This commercial airline has gone – well – commercial. Air New Zealand is using a Boeing 777-300 to promote tourism in New Zealand. They have had an image of Smaug, the dragon from the Hobbit, painted on both sides of the aircraft. Smaug is 177 feet long on the airplane and will be flown to Los Angeles for the opening of the Hobbit movie later this month. Actually we think this is a good looking paint job!
December 2nd, 2013
More than you might think. Leif Ristroph has been working in the fluid dynamics field and has created a prototype of a possible future drone. Mr. Ristroph used the concept of the pulsating movement of the jellyfish to develop this new technology. Weighing only 2 grams, the jellyfish drone “flaps” its wings in rapid pulsating motion to fly. The hope is that this jellyfish drone, which will be considerably less to manufacture than present drones of like functions, will provide surveillance, search & rescue and do atmosphere monitoring.
November 29th, 2013
Looking to make a worthy donation in the aviation arena? The WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) from WWII are going to be in the 125th Anniversary of the Tournament of Roses Parade. This is also the 100th Anniversary of the Rose Bowl Game. The theme of the parade this year is “Dreams Come True” and we think our dreams did come true when we became pilots! They are looking for monetary donations to complete the float and volunteers to help add the flowers.
November 26th, 2013
Looks like stormy weather for the Reno National Championship Air Races. The CEO just put out an SOS saying they need $500 million by December 15th or the 2014 races maybe in jeopardy. The Reno races have not recovered by the 2011 crash that killed a pilot and 10 spectators. Insurance rates and other costs have dramatically increased due to that crash.
November 25th, 2013
Happy 15th Birthday ISS (International Space Station). 15 years ago work began on the ISS. After 2 years it was considered complete but it has been continuously built upon for the next 13 years. Here are some fun facts:
- The ISS travels at 17,500 mph and orbits the Earth every 92 minutes. This means that the lucky scientists & astronauts get to view 15 – 16 sunrises & sunsets a day.
- The space station weights just under 1 MILLION pounds at 9 hundred 25 thousand lbs.
- There are 14 rooms with 3 laboratories, and 6 sleeping pods which are about the size of a phone booth.
- There has been 13 years of continuous occupancy with 88 people that have lived on the ISS.
- Astronauts have chalked up eleven hundred hours of space walking and 11 different space agencies have sent astronauts.
- The longest mission for an astronaut has been 215 days and 8 hours.
- 8 “space tourists” have visited the ISS.
- Currently NASA is contracting with private companies to resupply the ISS.
Wishing you Blue Skies & Tailwinds!™
November 22nd, 2013