Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wyoming residents show up for Spaceport Day

About 400 residents attended the first-ever Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport on Saturday in Green River, Wyo. The event, which featured $5 flights in a Piper Comanche and breakfast, aimed to raise awareness of the airport and general aviation. For more information click here

SPACE NIGHT, MOVING THE SHUTTLE, JETMAN AND MILITARY HEROES PART OF EAA AIRVENTURE EVENING PROGRAMS

The cool stuff happening at Airventure just keeps coming!
 
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Dick Knapinski, EAA Communications

                                                                                                                                                                                                   (920) 426-6523

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SPACE NIGHT, MOVING THE SHUTTLE, JETMAN AND MILITARY HEROES PART OF EAA AIRVENTURE EVENING PROGRAMS

Canadian astronaut who became YouTube sensation this year among presenters

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (June 27, 2013) — Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut who became a YouTube sensation earlier this year with his “Space Oddity” music video from the International Space Station, will be among the “Space Night” presenters on Tuesday evening, July 30, during the evening programs at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013.
“Space Night” is one highlight of a week of evening programs at EAA’s Theater in the Woods, which features aviation and other personalities in programming specifically aimed at aviation enthusiasts. The evening programs are included with AirVenture admission and are sponsored by Mars Snack Foods.

The July 30 “Space Night” presentation will feature Hadfield – whose YouTube video posted in May 2013 has surpassed 16 million views worldwide – along with former Space Shuttle Commanders Charlie Precourt and Kent Rominger (now with aerospace company ATK) to talk about the end of the Space Shuttle program and the future of manned space travel.  
“EAA members and AirVenture attendees have always been eager to hear in-depth about famous and innovative achievements during our evening programs at Theater in the Woods,” said Jim DiMatteo, EAA’s vice president of AirVenture features and attractions. “This year’s lineup is a tremendous mix of aviation history, accomplishments, and what’s ahead in the future.”

Other confirmed evening programs at Theater in the Woods include:
Wednesday, July 31 – “Bringing the Space Shuttle West: An Evening with David Knight”: Knight was a key figure on the team that brought the Space Shuttle Endeavor from Florida to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. He also led the 150-person film crew the chronicled the most complex move of an object through an urban area in history. His presentation includes unreleased film footage from Endeavor’s last mission and the journey to her new home.

Thursday, Aug. 1 – Yves “Jetman” Rossy: Learn about the development of Rossy’s unique flight suit that has allowed him to fly over mountains, in formation with fighter jets, and through the Grand Canyon.  Rossy’s presentation provides more background to the multiple flights he is making during EAA AirVenture.
Friday, Aug. 2 – “American Warriors”: This special program is a fitting ending to a full day of AirVenture’ “Salute to Veterans” activities that honors veterans and current military members. The special guests will include top-level military honorees and pilots.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.

Friday, June 21, 2013

ONE-OF-A-KIND JANET THE GANNET TO LAND AT EAA AIRVENTURE

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 ONE-OF-A-KIND JANET THE GANNET TO LAND AT

EAA AIRVENTURE

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. – (June 21, 2013) – The world’s only flying prototype of a Fairey Gannet T5, Janet the Gannet, will be flying to EAA AirVenture on opening day Monday, July 29. It will be on display at Phillips 66 Plaza throughout the rest of the week. AirVenture attendees are invited to see this historic piece of aviation history.

Janet is a Cold War-era Royal Navy plane designed for anti-submarine operations. The aircraft, which first flew in 1954, is powered by an Armstrong Siddeley Double Mamba turboprop engine which turns two contra-rotating four-blade props.

Designed by Fairey Aviation UK, Janet was built as the first dual control T2 Gannet prototype in the world, and it is the only surviving prototype of any flying historic military aircraft. It is also the oldest turboprop airplane still flying. Surprisingly, Janet only has 1,500 hours of logged operations.

Long-range plans call for the airplane to be the flying centerpiece of a museum of flight and education center in New Richmond, Wis.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.

