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Plane & Pilot January/February 2019

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What a glider is: Non-powered aircraft that is not lighter than airDerivation of the term “glider:” UnknownOther common term for gliding: SoaringDifference: In soaring, pilots gain altitude in flightGlide ratio, Cessna 172: 9:1Best high-performance sailplane: Better than 70:1Northern flying squirrel: 2:1Steinway Piano: Infinitely poor zero:1Methods for altitude gain: Rising air (thermals), updrafts from terrain (ridge lift)First claimed glider flight reports: Monks in England, around the year 1000Reported distance of the flights: 200 metersLikelihood of reports being true: About zeroFirst credible short glider flights: Around 1849, George CayleyAeronautical principles Cayley identified: Four forces (lift, drag, thrust and gravity), the cambered airfoil, dihedral and othersPioneer of gliding: Otto LilienthalFirst flights: Germany, early 1890sLaunch pad: Man-made hill Lilienthal constructed for the purposeGliders Lilienthal designed: At least 15Basis of most designs: Weight shift (like…

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autonomous flight’s disruptive future on display in orlando

Back in 1963, when a young Bob Dylan pulled out his Gibson flattop guitar and started singing a folksy tune that would become the anthem for a generation, a song entitled The Times They Are A-Changin’, it was at about the same time that the first Learjets were emerging. And while the song didn’t specifically discuss the subject of future air transportation, it was about how the world was changing in ways that no one was ready for, so we’d better all get prepared for things we couldn’t even fully imagine at the time.In 2018, after all these years, all I can say is, it’s still a good point, Bob.Though Dylan wasn’t the opening act back in October at the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA/BACE)…

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A certain theory about contrails holds that these long linear clouds presumably produced as a by-product of high-altitude flight of aircraft are often in actuality chemical weapons being used against the populace. It might sound crazy, but a recent survey revealed that around 10 percent of respondents believed whole-heartedly that chemtrails were a real phenomenon, and 20 percent believed the theory at least in part. Are these folks deluded, or is there something to the contrail theory?THE BACKSTORYAnthropogenic, or homogenitus, clouds, are those made by human activity instead of by natural forces. The history of anthropogenic clouds is a long one, dating back at least to the beginning of the industrial revolution, when clouds formed above industrial plants, still a common occurrence today. But by far the most common anthropogenic…

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your aviation crossword

ACROSS1 Cessna 4044 Flight Deck8 Kid of “Easter” with rain and wind9 One goes on the cover of Plane & Pilot10 Kind of “track” you fly over lots of water11 Triumphs over13 Late aerobatics great Loudenslager14 Two hated letters when it comes to FAA orders15 DME ___16 Pertaining to birds17 ___flight checklist18 Several LSA versions of this are in the works19 Stuff that Cubs and Huskys like to play in21 Scheduled to arrive23 ___ Aviation, beleaguered maker of Eclipse Jet25 PIREP, for example27 Light Sport aircraft from Flight Design31 Strong lightweight material used in plane construction, 2 wordsDOWN1 Their over-the-nose visibility is not great2 What ADS-B is all about3 Way to go to L.A. from San Diego4 You can crab or slip prior to landing in one of these5 More…

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news of note

THRUSH AIRPLANE GAINS FAA CERTIFICATIONThe new Thrush 510G Switchback, a single-engine air tanker that can deliver 500 gallons of fire retardant and land on unimproved surfaces, received its official certification from the FAA in late October. The model is already being put to use, with the first two 510G airplanes delivered to the Georgia Forestry Commission.NBAA WRAPS UP ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CONFERENCEIn October, NBAA/BACE 2019 wrapped its three-day run at the Orlando Orange County Convention Center, once again hosting a thousand exhibitors, attendees from nearly 100 countries, more than 100 aircraft on static display and countless educational, networking and other opportunities.GE MAKES PROGRESS ON AFFINITY ENGINEGeneral Electric has completed the first design phase of a new supersonic engine that will meet Stage 5 noise and environmental regulations and is slated to…

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accident briefs

LUSCOMBE 8FVicksburg, Michigan/Injuries: 1 FatalThe commercial pilot was found lying on the ground under the nose of the airplane with a fatal head injury from a propeller strike. Normal engine start for this airplane required hand propping the engine. The airplane was found with the left wheel chocked, and the magneto, throttle control, primer, and fuel tank selector settings as expected for an engine start. It is likely that, during hand propping, the pilot inadvertently entered the path of the propeller. The Federal Aviation Administration advises pilots that hand propping should only be attempted with two properly trained people, and the pilot was alone when he was fatally injured.PROBABLE CAUSE(S): The pilot’s inadvertent contact with the propeller while hand propping the engine, which resulted in a fatal injury.PIPER PA-28-140Stonewall, Texas/Injuries: 1…