Drone Use Coming to Fruition!

Drone Use Coming to Fruition!

Drone Use Coming to FruitionJune 2, 2015 – In 2014, Blackbird blogged about the use of drones and their possible impact on the various industries we serve.  Since then, much has changed legally regarding the future of drone activity.  In the six months since the previous blog, the FAA has gone from stating that it is illegal to fly drones, to setting up regulations making it soon possible for certain drones to be flown.

 

The Washington Post reported that “thousands of businesses could receive clearance to fly drones two years from now under proposed rules that the FAA unveiled, a landmark step that will make automated flight more commonplace”.

 

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Lending to the Energy Industry

Lending to the Energy Industry

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May 26, 2015 – The Wall Street Journal recently reported that tens of millions of dollars have “gone up in smoke” on loans made to the energy industry by Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and UBS. Loans issued to oil and gas companies have looked increasingly unappetizing, making it difficult for the banks to sell them on the market.

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Cycling is the New Golf?

Cycling is the New Golf?

Business Rides

May 14, 2015 – We recently posted a blog discussing the downward trend in people playing golf in today’s economy. In that blog we mentioned that The New York Times claimed that high-end business deals are trending away from being made on the golf, and toward being on high-end bicycles.

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Golf Course Closures

Golf Course Closures

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April 30, 2015 – On April 16th, Blackbird Asset Services completed an auction in Buffalo, New York for the maintenance and other turf equipment of Westwood Country Club. Westwood was founded in 1921 and closed to make way for a new planned community development.

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More Snow?

More Snow?

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March 31, 2015 – Yesterday we tried valiantly to begin the set up process for our auction sale of golf course maintenance equipment at Westwood Country Club in Buffalo NY.    OK, we know that Buffalo has a bad rap for weather, and whether or not you like winter weather this one has been brutal. 

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Unclaimed Baggage Auctions

Unclaimed Baggage Auctions

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March 19, 2015 – According to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association on any given day, more than 87,000 flights are in the skies in the United States. In 2014 there were 1.8 million lost luggage incidents which factors out to be 3.09 bags per 1,000 passengers. Although only 2% of luggage mishandled by airlines is forever lost or unclaimed, what happens to these bags once they are finally recovered?

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More Snow?

More Snow?

Starting with “Snowmageddon” in November, 2014 – the storm that forced the postponement of our Marine Steel Painting auction sale – this winter has been long, cold and unrelenting. Yesterday started out a reasonable day to begin our auction set up process. ...

Unclaimed Baggage Auctions

Unclaimed Baggage Auctions

In the December 2014 / January 2015 edition of Auctioneer, an article called Mile-High Merch discusses what a lot of us have wondered: what happens to our “lost stuff?” The article is based in the Indianapolis International Airport where millions of people fly in and...

More Construction Employment Leads to Equipment Sales

More Construction Employment Leads to Equipment Sales

This increase in construction jobs should lead to the need for more construction equipment deployed in the field. The implied advantage of purchasing used construction equipment when tooling your company is an inherent cost benefit vs buying new equipment. Typically,...

More About Drones

More About Drones

While our original blog discussed drones being used for transportation purposes, this article touches on other areas drones can be particularly helpful. How about for surveying? Showing clients and potential clients an aerial overview of completed projects? Monitor...

Bankruptcy Filings Continue Downward Trend

Bankruptcy Filings Continue Downward Trend

Chapter 11 filings also fell during the first nine months of 2014 as the 4,099 filings represented a 21 percent decrease from the 5,183 chapter 11 filings during the first nine months of 2013. This continues a year-over-year downward trend that began after US business...

Past Articles

Unclaimed Baggage Auctions

Unclaimed Baggage Auctions

In the December 2014 / January 2015 edition of Auctioneer, an article called Mile-High Merch discusses what a lot of us have wondered: what happens to our “lost stuff?” The article is based in the Indianapolis International Airport where millions of people fly in and...

read more
More Construction Employment Leads to Equipment Sales

More Construction Employment Leads to Equipment Sales

This increase in construction jobs should lead to the need for more construction equipment deployed in the field. The implied advantage of purchasing used construction equipment when tooling your company is an inherent cost benefit vs buying new equipment. Typically,...

read more
More About Drones

More About Drones

While our original blog discussed drones being used for transportation purposes, this article touches on other areas drones can be particularly helpful. How about for surveying? Showing clients and potential clients an aerial overview of completed projects? Monitor...

read more