Thursday, April 24, 2014

Look Ma, No Tires!

It can carry 4 passengers safely, travelling at speeds up to 350 MPH. It does approximately 20 MPG, runs on automotive gasoline, and is able to carry a useful payload of 750 Lbs... Oh yes, I forgot to mention, it's bright red, has no tires, and it flies!

As an rule, the Tire industry 'revolves' (yes the pun was intentional) around a series of peculiar mechanical and physical requirements: friction, pressure, directional velocities and other earthly considerations.

But what would happen if the need to support the vehicle on the road's surface was no longer a requirement? What would happen to the tire industry then? Gone would be the need for long lasting tires, for tires that can withstand high speeds, for tires that can run flat and for a myriad of other tire products - you simply wouldn't need them.

Fact or Fiction?

So is it fact or fiction? It's FACT.

Flying cars exist today and one in particular is called the Moller Skycar. Scheduled for FAA certification by December 31, 2006 this vehicle of the future is now a reality. It can carry 4 passengers safely (it will even hover with one failed engine, and apparently during a catastrophic power failure this vehicle will float to earth on emergency parachutes!) This Skycar can carry a payload of 750Lbs, travel at speeds of up to 350 MPH and can cruise at an altitude of 25,000 feet.

The primary power house behind this marvel is the Rotapower engine. Based on the Wankel rotary format this new engine (along with dozens of other amazing inventions including an automatic levelling and self balancing in-flight system) make this vehicle safe enough, and easy enough for the general public to fly.

Forget "The Jetsons" - Think Joe Q Public

Imagine that, Joe Q. Public able to fly one of the most advanced personal transportation vehicles in the world, and apparently with out any specialised pilot training! This was of course precisely what Dr. Paul Moller of British Columbia intended. Born and raised on a chicken ranch in south-eastern BC near a town called Trail, this budding engineer was already building things by the time he was 6.

He built his first house by the time he was 9 and his first car by 15. The flying 'bug' bit him early in life and his illustrious career has now spanned more than 30 years. The Skycar represents his vision of a personal transportation device that would allow him to "fly like a hummingbird" and go places he had never been without any constraints.

Personal Freedom For Just...

And the price tag for this personal freedom? Well as you might imagine it's not cheap - so don't start thinking of changing careers any time soon. The first few Skycars will sell for a cool $995,000 USD. The subsequent units will sell for between $500,000 and $995,000.

Of course, the logistical issues of such a vehicle are hugely complex and as you might imagine the Moller corporation has to deal with red tape and bureaucracy like the rest of us. They are hoping to have their FAA certification by December 2006 and yes, they are already taking orders for this vehicle. If you wish to secure your own you need to put down a $100,000 deposit.

"We Wants It! We Wants My Precious!"

I don't know about you, but if I had a spare million dollars just lying around, I think I'd be one of the first in line to get one of these machines. I wonder if this type of vehicle will be available before I'm too old to drive one?

As a parting thought, consider the aftermarket potential for add-on equipment: warp drive, laser guns, plasma rays and ... oh yes, that's right - this is FACT not FICTION.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Choose An Elevator Company for Integrity and Safety

Here in the United States, especially in the northeast, there are many choices to choose from when it comes to finding an elevator company that offers high quality products and superior service. The essential elements that make for a respectable company of any kind, regardless of the product or service being offered, are attention to detail, excellent communication, responsible commerce, and smart business sense. With an elevator company, there's got to be a large measure of safety and technological savvy to guide the business as it works its way through the bidding, designing, constructing, assembling, and finishing phases for installing a lift in a building or structure, whatever kind it may be. Years of business and engineering intelligence are required to achieve the dynamic results required by a mechanical endeavor like installing a properly fitting and securely working lift for a structure, whether it's commercial or residential. There are schools that can guide this type of intelligence, but hands-on training is the way to go. Indeed, it's the best way to go.

Think of all the lives that depend on properly designed and securely installed building assets, like the lift that brings people up and down the multiple floors of a structure. There are so many different kinds for various uses, like mining shafts, residential buildings, commercial offices, industrial structures, and municipal lifts, that it takes a real master craftsperson to understand the logistics, mechanical and otherwise, that goes into installation. Especially when it comes to commercial offices spaces, where literally thousands of people use these vertical transportation devices, it is important, indeed imperative, that every possible precaution can be assessed and implemented. Any elevator company worth the paper their business license is printed on must be able to honestly and insightfully measure, gauge, and guide their installation procedures within a certain window of circumspect. Not only for insurance purposes, but also for the sake of any conscious respect for the individuals who will trust the vehicle they enter with the transportation of their person. Who would you trust?

