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Finding Skyhaven 12-30-16:  Before the days of GPS, finding an airport at night required keeping the CDI centered on a VOR radial and cross referencing your position from another VOR radial. Another thing you might be looking for is the airport beacon which normally verifies the airport location. In the case for Skyhaven, the beacon is not at the airport which becomes evident when lining up with runway 33.
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Computer Program Replaces Physical Test Stand 12-24-16: 
Many people do not realize that wings and tail surfaces on planes may seem fixed and unmovable, but they are actually designed to flex under the load of the aircraft when they lift the plane. Some articles talk about the wing tips moving up 4 m (13 feet) before lift off. During flight as the plane goes through turbulence, you might say that the wings are flapping up and down around 13 feet. (YouTube has video's of this.) To ensure the wings can take the strain, physical test stands are built to bend the wings and horizontal stabilizers to verify mechanical operation during all the bending. However, recently, Airbus has replaced a physical test stand with a computer program that is saving Airbus millions in time and material costs. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
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Blimps Are Back 12-21-16:  Articles are showing up again about Lockheed Martin's hybrid blimp project that CLICK HERE TO SEE ROBOT SPIDER REPAIR BLIMPhas gone from a Skunkworks secret project for the U.S. Army to a commercial project. It started 10 years ago with the P-791 which was modified to the  LMH-1 craft and announced to operate in Alaska through a private company called Straightline Aviation. The blimp is helium filled and it looks like the aerodynamic shape is a custom shaped fabric bag that is susceptible to getting holes in it. To fix the holes, they designed a special robot that crawls the surface of the blimp and repairs the holes when it finds one. That sounds strange to me...   CLICK HERE to see the spiders
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VFR In December 2016 12-17-16:  The wind snow and ice have arrived, not to mention the cold temperatures. For many people, the cold means staying inside, but for others the winter offers new things to do like skiing and snow machine riding. For airplanes, cold dry air means operating at peak performance.
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