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Computer linked camera catches stereoscopic images of propeller blades during flight
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7/12/2014
A new, but mature, camera system catches stereoscopic images of various portions of the propeller blade while in flight.

The camera system is linked to a computer for capturing the digital data and representing that data into a video playback showing the aircraft propeller flexing and twisting during various attitudes and speeds of flight.

This technology has provided details never seen before and should result in propeller design that provides more efficient and safer flight.
Centenial Salute to Henry Hawker, first pilot to intentionally spin and recover a hundred years ago.
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7/12/2014
Rich Stowell posted the resulting YouTube video July 7, 2014 with a salute to Harry Hawker, the co-founder of Hawker Aircraft who, while working as a test pilot, was widely credited with the first intentional spin and recovery 100 years ago.

Hawker’s demonstration involved a spin out of a loop with the engine shut off, and Stowell, after demonstrating more conventional spins, replicated that feat on camera.

Pilots should not fear spins, but learn to master them.
Rosen multi-position sunvisor available for sliding canopy aircraft
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7/5/2014
Seeing is believing, both for how the multi-position swiveling sunvisor works and for how clearly Rosen sunvisors filter out the bright sunlight. Click on the U-Tube button to see a video of this product. Available for both the pilot and copilot side for $440 per set, go to www.vansaircraft.com for more details.
FAA considering change to allow builder to accompany test pilot for Phase One flights
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7/5/2014
EAA and FAA working together to change FAA rules in accordance with NTSB recommendations made in 2012 that will allow the builder/owner to accompany the experienced test pilot on flights made during Phase One testing. This will let the experienced test pilot "wring out" the fligh characteristics (with the builder experiencing what is taking place), and will give the builder the hands-on experience of flying his own airplane with the guidance of the experienced test pilot on later flights during Phase One testing.
Solar Impulse 2 Airplane passes first flight test before around the world flight
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6/7/2014
Solar Impulse 2 made a two-hour maiden flight over Switzerland on 2June2014. This aircraft has been designed to fly around the world powered solely by solar generated electricity from over 17,000 solar cells mounted on the wings, fuselage and horizontal tail. This is the first aircraft that will have almost unlimited endurance. Watch the video.
Wingsuit Flyers Soar Over New York City and land on a barge in the Hudson River
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5/22/2014
Published on 19 May 2014

Five members of the Red Bull Air Force made a rare wingsuit flight over the breathtaking New York City (Manhattan) skyline.

They jumped from a Cessna Super Cargomaster at 7500 feet near the Statue of Liberty

Soaring at speeds up to 120mph, the flyers passed over iconic buildings of the Financial District before landing on a small barge in the middle of the Hudson River!
Video instruction for completing FAA MedXPress form
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5/11/2014
Video instruction for completing the FAA MedXPress form
Airbus Electric Twin Ducted Fan Airplane Makes First Flight
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5/3/2014
Airbus Group Innovations made the first flight of its prototype E-Fan electric training aircraft on Friday, April 25, in Bordeaux, France. The all-composite aircraft's twin-ducted, variable-pitch fans are powered by two 30-kilowatt electric motors powered by lithium-ion polymer batteries that the company says will provide up to an hour of flight time.
EAA wants your input about your EAB first flight experiences
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4/23/2014
EAA is conducting a new survey regarding first flight preparations and Phase I flight tests. If you have built an experimental amateur built (E-AB) aircraft at any time (even 50 years ago), we would like to hear from you
MIT ICAT is requesting survey inputs from pilots about ADS-B Traffic & Weather
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4/5/2014
Survey: ADS-B Traffic and Weather Services. The MIT International Center for Aviation Transportation (ICAT) would like all pilots to provide their inputs to the survey.

Even if you don’t currently fly with ADS-B traffic and weather capability, the MIT research team would value input on how you would use this information if you had it.

Please consider taking 15 minutes to complete an anonymous online survey.
Why Google Might Launch the World's Largest Constellation of 1600 small satellites (less than 50 kg)
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3/5/2014
It is rumored that Google may eventually launch up to 1600 small satellites (less than 50kg) to create a world-wide satellite communication system for carrying the internet (or perhaps it should now be called the "outer-net") on Cisco's Internet Routing In Space (IRIS) project (or create a competitive routing project).
Centennial Re-enactment of World's First Commercial Airline Flight Jan first 1914
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12/29/2013
The world's first commercial airline flight occurred in St Petersburg FL on January first, 1914 when Tony Jannus flew a Benoist airboat with one passenger on a 23 minute flight from St Petersburg Fl to Tampa Fl. This historic flight will be re-enacted at St Petersburg North Yaught Basin on New Year's Day 2014 with a replica aircraft built and flown by Kermit Weeks.
MAVEN space instruments to sample Mars atmosphere. Probe May Help Solve Riddle of Mars’s Missing Air
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11/15/2013
NASA’s next mission to Mars aims to answer one question: What happened to the air that once made the surface habitable? The answer may come from a space probe known as Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or Maven for short, which is ready for the launching pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla., and poised to lift off Monday at 1:28 p.m. After a 10-month journey, the spacecraft is to enter orbit around Mars and spend at least a year observing Mars’s atmosphere. “It’s clear that major questions about the history of Mars center on the history of its climate and atmosphere, and how that’s influenced the surface, the geology and on the possibility for life,” Bruce M. Jakosky, a professor of geological sciences at the University of Colorado who is Maven’s principal investigator, said at a NASA news conference last month.
Yves Rossy - JetMan - flies past Mount Fuji, Japan
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11/7/2013
Swiss aviator Yves "Jetman" Rossy soared over EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 with his jet-powered carbon-Kevlar wing. This week, he made his first Asian flight, streaming past Japan's snowcapped Mount Fuji.

"Flying here for me is a dream," said Rossy, 54. "It is hard to describe the emotions and feeling of having an opportunity like this; it's spiritual, it is immense. I am the lucky guy who gets to do this, but I hope I can motivate the next generation of forward thinkers to do something different, to strive and achieve their goals, even if it seems impossible."

Propelled by four 48.5-pound-thrust Jetcat P200 engines, Rossy controls his flights with a simple hand-controlled throttle, using his body to steer, pitch, and descend.

Rossy, a former fighter pilot, began developing the Jetman project in 1993. Milestone flights have included crossing the English Channel, over the Grand Canyon, above picturesque Rio de Janiero
5 Nov 2013 Two airplanes carrying parachute jumpers collide causing fire
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11/5/2013
5 November 2013 two airplanes carrying parachute jumpers collide but everyone including the two pilots parachute to safety. One airplane survives to land at the airfield despite significant damages.
Bugatti 100P Reproduction
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10/31/2013
Learn all about the Bugatti 100P project when Scotty Wilson speaks at EAA's Wright Brothers Banquet December 13 in Oshkosh. The original, designed by Ettore Bugatti (his only aircraft design)was built in 1938-39 but has never been flown. This beautiful airplane is located in the EAA AirVenture Museum at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Jim Moss's Gee Bee Q.E.D. Replica Makes Maiden Flight
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10/3/2013
Jim Moss, a well respected builder of replica airplanes of the Golden Age of Flying, lived to see his Gee Bee Q.E.D racer make its maiden flight in September 2013. To get the perspective of how large this airplane is, note the size of Jim Moss sitting in the cockpit. The original Q.E.D. was built by the Granville Brothers in Springfield, Massachusetts with the intent of racing it over long distances, hence the large 480 gallon gas tank.