Deal with the Naysayers
Designer Oscar Vinals recently unveiled his concept design for AWWA-QG Progress Eagle, a futuristic mega jet for doing long haul journeys. It’s quite an unusual design and flies in stark contrast to our current aviation beliefs. The Progress Eagle is a 3 storey plane that would accommodate 800 people, features 6 hydrogen fuel engines and has wings covered in hexagon solar panels. Once the Eagle reaches cruising speed the rear engine would be turned off and used as wind turbine which in combination with the solar panels moves the plane. As a result the designer believes it would be a quiet, zero emission airline.
What’s fascinating about this concept is that it will draw naysayers aplenty. Not long ago Vinals also envisaged the AWWA Sky Whale, which boasted self repairing wings, large passenger windows, room for 755 people and was even capable of vertical take offs. At the time of suggesting the Sky Whale, aeronautical professors commented to the BBC that although it was eye catching, the design did not make up for its many impracticalities.
People like Vinals need to have a thick skin and a strong backbone. To create something new, design a new category, break a mould, be disruptive, and go the road less travelled, you have to put up with those who don’t see the opportunities, fail to dream and are quite content in their status quo. We applaud designers like this guy and even though it may not be there yet, the possibilities are being suggested, envisaged, dreamed of, and who knows, in 10 years time we’ll hopefully look back and see that these so called naysayers were proven wrong.
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