When it comes to choosing an elevator company for the installation of your lift system, give pause to consider the people who will be riding inside of these cabs. Have a good research and information session with your architects to discover any particular design aspects that might fit into your planning, then set up a meet and greet to engage in conversation. What is it you really need? Is it a lift to take elderly people up and down a few floors in their residential community? Or is it an industrial lift, meant for transporting heavy loads up and down several floors of a building? These are viable questions to consider.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fleet Insurance - Taking Care of All Your Vehicles By the Fleet

There are a myriad of vehicle insurance types to choose from. Each car or van insurance, however, depends on the vehicle itself and in the ownership of that vehicle. Choosing the perfect insurance package for each vehicle is not an easy decision to make. So imagine if you have a whole fleet of vehicles to get insurance for!

Fleet insurance is a great way of managing the cost of insuring your company vehicles and in ensuring that claims are handled with as less stress and hassle as possible. A company may opt to self-insure by way of insurance bonds. This is very expensive and the risk to the business is high, particularly given the number of claims that are probable and the open-ended nature of the claims that may arise. Handling claims can be a logistical and administrative headache and is something that a fleet insurance policy can handle in a breeze.

Fleet insurance removes the burden of having separate policies for every vehicle. Simply consider the monitoring and tracking that would be required to ensure that each vehicle has the proper coverage, gets renewed on time and continued with no period of non-coverage.

Fleet insurance takes away all the worries from the part of the business and vehicle owner. Fleet insurance policies do vary, but the basics remain across all providers. Fleet insurance premiums are governed by the number and type of vehicles, their age and condition as well as the overall mileage that can be expected from the fleet or classes of vehicle within the fleet.

Claims history is also relevant but high risk drivers who otherwise would not or could not be insured may become covered by use of a fleet insurance policy. Individual insurers will have different ways of calculating premiums and assessing the risk that is presented but these processes tend to follow a common path based on the fleet factors we've already mentioned.

Limited liability insurance that is included in fleet insurance policies takes into consideration the fact that you must also insure the vehicles and the acts of the driver and the riders during the normal course of business.

Fleet insurance for lorries and caravans should cover the goods that are to be transported as well. If you are commercially transporting goods that are practically the lifeblood of your business, you also need to look at insuring the cost of these goods in the event of theft or loss while in your control, in transit or during a breakdown of the vehicle. These issues also need to be considered when looking at what a fleet insurance policy can provide for you and the riders of the vehicles, and not simply focusing upon the insurance of the fleet itself.

Running a fleet of vehicles in your business presents some unique problems and issues. Fleet insurance can be a very helpful tool so you can do away with the extra burden and liability that may arise in the course of your business. Getting a fleet insurance for loads of vehicles gives the business owner the much needed convenience that individual vehicle insurance policies do not offer.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Do You Know About Man And Van Groupage?

If you know anything about the delivery trade, you'll probably have heard the term "man and van groupage" before. While in the past it's been a term more often used by larger haulage firms, the current economic climate has made many smaller companies, such as delivery companies turn to groupage to make sure they're staying as stable as possible. But what is it?

Essentially, it's a way of maximizing space in a delivery vehicle, so that small and large transport companies make the most of their load space and time. Rather than traveling with a half load, delivery companies find items being delivered that can fill that space. This is often at a fraction of the cost of the original delivery, because the vehicle is going there anyway. If you think about it, without man and van groupage, we would have an awful lot of vehicles traveling on our roads only half full, or even worse, empty. While back loads are a slightly different thing, you can still use the same method of man and van groupage with back loads, and save yourself money.

When a transport or logistics operator, for example, decides to go for groupage, they often use a delivery auction website in order to get extra business. This is a great place for you to advertise your items for delivery, because you get these great deals on moving costs, and you're also doing your bit to save on CO2 emissions.

It can be very difficult for delivery companies and man and van operators to continue trading in these difficult times. When you use man and van groupage, everyone wins. It may not be the most appropriate choice if you have something that needs to be delivered at a very specific time, but the more flexibility you have, the better man and van groupage could work for you.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

What Dreams May come on an Adventure Travel Trip

As you approach the first big rapid of the day, you hear the roar. Salmon Falls is a five-foot wave drop around car-sized rocks, and now you and your family drift toward the edge.

"Easy forward," your guide requests, as you paddle to gather momentum. The boat surges forward. Everyone paddles together to power the raft onto the blue tongue of water that will take you to the center of the foaming froth below.

"Okay, team, here we go! Left turn!" the guide yells. The boat then spins to face dead ahead into the roller coaster maelstrom.

"Looks like fun! Let's run the drop. Forward hard!"

The raft speeds into and over several waves. Paddles fly. People whoop and holler, as you bounce up and over and through the heart of Salmon Falls. After gracefully moving through walls of white and mountains of waves you emerge, soaking wet and elated. You pat the backs of your family members and new friends, as your paddle raft team celebrates a successful run through an unbelievably fun rapid.

