July 22, 2019 Monday Insight

Where Will You Be On August 25?

IAFS™ Attendees Will Be Visiting The Future

One of the unique features of the International Aviation Forecast Summit is that it’s focused entirely on exploring the future of aviation… the future as aviation leaders – CEOs and senior executives from across the airline, airport and aircraft sectors – each see it unfolding.

That’s the difference at the IAFS™. These thought-leaders join us to discuss their perspectives.

No droning “panels” straight-jacketed into talking about pre-determined subjects that conference organizers have unilaterally determined to be the latest trendy concepts in group-think.

In that regard, many IAFS™ attendees join us for our exclusive optional pre-Summit Workshop program, this year on Sunday afternoon, August 25.

Over just a few exciting hours, this program delivers more insight and futurist thinking than other aviation events in their entirety.

And they tend to rattle a few cages of traditional thinking.

Here’s an outline of just one of the Workshops…

Airports:2025 –

Leveraging America’s Globe-Leading Aviation System

There’s lots of media babble about how the United States has a deteriorating airport system compared to the rest of the world. It’s dogma.

This wallow in factual myopia typically takes new airports in, say China, or in Turkey, or they showcase Singapore, and then compares them to the old New York LaGuardia, and arrogantly concludes that America is sinking into the Third World of aviation.

Wrong. Flat wrong. Fake news.

The fact is that this country already has the most advanced airport system in the world… one that’s ready to deliver all of the resources of the USA – rural, regional, and metro – to compete in the global economy. These media stories – even in the aviation sector, which should know better – are oblivious to the functional role and economic importance of airports.

On August 25, turn down the lights in the room. In this Workshop, we’re teleporting to January 1, 2025.

Let’s explore. It’s a world where there’s a whole new logistics system in place – one in which airports of all sizes have new roles and new economic opportunities.

Now, here in 2025, airports – whether in major metro areas or in the rural West – are now a vibrant part of the global economy. Things are very different from today.

Your Cell Phone Might Be Made In Nebraska. One of the key things we notice as we enter 2025 is that manufacturing has changed fundamentally. The rest of the world is recognizing that an electronics plant in places like Scottsbluff and Waco are superior options to facilities in Vietnam or Mexico. 

One major change is that the advantage of “low labor costs” (read: workers paid two-bits an hour working 12 hours a day without benefits) cannot compete with the economics of new manufacturing technologies represented by robotics.

From Factory To Consumer In 90% Less Time. Next, we’ll find that the new logistics systems in place can deliver these goods faster to distribution centers at lower cost than schlepping them by boat from Cambodia, having them wait for three days at the clogged Port of Los Angeles and then be trans-shipped by rail to another location to be shifted again onto truck transport.

In this, UAVs are a key part of the new system, too, with remote command centers directing just-in-time deliveries, vastly lowering distribution costs and opening many of America’s 4,000 airports to new logistical roles.

See, that drone technology that can plop a major piece of ordinance on top of some terrorist bozo in the Middle East, is also viable for moving goods – and in many cases at a total cost less than ground transport, too.

Different – Very Different – Air Access. Air passenger travel will also be materially evolved.

Commercial centers such as Albany, Columbus and Louisville will be enjoying nonstops to key hubs in the E.U., opening new investment and commercial activity from all across Europe and Asia.

No, we won’t see a return of the 1980s regional air system. No, there won’t be a new resurgence of scheduled flights at all small airports – by 2025 that pipe dream will be replaced by the reality of regional access – instead of wasting money chasing local airport air service that’s politically-desired but consumer non-competitive.

Instead of rural passenger air service at the local airport that doesn’t economically work, in 2025 the new channels of communication and logistics will kick the economic gates open at small communities across the nation.

Our Airport System Is Functional… Not Flashy. At this Workshop, we are going to illuminate how the U.S. airport system is already the most advanced in the world.

Sure, that glowing high-end shopping experience of Singapore Changi, and the engineering wonder of the new Beijing Daxing International, and the wonderous new Istanbul airport are all impressive.

But when it comes to being ready to deliver the goods (literally and figuratively), these facilities pale against the value and economic power of the U.S. airport system of over 4,000 viable airports ready to take advantage of the future of global logistics technology.

Join Us For More… This is just one of the Workshops being held on August 25, at the Wynn/Encore Las Vegas. They are just the prelude to the data, information, and futurist forecasts delivered at the Summit itself.

Click here for more information. The specific agenda of presentations is being posted shortly, and the outlines of the other pre-Summit optional workshops are now shown.

If you’re into banging on the cages of traditional and outmoded aviation thinking, let’s get together August 25-27.

We look forward to seeing you!