Ever since the first airplane took to the skies, the world has subtly started changing. Nobody ever thought that there was so much potential hidden in those wings. Many of us take aviation for granted, but some of us stand and awe of just how far this technology has come. Within a few simple hours, we have the power to traverse the entire globe. Geography stopped being a challenge for good. Nobody can deny that this was one of the most important innovations. Aircraft quickly and safely connect towns, cities, states, countries, regions, continents, nationalities, and people from all walks of life. If you want to be somewhere different, try something you have not before, or just want a new life, hop on an airplane and it will take you there.
Today, aviation is an integral part of most people's lives on the planet. Millions take to the skies daily. Some travel for business, some travel to see family, and probably most travel for vacation. Airports are now social and commercial meccas, a place where people can rest, eat, sleep, work, and of course travel. Flying is very safe and becomes more so every year. Airports are becoming woven into the fabric of major cities. They are no longer just a place where you go to quickly catch a flight, but rather a complete experience for many people. They have become powerful economic drivers for many cities, breaking down cultural, geographic, and time barriers. This allows business to flourish, people to interact more, and life to blossom.
Aircraft are quickly becoming cleaner and more efficient. They are also becoming lighter and stronger because materials and manufacturing techniques are evolving. Aircraft are now able to fly longer non-stop routes than ever before. The Airbus A350, the Boeing 747-8 and the Boeing 777X are leading the way. Engines are also becoming quieter and more efficient. Airlines are taking advantage of these for shorter routes. Newer and better short-range aircraft have also appeared on the scene. Some examples are the A220 Airbus and the Embraer E-190. There are new plans and works for renewed supersonic aircraft, like the Concord. One shining example is the Boom Supersonic, which looks very promising.
The future is bright for aviation. Aircraft manufacturers are doing all they can to produce the best aircraft. Airlines are working to provide a good experience for all passengers. New airport infrastructure is state-of-the-art, and old airports are constantly remodeled. There are already plans for some to integrate space port capabilities for future commercial trips to and from orbit and beyond. This seems to be only the beginning.
So many more things in are life are now possible that never used to be, and it is all thanks to modern aviation. We are at the threshold of greatness and there are no signs of stopping. Aviation is one of the fundamental pillars of modernization that will take our society to a more advanced level.