I was just reading some material concerning Textron, the personnel layoffs, the move of manufacturing to foreign countries and the folks being upset about moving all those manufacturing jobs. On the other end of the spectrum is the continued slow sales pace of not only of new and used aircraft, but also housing and other high-dollar purchases.
The fact is that there is "a disturbance in the force". Money is just not what it used to be. The fact is that we must adapt to the new values. And, that brings great opportunity!
The children I want to talk about are those that can look past all the bad news and focus on building the new generation of aircraft. They even include the next generation of politicians. Those politicians will start on the local level by insuring that land, buildings and infrastructure exist at affordable prices for small businesses to grow. Those politicians will insure that nothing stands in the way of these independent small businessmen including onerous and unaffordable perks the national government mandates. A small businessman must work alone if otherwise he would be forced to spend 50% of wages for government programs.
The children I want to talk about are those that have an iPhone and instead of thinking of a telephone and Internet device, they instead see the simplistic core of the next generation of avionics. They see a hardened iPhone that can serve as a measuring tool that acts as a defensive aid to identify threats and counter those threats. They see the variations of the iPhone being able to communicate encrypted information in various operational modes to overcome weather, military threats and other iPhone devices that might be attempting espionage or simply trying to listen to the Beatles.
They see the iPhone (or Android or any other small, and especially affordable, capable computer) as the simple device needed to connect to the ground and connect to the passengers on board. They know that the iPhone has destroyed the need for a separate GPS device in their car and they know that such a device can provide navigation in the aircraft they are building. They know the iPhone's cousin the iPad would be the perfect size such that 3 or 4 iPads would provide a phenomenal display for their new aircraft and serve as backups for one another as well as for compromised iPhone avionics devices. They know that flight control and collision avoidance and other systems they have not yet imagined can use these small computer devices off the shelf and in hardened variations to get the job done.
They also know that since 40% to 50% of an aircraft's cost is now tied up in Avionics costs that looking at the iPhone as a starting point is a direct attack on aircraft manufacturing costs in their future.
The children I want to talk about know that a solar component can serve as a battery charger and they know how much charge is needed so that night-flight never needs to be a concern. They know how to design a system such that a power disruption is never a power shutdown. They also know that when the impossible shutdown occurs that systems to prevent loss of life are in place.
The children I want to talk about are expert at finding supplies on Alibaba not because they do not want to buy American, but rather because they want Americans to be able to afford to buy their aircraft.
But there is no need to fear. Our children have it in themselves to regain the character that we have lost. Our baby boom generation has lost its way. Our children will find a way to make it happen once again. I just hope I live long enough to see us back on top.