"We did it," you quietly whisper to yourself. Here we are, whitewater rafting in Idaho. It's more fun than I could have dreamed.

Running rapids, galloping on horseback, riding through a herd of water buffalo in an open air jeep, or looking down, down, down at the specks of people as your hot air balloon goes up, up, up, are all great examples of what you can expect from an adventure travel vacation. But there is even more! Solid planning and expertise are hallmarks of adventure travel that make these dramatic 'highs' possible. Exceptionally knowledgable guides, great food, stunning and peaceful outdoor settings, and hassle-free logistics are just a few of the basic features your adventure travel vacation is likely to include and ones we've chosen to highlight for you below.

Experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly guides are an essential part of adventure vacations and professional adventure travel companies. These women and men love what they do and are excited and eager to share their passion with you, their guests. Most successful adventure travel company guides have years of experience leading trips or are paired with those who have led such trips in the past. In addition to technical expertise, guides have a wealth of knowledge about the regions in which they work. As a result, on adventure trips you learn much about the flora, fauna, natural history, and culture that surround you.

On family trips, guides often have in their repertoire games, information sheets, books, and more specifically designed for children. The entire family learns first-hand from these skilled, accessible trip leaders, who present a wide range of information and gladly answer all of your questions. Guides are also equipped to handle medical concerns or emergencies in the field. Virtually every professional adventure guide has certifications in First-Aid and CPR, and many have trained specifically for wilderness or emergency medical situations. Though rare, should a medical problem arise on your trip, you and your children should feel comfortable knowing that your guides are capable of effectively dealing with whatever comes their way.

Finally, adventure travel guides are resourceful and friendly. Whether they help you set up your tent, assist you in getting on and off a horse, or explain why moss grows on the north side of trees, you can feel confident that your guide genuinely enjoys being of assistance. Each guide wants you to appreciate where you are and what you are doing as much as he or she does. It is in the guide's best interest to do so. Guides love their work and want to continue in their chosen field. They want you to come back again and again!

Fantastic food is another feature of adventure travel provided by adventure travel companies, that is often an unexpected pleasure. Outfitters have long prided themselves on presenting healthy and filling meals with a flair. There is nothing quite like sitting around a campfire on a starry night and sinking your teeth into a deep dish of Dutch-oven lasagna or a juicy piece of barbecued boneless breast of teriyaki chicken. Accompanied by a fresh green salad and garlic bread, the evening meal is likely to be capped with a delicious piece of cake, also direct from the Dutch oven. On most adventure trips, guides often take transportation which enables them to carry lots of food in ice chests and other containers that assure freshness. For example, rafts on a multi-day river trip typically carry thousands of pounds of food in large ice chests. On some trips cooks are part of the crew, while on others, the guides double as master chefs. Regardless of who cooks, you will be able to eat to your stomach's content. Furthermore, most outfitters will customize meals to meet any dietary requests or needs you or your children may have.

Many people choose an adventure vacation based on the activities involved. This is an excellent way to decide which tour to take. Whether you choose a horsepacking trip, wildlife safari, wilderness river journey, or other type of adventure, activity is often the focal point of the trip, with the setting a secondary concern or interest. But the truth is no matter what tour you choose, you will be surprised at just how spectacular your surroundings are. From deep, dramatic river canyons to cloud-touching, razor back ridges, the wilderness settings of most adventure trips provide plenty of reasons in and of themselves for a vacation. These awe-inspiring spots promote relaxation, reverie, and the ability to recharge. You will be amazed at the amount of opportunities your children have to explore. Combine that with the fun and rewarding activitiy you chose in the first place and you will likely look back on your adventure vacation as the best you've ever had.

Last, but not least, outfitters pride themselves on creating trips that allow you to have few or no concerns other than enjoyment. Typically, once you meet your guides at the rendezvous, meals, transportation, accommodations, and more are taken care of. Before the family described above, for example, reached the brink of Salmon Falls, they had received in the mail a thorough pre-trip package of information, which included a comprehensive packing list and suggestions on how to prepare for the trip. They also had help arranging transportation to the rendezvous. Once met by their guides at the rendezvous, they were driven to the river, given a complete safety and instructional presentation, and helped with the packing of their waterproof bags. On the river, each day, every family member was made to feel welcome and comfortable, fed expansive, healthy meals, and given ideas of what to look for in terms of interesting flora and fauna, and so on. At the end of the trip, the shuttle vehicle took them where they needed to go.

An outfitter's careful preparation and smooth operation of a trip often make families wish their vacations never end. Not having to ponder what needs to be done while on a holiday allows you to let go of worries and clear your mind. Caring guides, great meals, wonderful wilderness, and hassle-free logistics result in great family vacations that leave you with the feeling that your next adventure trip can't come soon enough!