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New Aviation Technology To Look Out For September 25, 2017

Posted by Abingdon in General Ramblings.
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New technology is exciting for any industry; it revolutionizes processes, creates new opportunities, and creates steps that make moving forward easier. Though some industries move at a pace that’s faster than others it doesn’t mean that there isn’t valid progress being made in technology in that field. The potential of using upgraded technology in planes, airport, and general travel is limitless. Here are just a few ways technology may begin to break into the aviation scene:


Blockchain Technology – Blockchain (here is a quick refresher of the definition of the technology from the guy who invented it:  an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.) has the ability to turn airline miles into something much more pervasive and valuable outside the defined boundaries of airlines and hands through their journey between airlines, airport, and more.

Drones – Though they are primarily in use for recreational or marketing purposes they could potentially serve many others as time goes on and things go through trial and error. A few o the ways in which many believe drones could be utilized in aviation is through air traffic control, pilot training, and more.

Augmented Reality – Yet another technology that’s gaining more ground but still on the cutting edge. A quick recap of augmented reality versus virtual reality: virtual reality creates a different world than the one you’re in. Augmented reality alters your current one by adding additional things to it.  The view is enhanced with information (sensory input, static and dynamic information sources, location, object and context awareness) and functionalities which could be applied on the airport ramp to support ground operations through the use of the AR technology.

Indoor positioning systems (Beacon technology) – Tracking moving objects with beacon tech is becoming more and more popular in mainstream industries. Like Tile that will help you find your keys. Think of a beacon on every piece of luggage, and more.

Best Dive Spots For Experienced Scuba Divers September 11, 2017

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You’re a pro at this, under the sea is where your soul belongs and when it comes to scuba diving this is not your first rodeo! It’s not our first rodeo either, so we often find ourselves trying to locate dive locations that challenge, ignite or otherwise excite experienced divers.

Cathedral Cove: Located in New Zealand in The Coromandel Peninsula, from beautiful Hahei Beach you can walk to the cove for incredibly easy access to one of your new favorite dive spots. With peak visibility being about 50 feet, expect to find kelp forests, playful sea lions, seals, rays, giant sea bass, black sea bass, some small ship wrecks and underwater arches during your explorations. So, in other words, it’s a picturesque place to enjoy a cove that ever diver or marine biologist would fall in love with.


Osprey Reef: Tropical North Queensland and pretty much any other extreme sport experience you could be looking for (bungee jumping, white water rafting, hang gliding and more). What makes the diving extreme in this reef is the shark life. Sharks are among the many marine life that inhabit this reef and make the dive unique. Located in Australia it’s part of one of their greatest barrier reef areas. The remoteness of Osprey Reef is a highlight in itself, where you will often find yourself far removed from anything that isn’t wet and colorful.


HTMS Sattakut Wreck: Koh Tao is a popular place to check getting your Open Water Certification off your bucket list. The “Sattakut” is the ex Thai Navy boat HTMS Sattakut, kindly donated to Koh Tao by a consortium that includes The Department of Marine and Costal Resources and the Royal Thai Navy. The boat has an abundance of marine life that will keep you visually stimulated through the entire dive. The shallowest part of the dive is at 18 meters sand the deepest is 27 meters only for PADI Wreck Specialist divers.


Blue Hole in Belize: The shaft sinkhole might just be the most dangerous cave dive on the planet. At the beginning of this dive, the diver must take off their equipment in order to get through a man hole which is just too small to accommodate both them and their equipment. Guess you better not be claustrophobic! Even though the Great Blue Hole is considered a must-dive, one should be aware that it is not for divers of all skill levels – a prerequisite is logging more than 24 dives. It is also not a ‘colourful dive’, instead, divers witness a dark cave with impressive stalactites. Sometimes the water is crystal clear and lends to some marine life… but for the most part it’s a dark dive.


The Temple of Doom: Also named Calavera, which means skull, because the three holes on the roof gives the impression of being inside a skull. The combination of dark passageways and intricate tunnels, can cause divers to become disorientated and lost; and this leads to extreme difficulty if you’re not experienced enough. But, it’s one for the books.