Historically, technological breakthroughs and advances and even more so in the aeronautical world were accomplished by pioneers and dreamers. These courageous minds, often controversial, have reflected on new and futuristic ideas by thinking “outside the box”.
Since the end of the second world war, the aeronautical industry has undergone continuous restructuration. Many manufacturers have appeared, giving rise to an incalculable number of prototypes. Some then disappear, others ally themselves to reform within bigger groups which have gradually become megastructures. This rationalisation of the aerospace sector has resulted in a strong, reliable, performing, professional and profitable industry. But combined with the privatisation of major contractors, the financial disengagement of state and the reduction of military programs, this reorganization has also resulted in a uniformity of technologies, a classicism of research and a sharp decrease in creativity and innovation.
Yet in a globalised world where each country quickly accesses the most modern technologies and where economic battles often replace military conflicts, innovation and technological progress are generally considered as the best way in maintaining technical and industrial supremacy.
The aeronautics sector will also have to manage societal developments in general, such as the saturation of various infrastructures: terrestrial, airport and airspace. Not to mention the explosion of individual and collective activities and finally the ecological challenges.
There is no doubt that the aeronautical industry will not escape this rule and will have to invest heavily in research and innovation in the coming years to meet the economic, social and ecological challenges of tomorrow.
However, modern aeronautic activity is not common. If ideas do not cost too much, their thorough studies, testing and prototypes, regulations and certifications require human, material and financial needs that only recognised manufacturers possess. Therefore, the purpose of Flight-Alternatives is to offer a “non-conformist” belief, to propose innovative and original concepts and to find a means of manufacturing them through a financial partnership. For instance, those with the skills and know-how of the aeronautics and space industry or all those interested in our innovations that could tie in with the technological adaptation of their areas.