ST. LOUIS, MO – January 6, 2015 – High Altitude Flying Company today began open registration for a Winter 2015 Angle of Attack flying league. The league is open to High Altitude Flying Club members, and will run for three months from February 1 to May 3, 2015.
Angle of Attack is a flying game for pilots, played in a small teams, where pilots make strategic decisions and fly short flights to other airports to capture points or block opposing team points. The game play is tracked using software produced by FLY Online Tools, which plots everything on Google Maps with an automated scoring leader board. Game details can be found at: http://www.fly-aoa.info
“Aviation needs a fun game that promotes team flying…” said Douglas Pouk, High Altitude Flying Club President. “…there are sporting leagues of all types, but we felt that aviation was lacking a fun flying game. We invented Angle of Attack in 2012, and are excited to see which team can win the Aviators Cup, our trophy that was sponsored by the AOPA in 2012.”
The Crown Pointe Golf Club in Farmington, MO (a great golf destination for pilots) is sponsoring the Angle of Attack league with golf prizes, along with free flying prizes from High Altitude Flying Company.
J. Mac McClellan tells pilots everything that should be on your list this Christmas:
“So the Christmas present I hope all of us pilots will give to ourselves is to fly more, challenge ourselves more, and build a bigger library of memories to carry us on. After all, if you don’ t go flying you can’t say “did I tell you about the time. . . . ”
In case the Instrument students in the club missed it. The FAA has expanded simulator training. From AvWeb:
“Pilots now can log more simulator time toward an instrument rating, under a new rule published by the FAA on Wednesday. A rule issued in 2009 had placed a 10-hour limit on the training devices, but the FAA said since technology has advanced and simulators are more realistic, pilots now can log up to 20 hours in an approved advanced aviation training device.”
As someone who has spent a lot of time looking at aviation photos online, I thought I’d seen some pretty cool images. Then I found The Aerial Horizon. They are a series of pictures like you’ve never seen before. See one here:
“The Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge flap has shape-changing assemblies that seamlessly bend and twist rather than running in one dimension along rails or guides. The plan is to be able to contort the trailing edges to the optimum shape for the stage of flight and get the most out of the wing while stopping the noise that results as air pours through the gaps and cracks necessary for conventional flaps to deploy.”
Want to be a Beta Tester for AOPA’s flight planning software? You only need these qualifications:
1. Be a current AOPA member;
2. Have access to reliable internet using one of the following browsers: FireFox, Chrome or Safari (Internet Explorer is not currently supported);
3. Be willing to use the flight planner more extensively than you would under normal flight planning circumstances, including documentation and repetition of steps;
4. Be willing to submit detailed bug reports as instructed;
5. Be willing to test in a timely manner upon notification by AOPA.
Only a small number of applicants will be selected in this initial round of testing and not all applicants will be selected.
“It seems hard to believe, but the first aircraft autopilot was demonstrated 100 years ago today. On June 18, 1914, Lawrence Sperry let go of the controls of a Curtiss C-2 biplane, stood up in the cockpit, and raised his hands high above his head. The crowd below roared its approval as Sperry’s mechanic then walked out onto the airplane’s wing–and it remained in level flight.
This took place above the Seine River during France’s Airplane Safety Contest. A total of 57 “specially equipped” airplanes, featuring such innovative technologies as magnetos, self-starters, and carburetors–all still used today–competed for a prize of 50,000 francs (about $10,000). Sperry was the only one to demonstrate a gyroscopic stabilizer, and won the prize…”
Here’s a number that should be on the front page of every major newspaper: 224. That’s how many people died–worldwide–in airline crashes last year. Around 3 billion people boarded some 35 million flights, each of them traveling over 500 miles per hour in an aluminum tube 7 miles above the earth. And only 224 died. That’s simply an incredible number.
Some other statistics may put it into perspective:
Over 400 people died in the United States last year from falling out of bed.
Over 300 people drown in bathtubs every year.
About 2,900 people are killed by hippos in the average year.
This is just the latest evidence that humans are terrible at evaluating risks. Next time you think about taking a bath before getting into bed, consider that you might be safer in seat 34D somewhere over Siberia.”