flying

It’s B-17 Time

Tomorrow the flying museum B-17 “Aluminum Overcast” flies into AVL. A couple of us will greet it and then start preparations to open it up for the community to enjoy it.

The weather is predicted to be fantastic. Really looking forward to this adventure!

Cool Stuff, Electronics, flying

Detecting and predicting loss of control in flight

I’m currently working on detecting loss of control (LOC) on an overshoot of base to final. Using data models in X-Plane which depending on the aircraft model is known to be pretty accurate (there’s a certified commercial version suitable for flight training). Not practical to do this in an actual airplane for obvious reasons like crashing and fireballs.

Anyway, here’s a screenshot of data gathering. I’m collecting about 50 data points 10 times per second. I’m feeding this into a learning algorithm to teach it to predict the actions which may lead to an accelerated stall and/or spin. 

 

Next step is to move the pitot/AOA probe to the other wing and see what difference this makes.

flying, on the move, Outdoors, take action, Think, video

A hard left turn for me

I think a lot about direction lately. My trip to Daytona to meet with other EAA leaders has really solidified what I’m looking for.

This sums it up perfectly in so many ways:

Hey, once upon a younger year
When all our shadows disappeared
The animals inside came out to play
Hey, when face to face with all our fears
Learned our lessons through the tears
Made memories we knew would never fade

One day my father—he told me,
“Son, don’t let it slip away”
He took me in his arms, I heard him say,

“When you get older
Your wild heart will live for younger days
Think of me if ever you’re afraid.”

He said, “One day you’ll leave this world behind
So live a life you will remember.”
My father told me when I was just a child
These are the nights that never die
My father told me

When thunder clouds start pouring down
Light a fire they can’t put out
Carve your name into those shinning stars
He said, “Go venture far beyond the shores.
Don’t forsake this life of yours.
I’ll guide you home no matter where you are.”

One day my father—he told me,
“Son, don’t let it slip away.”
When I was just a kid I heard him say,

“When you get older
Your wild heart will live for younger days
Think of me if ever you’re afraid.”

He said, “One day you’ll leave this world behind
So live a life you will remember.”
My father told me when I was just a child
These are the nights that never die
My father told me

These are the nights that never die
My father told me

Avicii – The Nights

flying

EAA Leadership Bootcamp

Down at Spruce Pine Air Park in Florida for a one day boot camp. 

 

Workshop time
Workshop time
Cool little grass strip I stopped at on the way down to Florida  
Cool little grass strip I stopped at on the way down to Florida  
Daytona speedway
Daytona speedway
I have a nose art fetish...  
I have a nose art fetish…  
Flew directly over NAS Jacksonville  
Flew directly over NAS Jacksonville