SEMA AGAIN SECURES U.S. SENATE RESOLUTION DESIGNATING JULY 12th AS “COLLECTOR CAR APPRECIATION DAY”


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June 21, 2013

Contact: Della Domingo
909-978-6723
dellad@sema.org


SEMA AGAIN SECURES U.S. SENATE RESOLUTION DESIGNATING JULY 12th AS “COLLECTOR CAR APPRECIATION DAY”
Lawmakers Recognition Reaps Continued Acknowledgement of Historic and Classic Cars

Washington, D.C. (June 21, 2013) -- The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 176 (S. Res. 176) designating July 12, 2013 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.”   The Resolution was requested by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils.  The date marks the fourth commemoration in what has become an annual event to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. 

As with the previous three Resolutions, S. Res. 176 was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC).  Senators Tester and Burr are strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, and S. Res. 176 reaffirms their understanding of the cultural importance of collector cars.  The Caucus is an informal, non-partisan member organization that pays tribute to America’s ever growing love affair with the car and motorsports. 

“We again thank the U.S. Senate for the continuing recognition of the collector car hobby as a strong American tradition and pastime,” said SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald. “With Australia and Canada joining the mix, Collector Car Appreciation Day has now become an international recognition of the collector car industry and the millions of hobbyists it supports. The collector car industry helps preserve our unique American automotive heritage while contributing to the economy by providing high-skilled, well-paying jobs.”  This year, many states and local governments have adopted similar commemorations to mark this celebration.

Alex Tainsh, Chairman of SEMA’s Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) Council said, “Collector Car Appreciation Day is the opportunity for everyone involved in this great American hobby to show off their cars and celebrate new traditions. Businesses and car clubs across the country will be hosting car shows and cruises.  More events are being held to commemorate this special day each year.”

All automotive enthusiasts are encouraged to take part in this year’s celebration by planning or attending events in their community. Through its grassroots hobbyist organization, the SEMA Action Network (SAN), SEMA is maintaining a list of scheduled events to commemorate the day at www.semasan.com.  Individuals, car clubs and business owners interested in publicizing events should contact SAN Director Colby Martin at 909/978-6721 or san@sema.org.  If you are unable to celebrate on July 12th, SAN encourages events to be scheduled throughout the month of July.

About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $31.32 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,537 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/396-0289, or visit www.sema.org or www.enjoythedrive.com.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Baguette - or Buell Blast mini-bagger

Check out the saddle bags installed on Jeanne's Buell Blast.  Made a couple of quick supports to keep the Ogio sport bags from  folding under and rubbing the wheel or sprocket.  Looks good and was a quick install.


Cruise-Mate Throttle

I installed the Cruise-mate throttle lock in just about an hours worth of time. It took me longer because I had to go buy a new 3/8 - 24 tap. I had a tap but it was a really cheap one and it couldn't do the threading job.  Found a new tap at the Ankeny Hardware store and it worked great. Installation was very straightforward and final adjustment was during a trip on the interstate. Nice quality and simple to use. 

Hope you can see it, I opted for the black version.  Even though my sportster has a lot of chrome, I'm not a big chrome fan.

hard to see but between the cable elbows is the cruise-mate lever.

Cruise-Mate motorcycle cruise control for Harley Davidson motorcycles


Thursday, June 13, 2013

EAA News - No Good Options in FAA ATC Demands

EAA News - No Good Options in FAA ATC Demands

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How to Catch a Dog

Some of you know that I believe in the Law of Attraction. And as an animal owner this article made sense to me. Enjoy. 

 

How to Catch a Dog

(or Anything Else You Want)


By Jeannette Maw


Have you heard the colloquialism that a chased dog will always run?  Owners of naughty or adventurous dogs have likely experienced the truth of that!

But it’s not just true for dogs.  Chasing anything will send it running in the opposite direction!

That “graspy” chasing desperate-type energy is not a super attractive vibe.

In fact, I just emailed a family member suggesting he make peace with impending divorce – because clinging to his failing marriage was making his wife want out all the more.

The saying about how a chased dog will always run reminded me of the trick that savvy dog owners use to get a dog on the run to return home.

You simply get in front of the dog so they can see and you run in another direction.

They follow. They can’t help it. Even if they’ve fallen for it a hundred times before, they have to join the running pack leader. It’s what they do.

