Well, surprisingly enough to all concerned (i.e. me) I'm still hanging in at he Wenzel. Have given up a great deal semblance of civilisation now and become almost feral. If I'm hungry I insist on eating. Anything. Donuts, unidentifiable meat in white soggy bread, bright coloured cupcakes. Since there's sugar in everything (especially the vegetables) I'm resigned to eczema on my face and a bloated stomach. Goes with the scruffy hair and damp clothes littering the Wenzel. I don't think I actually smell bad. I've been showering and wearing clean clothes, but if I do, nobody's been impolite enough [...]
Day one and I’m already exhausted. In a good way. Sitting in Starbucks with friend and www.ainonline.com colleague Matt Thurber trying to download what’s happened today to a page. I have zero brain left and am still feeling totally blissed out with the experience. Yesterday involved a twister, a new aircraft launch, a meeting with Mr Fang, a Chinese entrepreneur who is building said aircraft, a couple of parties and a campsite ghost. And yes, I’m still liking camping. First things first – the brand-new aircraft launch and a pretty cool first proper story to learn about for my Osh. [...]
Arrive in style with fellow reporter pal James Wynbrandt in his Mooney over Lake Winnebago to land. Awesome. Park at the Weekes museum static and see loads of vintage stuff being prepped for the show. Alas Camp Scholler is miles away :( Young gent in golf buggy sees us wandering with suitcases, so picks me up and ferries me there. Waits while I get registered. Drives me to a spot next to Wifi, near to showers and store and site and totally lovely couple. Who help me pitch the tent and stake my spot. We drove via a group of [...]
Half way down finals for runway 24 at Fairoaks today I handed back the controls to Alan. "You do it," I said. I just knew I couldn't land the aircraft today, despite the fact the wind was straight down the runway, he had set it up for me perfectly (though I was in the right hand seat) and I really, really want to land a Cessna 172, which is somewhat heavier than my usual steeds, the C150 or C152. But today is different. We got a beautiful morning for our little sortie from Thurrock to Fairoaks, flying at around 2,000ft [...]
My friends at Avweb posted an interesting story today (http://www.avweb.com/eletter/archives/101/2692-full.html?ET=avweb:e2692:447114a:&st=email#221086), which has far reaching possibilities for more creative tasks than simply killing people. Unmanned air systems (UAS) - or, the aircraft formerly known as Drones - can clean windfarm sails, film fast car chases, or even fix your cellphone aerial. Make no mistake, it won't be long before these vessels are a certified feature of the aeronautical airscape - and far less likely to make errors than their human-flown counterparts. According to Avweb, the US Navy said Thursday that it successfully launched the XFC folding-wing drone from a torpedo tube [...]
your life is your life don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission. be on the watch. there are ways out. there is a light somewhere. it may not be much light but it beats the darkness. be on the watch. the gods will offer you chances. know them. take them. you can’t beat death but you can beat death in life, sometimes. and the more often you learn to do it, the more light there will be. your life is your life. know it while you have it. you are marvelous the gods wait to delight in you.
But my OTHER blog - holy moly! I did go flying today though. And it was good. That'll have to do for your aeronauticals today.
Was suddenly getting a lot of comments on a post I wrote 2 years ago. All very complimentary - then I realised this must -sigh- be spamming. It has nudged me into a quick update today. Sooo busy finishing a book on private jets, writing a couple articles prior to heading to Hamburg next week for the Aircraft Interiors Show (http://www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com) for Inflight magazine (www.hmgaerospace.com) , which I edit , then to China for the Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition. Hamburg's going to be very buzzy. Thales, Panasonic and Lufthansa Systems have kindly invited me to go visit them for [...]
The first thing you need to know is don't arrive at the airshow shagged out from jetlag, too much travel and partying with friends in town from over the other side of the world. The second thing is that it is almost impossible not to do so. So on to point 3 - remember that almost everyone else is in exactly the same boat. Hence you'll get some singularly good quotes at press conferences. Yesterday saw me make a dozen or so calls on the train from London to Farnborough confirming meetings - at least 50% of which were bound [...]