There are lots of things to contend with in the air these days, but Sabine Hauert, Severin Leven and Dario Floreano of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale’s Laboratory of Intelligence Systems in Lausanne, Switzerland have added one more: they have taught ten small unmanned aerial vehicles to flock.
This is actually an interesting use of technology, combining small aircraft with Linux to make them fly together in different ways, depending on the parameters entered. This science project shows what is possible with the combination of aircraft and computers.
Story and short video
26 September 2011
After the death of Jack "Flash" Mangan in this week while flying a T-28, AVweb has published a very interesting and thoughtful article written by a non-aviator who witnessed the crash. Twenty-year-old Chloe Barkdoll . This is very well written and certainly should give airshow organizers and pilots something to think about.
I think her message is clear, while airshows can motivate and inspire people to fly, or at least become aviation fans and supporters, one accident can turn thousands of people into aviation opponents. We need to put safety ahead of all other considerations in airshow planning if we are to avoid this.
20 September 2011
12 September 2011
03 September 2011
From Marc Desjardins, President, Ottawa Flying Club:
Hosted by the Ottawa Flying Club, Fly Day is an event supported and contributed to by local area pilots, aviation related businesses and organizations, many sponsors, and the Ottawa Rotary Club, and we need volunteers to make it work! Fly Day
Fly Day Pilots Wanted!
Pilots with 4-place aircraft are needed for the 53rd Annual Fly Day at the Ottawa Flying Club to carry out sightseeing flights over Ottawa.
If you are a pilot with:
· A Private or Commercial Licence
· 100 hours or more PIC (special consideration for Algonquin students who wish to volunteer with 85 hours PIC and reviewed by CFI)
· 10 hours on Type
· 10 hours in the previous 12 months (or a checkout by an OFC instructor)
· Familiarity with procedures at Ottawa
· Recency and Currency as per the CARS
· 1 hour PIC or Dual within the last 30 days before FlyDay, and
· a 4-place (or better) aircraft to fly (owned or rented)
...you can take part in Fly Day!
If you fly as a volunteer pilot, you will receive:
· Tax receipts for all operating costs
· Free Fuel
· Landing and Departure at CYOW are waived for participating aircraft
All of the Cessna 172s and the Beech Duchess have been reserved for rental use on Fly Day.
Ground volunteers needed too!
Ground volunteers are needed to escort passengers to and from the aircraft and to marshal aircraft.
As most activities take place on the OFC ramp, ground volunteers are required to be licensed pilots, student pilots with their student pilot permit, or airport authority red pass holders.
If you are interested in flying or for volunteering for other activities, in taking a ride at the event, in being a sponsor, or contributing a static exhibit, please contact Marc Desjardins.