So instead of chasing stinkerhead Koda through the neighborhood, I know my job is to get in front of him and start running. Neighbors might think I’m nuts as I run barefoot across lawns and down streets in a totally different trajectory than my dog, but that’s okay. This is no time to worry what neighbors think. (Just like in LOA work.)

I get out in front, get his attention, and start running in a direction that leads us home. (Even a big circle works.)

I can run right into the garage or backyard or front door and he gleefully follows.

Unless I turn around to try to catch him. Which sends him in a different direction immediately.

Or if I lose speed, he loses interest. It’s got to be a full on sprint to keep him engaged!

I’ve learned not to look back to make sure he’s following, because a leader of the pack doesn’t wonder about that. I have to run with confidence that he’s right behind me.

And it works like a charm! (I’ve done this with enough foster dogs as well as my own to know its reliability.)


To read the rest, go to http://www.lawofattractionkey.com/3134/how-to-catch-a-dog-or-anything-else-you-want/

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Flying bicycle

Flying bicycle
A dummy rides the flying bicycle.
(Credit: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

Pigs may not be flying yet, but a bicycle just recently took to the air in a successful test flight. The flying electric bike is the creation of several Czech companies that have been developing a prototype. The proof-of-concept bicycle looks a bit like a regular bike crossed with a giant RC quadcopter.
The unusual vehicle demonstrated its chops with a flight that lasted a few minutes, carrying a dummy onboard. It was radio-controlled from the ground. The 220-pound bike got off the ground thanks to six battery-powered propellers. This is enough to spark dreams of peddling down the road and then suddenly taking off to fly over obstacles or impress strangers.

"Our main motivation in working on the project was neither profit nor commercial interest, but the fulfillment of our boyish dreams," Ales Kobylik, a manager with design and engineering company Technodat, told Ceske Noviny. Bicycle maker Duractec is also involved in the project.
The developers believe a human-carrying version could be built by the end of the year. Let's just hope they have the good sense to make it look like a "Star Wars" speeder bike as much as possible.
Check out the video evidence of the flight. You just might want to turn down your speakers first, as all that propeller whirring gets pretty loud.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Buell Blast

Just bought a used Buell Blast.  Looks like this

WOMEN AVIATORS INVITED TO DAY OF FUN AND

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WOMEN AVIATORS INVITED TO DAY OF FUN AND EMPOWERMENT AT EAA’S WOMENVENTURE

Special recognition for female aviation enthusiasts at AirVenture on Friday, Aug. 2

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (June 3, 2013) — Hundreds of female aviation enthusiasts will be empowered through aviation at this year’s WomenVenture on Friday, Aug. 2, during EAA AirVenture 2013. Female aviators can attend a networking breakfast and a power lunch, and hear from special guest speakers.

The day begins with the Women in Aviation International Networking Breakfast and is followed by the annual WomenVenture photo. Free WomenVenture t-shirts are essential apparel of women aviation leaders and mentors that weekend, and they can be picked up beginning on July 29 at EAA’s Welcome Center.

“The power experienced during WomenVenture is incredible,” said Elissa Lines, EAA’s vice president of donor and business relations. “Gathering together with so many wonderful women involved in all aspects of aviation is inspiring and motivating. You can't help but feel you will achieve your dreams, and, just as important, you realize you are committed to helping other women and girls achieve their dreams as well.”

New to this year’s celebration is the WomenVenture Power Lunch at Theater in the Woods, which will follow the photo shoot. The cost of the luncheon is just $5 but pre-registration is required.

An unmatched lineup of speakers will be featured at the power lunch this year. They include Amanda Wright Lane, the great-grandniece of Orville and Wilbur Wright and a trustee for the Wright Family Fund of the Dayton Foundation; Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Service; and Z. Nagin Cox, a member of NASA’s Mission Operations Flight Team and Mars Science Laboratory.

Sponsors for WomenVenture include Senor Systems, Women in Aviation International, DTC Weather and Flight Planning Services and the EAA.

Get advance tickets to save your spot for a day filled with women who are leaders in today’s aviation community.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.