Sand, Wind, Stars

I agree with him on many points – green tech is great, cleaning up the planet is a fantastic idea, but carbon credits? Bad idea

My study is NOT as a climatologist, but from a completely different prospective in which I am an expert.

Complex data from disparate sources can be processed and presented in very different ways, and to “prove” many different theories.

For decades, as a professional experimental test engineer, I have analyzed experimental data and watched others massage and present data. I became a cynic; My conclusion – “if someone is aggressively selling a technical product who’s merits are dependent on complex experimental data, he is likely lying”. That is true whether the product is an airplane or a Carbon Credit.


From Brady Lane’s excellent vlog, Earning my Wings:

It was in the high 90s in Oshkosh today and well over 100 degrees inside the cockpit. Even though I grew up in Texas, I’m not used to those temperatures anymore.

I knew the heat would have an effect on airplane performance, but I underestimated the effect it would have on me as a pilot – both physically and mentally.

Toward the end of the lesson I started making mistakes I don’t normally make. I was drenched in sweat, mentally sluggish and physically exhausted, so after an hour I finally admitted to myself it was time to call it quits for the day.

It was a good lesson for me to learn my personal tolerances.

After seeing the video, I think I’ll bring a bottle of water along on my next flight…

At Solberg Airport’s Solstice celebration my son introduced me to this tiny multi-engine plane, a “Cricket” (the official name is the “Cri Cri.”) The French homebuilt is the smallest multi-engine aerobatic plane around.


My son was interested in the plane because, like many pilots hoping to fly for the airlines, he’s hoping to build up multi-engine time. This would be a small, fun, relatively cheap way to get it.

Unfortunately, Cri-Cri kits aren’t being manufactured anymore, and (according to this fan site) assembled versions are hard to find.

I tried to get a video of it in flight, but it was too quick for me. Here’s a video of a Cricket at an airshow in New Zealand

Starting an aerial photography business, using planes, helicopters, ultralights and kites!

UPDATE: Or, maybe…balloons? Via Photojojo – Aerial Balloon photography


Stonehenge in Manhattan is getting more popular every year. Via Boing-Boing:

NYC turns into Stonehenge – [On May 28], Manhattan floods dramatically with sunlight just as the Sun sets precisely on the centerline of every street.

Usually, the tall buildings that line the gridded streets of New York City’s tallest borough will hide the setting Sun.

This effect makes Manhattan a type of modern Stonehenge, although only aligned to about 30 degrees east of north. Were Manhattan’s road grid perfectly aligned to east and west, today’s effect would occur on the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox, March 21 and September 21, the only two days that the Sun rises and sets due east and west.

If today’s sunset is hidden by clouds do not despair — the same thing happens [approximately] every May 28 and July 12.

This year it happened on the 30th.

And remember, don’t look directly into the sun! I took these shots by adjusting focus for the approximate distance and holding the camera way up over my head. It worked – kinda..

Newsday has an excellent video, shot by Keith Johnson, of the Memorial day weekend airshow at Jones Beach.

Some of my photos of the airshow are going up on Flickr, more to be added soon..

Thunderbirds in close formation:

Dave Windmiller, aerobatics in a Zivko Edge 540

Great show on a windy day

News from New Mexico State:


Aurora Flight Sciences’ unmanned aircraft SunLight Eagle flew on May 12th…Its first test objective was the collection of data on its aerodynamic performance and the solar cells. The next step for SunLight Eagle is to fly longer at higher altitudes. This will require an improved control system and the addition of a parachute. The next flight could be in August.

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