     Right now according to the latest news, Zallman has a half dozen teams of fliers booked and is looking for more to enter the competition.
     Think about it for a moment . . . teams will race airplanes on a tight 5 kilometers circuit just 10 meters above the ground.
     Zallman, who had planned this event originally for 2020 saw his dream shut down by COVID-19.
     But, despite the setbacks that continue as COVID slowly gives up ground around the world, some big-time endorsements have raised interest, including Airbus devoting some pages on its website about the event, and we assume, support otherwise.

What’s Old Is New Again

     To set the stage, the airplanes are small. They all look to be maybe the size of a J2 (Piper Cub) or AerCoupe, two smallish aircraft that were popular here in America after World War II.
     It is hoped that a Formula One all-electric airplane race, a concept that Zallman has now expanded to include other than fixed wing aircraft, will raise interest, viability and support to the idea of electric powered flight amongst the general public.

Electric Captains of the Clouds

     The idea, Jeff Zallman is creating with an air race, and a spectacular event to draw attention to aviation, is as old as aviation itself.
     The history books are filled with both air races and early stunt flights that were held just a few years after the first Wright Brothers flight in 1903 that fastened the public’s attention to aviation.
     Brazilian inventor Alberto Santos Dumont flew his aircraft that looked like a box kite called “14-bis” (Quatorze-bis), also known as Oiseau de proie ("bird of prey" in French), in 1906, near Paris.
     Dumont who earlier had flown around the Eiffel Tower and made headlines worldwide in 14-bis was the first manned powered flight to be publicly witnessed by a crowd. It was also the first powered flight made anywhere outside of the United States, as well as the first powered flight by a non-Wright airplane.
     It wasn’t long before, with everybody getting into flying, air races became the stuff of fame and aviation headlines.

Amelia Earhart and Jimmy Doolittle

     Jimmy Doolittle, known as the leader of the Doolittle Raiders who, in 1942 bombed Tokyo, flying B-25 Mitchell Bomber aircraft, and later served as General of the 8th USAF became a household name October 26, 1925 piloting his Curtiss R-3C-2 to victory in the Schneider Trophy Race with an average speed of 374 km/h (232.17 mph).
     The next day Doolittle flew the R3C-2 (that now resides in the National Air & Space Museum) over a straight course at a world-record speed of 395 km/h and that was front-page news everywhere.
     Amelia Earhart set all sorts of firsts for pilots and women including a speed record from Mexico City to Washington, D.C. in 1935.

Hero Electric In Aviation

Dominique Milcendeau     So will Air Race E “light the candle” for electric aircraft?
     And who might emerge as our next aviation hero of a new way to fly, inspiring others?
     Will it be Dominique Milcendeau (left) of Team French E-Racer piloting a Cassutt IIIM with an electric propulsion system?
     Maybe it will be one or even more than one from the American Fort Worth, Texas entrant Möbius Aero?
Carl Copeland Möbius     One of the Founding and Official teams of Air Race E and the first and only official team of the Americas, Team Möbius member Carl Copeland, (right) said that the team is seeking both sponsors and industry partners to join them in ushering in the advent of electric flight.
     “We are in full-throttle R&D, developing a new, energy-dense battery technology, prototyping a custom, ultra-light motor, and currently producing the first 3D printed full-size prop specifically designed to exploit the advantages of a new motor platform.”
     That there are secrets in plenty, yet to be unlocked, in all of this simply thrills the imagination.
     “We are in the late stages of development for a new type of power-dense (therefore lighter) battery,” Möbius Aero says.
     “Unlike the lithium many are reasonably using, our system will not be using dangerous or toxic materials. It will also benefit from not being prone to thermal run-away or other fire hazard conditions. It will, as a result, have a lower discharge rate than lithium, but we will employ systems that manage our power availability.”
(Marisa Vickers (

Electric Pie In The Sky

     Another bright star is Pie Aeronefs SA, a Swiss electric aircraft manufacturer founded just a year ago in March 2020 by Marc Umbricht.
     “The idea is about developing next-gen electric aircraft that could replace aging piston-engine general aviation airplanes.
     “After discovering the upcoming Air Race E event, we wanted to use this opportunity to evolve in a competitive environment.
     “This will enable us to design an experimental racer as a first project and keep us moving forward with a tight timeline.
     “In addition,” Marc added, “we not only need to prove our aircraft flies, but also that it’s efficient.”
For more click here.

