Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and friends and family of
the late Massachusetts Senator will also be in attendance. A NOTAM (FDC
5/8590) has been published that will affect flight in the area during President
Obama's planned visit. BOSTON, MA ON MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015
In The Water 3-26-15
A company called Tidal Energy LTD. is deploying a water powered turbine
in Ramsey Sound off the coast of the UK in early 2015. They'll be testing
a 400kW turbine with a view to working up to the full-scale device (1.2MW)
turbines lay on the bottom of ocean channels using the power of tidal water
to generate electricity. Hydrokinetic
energy turbines are being set up off the coast of several countries
like the UK, China, India and the U.S. "One of the first projects to see
deployment by the end of 2015 is the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project
(RITE), in which 30 turbines are being installed into New York City’s East
River. They will provide 1,050 kW of electricity to 9,500 residents."
Wings for Thrust ? 3-21-15: You
normally associate a wing as
a part of the aircraft that produces lift when you drag it through the
air. Thrust is usually defined as a force that is created by the engine
that pushes the aircraft. However, the airfoil shape of a wing doesn't
really care if the wing is being pulled through the air, or if the air
is blowing by a fixed wing. A company in California determined that a wing
is more efficient than a sail for propelling a sail boat. Unlike an aircraft,
it appears that a high angle of attack is desired to give them maximum
thrust, and by using an automatic trimming device it will automatically
swing the wing around to always produce maximum thrust. For a Skyhawk,
15º angle of attack is in the slow speed catagory not to far from
a stall but will give you a lot more distance and endurance. Apparently
the force on the wing created by a high angle of attack provides the ideal
thrust for pushing a boat through the water. So, is the big airfoil they
are sticking on the boat acting like a wing or like a propeller blade...
looks like a wing to me.
5 and Wild Coyotes 3-17-15:
Hangar 5 is usually busy with Glen Horne surrounded by
airplanes and airplane parts. But if you stop by and he's not there, he
just might be off on some
adventure in the north country. Glen's guide service is getting a lot of
attention these days and when I sat down to watch the news on
WBIN TV the New Hampshire Fish and Game had a show that was featuring
various hunters and guides in New Hampshire. They were showing a segment
about a guide in New Hampshire that decided to hunt coyote and his name
was Glen Horne. They went with Glen on a night hunt and actually show him
getting a couple of coyotes. Glen was telling me that he got an invitation
to dinner with the governor of Maine. I said that this would be a good
time to wear his new tuxedo. He said what tuxedo?
In March 3-14-15:
So I finally updated my old Sony 1.2 megapixel to a Fuji 16 megapixel.
I must say
it makes quite a difference. I needed a memory card so I stopped at Walmart
a got a 32 gig, that's right, gig not meg, memory card for $20. How many
pictures can you put on a 32 gig memory card? I believe the camera says
over 7,000. I guess I didn't need a 32 gig... oh well. I'm still trying
to figure out all the buttons and settings but I guess the one I like the
best is "Auto". Technically it's not a movie camera but it does have a
HD movie options. So, instead of clicking a bunch of pictures, I pressed
the movie button a bunch of times and glued them together in Windows MovieMaker,
and yes, added some background music.
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