One of the main reasons I do not fly private aircraft is the waste. I do not care to light money on fire while exhausting fumes into the blue sky. The good news is the industry as a whole is working towards sensibility. Have a look at the Celera 500L.
“Innovation at its core is solving a problem without conventional bias. Our goal was to create a private aircraft that would allow for direct flights between any city pair in the U.S. at speeds and cost comparable to commercial air travel,” William Otto Sr., the Chairman and Chief Scientist of Otto Aviation, said in a statement. “In many cases, individuals and families will be able to charter the Celera 500L at prices comparable to commercial airfares, but with the added convenience of private aviation. We believe when the price of private air travel is competitive with commercial air travel, an enormous market opportunity will result."
“Otto Aviation's Celera 500L has officially come out of the shadows and the company has now outlined its vision for the potentially revolutionary high-efficiency aircraft, including possible unmanned variants and military versions configured for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.” - The Drive
The Business of Instability
A private jet might be what you need. Social unrest might be here to stay. According to a study from 2010!
“Political instability may be a contributor in the coming decade…..Quantitative historical analysis reveals that complex human societies are affected by recurrent — and predictable — waves of political instability. In the United States, we have stagnating or declining real wages, a growing gap between rich and poor, overproduction of young graduates with advanced degrees, and exploding public debt……All these cycles look set to peak in the years around 2020.” - Peter Turchin
The business of kidnapping: inside the secret world of hostage negotiation. Official policy in the UK and US – unlike in many other countries – is to never make concessions to kidnappers. Those taken sometimes die as a result. Is it time to rethink? By Joel Simon. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
“Eight out of ten people in Britain live in a home with a private garden; one in ten at least has access to a balcony, a terrace, a patio, or a communal garden. The national affection for gardening sustains a horticulture industry that is worth about thirty billion dollars a year to the U.K. economy. British consumers spend more than three billion dollars annually at garden centers, many of them sprawling outdoor emporiums that feature cafés offering quiches and cream teas, and playgrounds for children bored by the begonias. The Horticultural Trade Association, founded in 1899, estimates that half of all adults in the U.K. engage in some sort of gardening, and in the past six months—which included an unusually prolonged stretch of warm, dry weather—Britons have been able to do more gardening than ever.” - The New Yorker (on the therapeutic nature of gardening)
New Book out September 30th by Derek Gow!
”Bringing Back the Beaver is farmer-turned-ecologist Derek Gow’s inspirational and often riotously funny firsthand account of how the movement to rewild the British landscape with beavers has become the single most dramatic and subversive nature conservation act of the modern era. Since the early 1990s – in the face of outright opposition from government, landowning elites and even some conservation professionals – Gow has imported, quarantined and assisted the reestablishment of beavers in waterways across England and Scotland.” - Publishers Weekly
A tuna’s worth…..Bluefin tuna are a luxury that feeds the egos of many, the bellies of few. Inside a Canadian fishery that pursues them. - Article & Audio, Hakai Magazine