Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
Aeroplane Geeks World Wide!
"There's an aeroplane geek in us all"
"That was the title of an email sent to me by a friend. Attached was a photo taken from the window seat of an aircraft. It was sent because my friend appreciated my interest in aerospace. I never tire of watching aeroplanes or anything about them.
I am not a pilot, (well not a fully qualified one) but I do love aviation. But what is it that brings people together when the topic is flying? People that may not have much in common are suddenly bonded together with their interest in aeroplanes (and rockets I might a). Well, I think it’s that amazing feeling of being in the air, of flying like a bird, soaring and watching this world from above. It can be almost a spiritual experience for some.
Strapped in to a modern airliner is not dissimilar to sitting in a bus. It's a metal tube and is often filled with people who do not know each other and whose sole aim is to get from one place to another. What bonds us is when the wheels leave the earth and whether it's 10 feet or 30,000 feet, the view out of the window and our own perspective on the world changes.
We see it differently. We see planet earth and our impact upon it. For some this awe inspiring view brings strength through goals and achievements such as wanting to a pilot and do this more often. For most of us though, it allows us to continue to be amazed that the tube we are sitting in is actually suspended in the air, racing along at 500mph.
I indulge my interest through work on my aviation and aerospace podcasts. Since 2010 I have had the privilege of meeting many people in the aerospace and aviation industries. This makes me a very fortunate individual. My first 'big interview' was with Karelen Pettit. In the 45 minutes we talked, I discovered what an amazing career she had manifested; and learned of the stories and experiences along the way.
If you ever get the chance to listen to Karlene then do so, she is both an ambassador for the industry as well as a darn good story teller. I also learned much from that discussion apart from her being a lovely person of course. It dawned on me that the mysticism around the sector is something created by me to admire those I thought had something I could never achieve. Karlene helped me see that her journey is one we could all take if we chose to. If we want to achieve something in the sector, then go out and do it.
Four years later I have interviewed over 150 people in the industry. From astronauts, pilots, engineers and leaders, to those who have survived the pain and distress of disaster. Author Earl Moorhouse a survivor of the first Boeing 747 crash, remains still one of the greatest interviews I have been lucky enough to deliver. What an amazing man.
"My programme is called: Xtended"
Its an audio programme you download from our website (or through iTunes). Produced out of the UK, we bring international aviation and aerospace news, stories and debate to the listener. We love our Top 10 lists as they get great debates going. Its hard work but enjoyable and gives me my aviation fix. We hope you can get some of your through the show. If you like hearing great interviews and aviation discussion, give us a try, I do not think you will be disappointed. It's free, what else could you ask for.
Remember there's an aeroplane geek in us all. Let us help you to enjoy your journey through the skies, wherever it's taking you."
Presenter and Producer
Pieter also sent me a couple links where you can listen to our interviews. He's an amazing man and fun to chat with. You have to admit the second link has a pretty catchy title.
In addition, he added a link to an interview with Earl Moorhouse, the survivor of the first B747 crash.
Teamwork and Flight 540 You won't want to miss this one.
Enjoy the journey!!
- See more at: http://karlenepetitt.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/aeroplane-geeks-world-wide.html#sthash.P0iClHa8.dpuf
Friday, 1 February 2013
|Barracuda - Courtesy IWM|
This week Naval Air Historian Matt Willis joins us on the show to discuss his new book on the Fairey Barracuda a mono wing fleet air arm torpedo bomber from the second world war. Designed to be a mulit functional aircraft, the ‘Barra’ suffered reputational challenges from its perceived weaknesses. However, it proved itself many times and flew well into the ‘50’s.
This is of course the aircraft my father flew late in the war and relayed many of his memories and stories to us in his segment a while ago.
Matt can be found at www.navalairhistory.com and on Twitter@NavalAirHistory.
Matt’s published books include: Blackburn Skua and Roc andJunkers Ju 87 Stuka.
Naval History Links:
- Fairey Barracuda Wreckage and Recollections
- Barracuda Rising From the Wreckage
- The Royal Navy Historic Flight
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Flying Training Scholarships are now being oﬀered through a new aviation charity for 16 to 18 year old's in the Perth area of Scotland. Take Off is the new Charity looking to give something back to the aviation community in a part of the world where aviation is crucial to the economy and well being of the region.
Supported by Perth and Kinross Education Authority and the Scottish Aero Club this is an absolutely fantastic opportunity for youngsters who may never have been given this chance.
- For further information or to contact the Take Off team - firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.take-off.org.uk
Ian can be personally followed on Twitter @AusterPilot
Thursday, 17 January 2013
|New Aircraft Stand Lighting at Southampton Airport|
Back at Southampton Airport well talk again to Dan Townsend who tells us that once again Southampton is leading the UK’s airports with its innovative and sustainable approach to lighting. Work was recently completed on the replacement of the lights on all 14 of the airport’s aircraft stands with LED lighting.
|British Airways’ Olympic Torch liveried Airbus A319 ‘The Firefly’ at Southampton|
Having successfully used LED and solar lighting around the airport for other projects, when the lights illuminating the aircraft stands at night were reaching the end of their lives the airport’s projects and engineering teams were keen to explore the same technology.
Dan tells us the benefits of using LED and solar power in the airfield environment.
Thursday, 10 January 2013
Southampton Airport has become the first in the UK to bring a hand held laser bird scaring device into regular operation on the airfield following successful airside trials.
Continuing with our series from the airport we talk to Dan Townsend, Airside Assurance Manager.
Being a relatively small airfield, it’s important that vehicle movements across the runway are kept to a minimum, especially during periods of higher traffic, when the risk of bird strike increases. It’s also vital at these times that birds are dispersed quickly and the laser allows the airport to accurately disperse the birds in a safe direction, from a distance of up to 2km, the full length of the airfield.
Southampton Airport will use the laser in conjunction with the airport’s other active bird control measures which should reduce overall costs associated with pyrotechnics and ammunition. During the trial the operations team worked to develop a detailed risk assessment and to gather evidence on the effectiveness of the laser on a variety of different bird species.
In order to safely bring the laser into the daily operation a suite of safety management documents has been put together including a comprehensive training plan, local operating
Although it needs to be closer to the birds at dusk or dawn, it is still effective up to a distance of about 800m.
Thursday, 3 January 2013
The Museum is dedicated to Farnborough's aviation history and heritage and focuses on the technological and aerospace advances that Farnborough has delivered to the aviation industry.
Listed by the Sunday Times as one of the Worlds Top 10 Geekiest attractions, there is an amazing collection of archived documents and photographs, engines, wind tunnel models, aircraft and we could go on,,,,Its simply an amazing visit for anyone interested in aviation heritage and the developments of new technology for the aerospace industry. And ITS FREE :-)
Formed in 1993 FAST's objective was to save the Farnborough factory site and some of the critical artifacts developed through the decades and most recently by the Royal Aircraft Establishment.
You will be surprised to hear that many technology advances common today in new aircraft and space vehicles originated here and not in other parts of the world and hopefully you too will visit and support the work the team is doing, because without the volunteers, these aircraft and aviation artifacts would be lost to us all.