Archer VTOL

     The idea of electric flight, which utilizes several motors and links to software has opened up thinking in aviation circles that maybe a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft might at last have a future.
     Recent announcement that United Airlines is investing in VTOL startup Archer and has placed a $1 billion order for 200 VTOL aircraft was stunning, if perhaps otherwise somewhat overlooked news.
     Archer, which is currently in development, whilst raising vast sums of money for its project, says that its first aircraft, due out in 2024 will be a puddle jumper travelling 60 miles at 150 miles per hour.
     So the ability to carry some people between some close-in-city pairs via VTOL in maybe half the time it takes to travel by road or rail: fast, economical to operate and both quiet and greener than say a helicopter, and will cost passengers like an Uber ride, is intriguing.
     Archer says its aircraft at start up will have a pilot. However down the road, fans of the new technology envision pilotless, computer-flown aircraft.
     How UA will get that idea past its pilots union will be interesting to observe.

Listen! The Wind

     Talking about electric powered air races and passenger (and, or we assume, cargo in some manner) VTOL aircraft of the future, also brings forward the thought that for the first time in aviation history new aircraft will be in use that barely make a sound.
     The thunderous roar of low flying aircraft engines zooming around pylons at air show or the take-off or final approach and landing of an aircraft with cargo and people aboard, will be a mere whisper as compared to today.

Anne Morrow and Charles Lindbergh

     Thoughts drift back to 1933 and tiny Anne Morrow Lindbergh bundled up in the back seat as her husband flew his open cockpit Lockheed Sirius aircraft converted as a float plane on a proving flight across the Atlantic Ocean and across Africa.
     With ambient noise & wind blowing all around her, it must have been hard to think straight, let alone serve as navigator and radio operator for that journey.
     In 1938 she wrote a book about that flight with the remarkable title:
     “Listen! The Wind”.
     “One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay 'in kind' somewhere else in life,” she advised.
     In Greenland, the Eskimos shouting their welcome greetings, named the Lindbergh’s Lockheed, “Tingmissartoq” (one that flies like a big bird).
     That flight in 1933 established The Great Circle Route, which is still in use today as the way to fly across the North Atlantic to and from Europe.
     But now as we stand at the advent of airplanes separating noise from flight, we celebrate the ongoing aviation experience as it moves somewhere else in life.

World Environment Day
Every Can Counts—Ellie Kehoe, EveryCanCounts employee, looks at the rainbow arch, made from recycled aluminum cans at Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens. The 2,500 recycled cans are a drop in the bucket from the reported 1.5 million drink cans not recycled yearly in the city.

     As we go electric this issue, Saturday June 5th was the 47th World Environment Day.
     Here is what you can do this Summer here in the U.S., and if you think about it, really anywhere in the world to help the environment as we emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns.
     Anyone can volunteer, and volunteering can make a difference to where you live.      Get out of your comfort zone by volunteering in the U.S. for the National Park Service, or stay local by volunteering at your farmer’s market or the equivalent elsewhere.
     Any way you choose to participate, you'll feel the positive impact of getting out of the house and caring for the planet.

Qatar’s Deep Dish Commitment

     On the airline side Qatar Airways reinforced its outstanding comprehensive sustainability program on June 4th to protect the planet.
     Qatar Airways Group said that it is dedicated to environmental leadership across all of its entities, including airline, airport operations, aviation and catering services, retail outlets and hotels.
     More click here.


      While efforts continue and attention is focused on concern for the global environment here are some numbers that underscore the challenge we all face in 2021:
          90 billion tons – the number of resources extracted from Earth every year.
          7.8 billion – the number of people populating Earth.
          4.1 billion – the number of consumers in the world.
          5.6 billion – the number of consumers expected by 2030.
          70% – the percentage of the world’s resources currently being overused.
          2.12 billion tons – the number of waste dumped every year.
          50 million tons – the number of e-waste produced every year.
          $7.8 trillion – the value of the global production of synthetic chemicals.
          2050 – the year when the world population is expected to be too big to feed.
          2070 – the year when coral reefs are expected to be gone altogether.

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    “What is convention?
  “Just a bunch of salesmen hanging around (a trade show) telling each other stories.”
   Fred McMurray to Carole Lombard in the movie “Hands Across The Table” circa 1935.

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