Sunday, 12 February 2017

The 7 Hardest Parts About Becoming A Private Pilot

The 7 Hardest Parts About Becoming A Private Pilot 
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Everyone knows that crosswind landings are usually challenging for student pilots. But beyond landings (and money!), there's a lot about learning to fly that can be pretty tough. Here's what you should be ready for...

1) Aircraft Systems
One of the toughest topics for private pilot students is aircraft systems. As less and less people grow up working on cars or around machinery, there's diminishing knowledge behind what makes that engine turn.

Want to know more about the systems and equipment in your aircraft? Dig into your POH and read section 7. Better yet, find a local A&P at your airport and have them walk you through a few systems with the cowling off. Getting hands-on with the equipment behind closed panels is a great way to learn how your airplane flies.



2) The National Airspace System

It's more than identifying lines of airspace on a sectional chart. You'll need to know what weather minimums exist at different altitudes (day and night), what your equipment requirements are, and what your communication requirements are.

We can help - give our National Airspace System course a try.




3) Learning Regulations

There are hundreds of FAA Regulations that govern how, where, and when you can fly. Some of them can be pretty confusing. As a student pilot, you're just as responsible for adhering to the FARs as any fully certificated pilot. Keep yourself out of trouble and learn those regs!



4) Aerodynamics

A huge part of learning to fly is understanding the physics behind how it all works. But how can a strong foundation of aerodynamics save your life? One simple example is the lift to drag ratio for your airplane. At L/D max, or the best lift to drag ratio, you'll find an approximate best glide speed.



5) Decoding Textual Weather

Whether it's a METAR or PIREP, it's your responsibility as a pilot to maintain your skills for decoding textual weather.

Need a refresher? Give our Aviation Weather Products course a try.



6) "Radio Talk"

Learning how to actively listen for your callsign in busy airspace with dozens of airplanes on-frequency is tough. Adding that to learning the correct verbiage provides quite the task for brand new student pilots. Here are some things you shouldn't say over the radio.



7) Getting Into "School Mode"

First and foremost, getting your brain into a "school mode" can be tough, especially if you haven't sat in a formal classroom setting in years. Learning to fly is undoubtedly fun, but there's also a lot of work outside the cockpit.


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Smartphones, tablets and internet killing Irish marriages and family life

Smartphones, tablets and internet killing Irish marriages and family life, warns expert - Irish Mirror Online

Couple annoyed at each other after argumentCouple fighting
Forget affairs or simply falling out of love, technology is the biggest factor in the breakdown of Irish marriages, it's claimed.

Family psychologist and UCD lecturer, Dr John Sharry, maintains the overuse of smartphones, tablets and the internet is having a devastating impact on relationships - and our sex lives.

Worryingly, our must-have gadgets are also ruining family life and the bonds between parents and their children.

Dr Sharry's warnings are supported by counselling body Relationships Ireland, which claims 90% of couples seeking its help say technology is a big factor in their marriage troubles.

Read more: Four things that spell relationship trouble - and how you can avoid heading for the divorce courts.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

'Fake news' inquiry launched

'Fake news' inquiry launched - News from Parliament - UK Parliament



The Culture, Media and Sport Committee launches an inquiry into 'fake news': the growing phenomenon of widespread dissemination, through social media and the internet, and acceptance as fact of stories of uncertain provenance or accuracy.

Call for written submissions

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee are looking at ways to respond to the phenomenon of fake news, focusing in particular on the following questions:
What is 'fake news'? Where does biased but legitimate commentary shade into propaganda and lies?
What impact has fake news on public understanding of the world, and also on the public response to traditional journalism? If all views are equally valid, does objectivity and balance lose all value?
Is there any difference in the way people of different ages, social backgrounds, genders etc use and respond to fake news?
Have changes in the selling and placing of advertising encouraged the growth of fake news, for example by making it profitable to use fake news to attract more hits to websites, and thus more income from advertisers?
What responsibilities do search engines and social media platforms have, particularly those which are accessible to young people? Is it viable to use computer-generated algorithms to root out 'fake news' from genuine reporting?
How can we educate people in how to assess and use different sources of news?
Are there differences between the UK and other countries in the degree to which people accept 'fake news', given our tradition of public service broadcasting and newspaper readership?
How have other governments responded to fake news?

Submit your views through the Fake news inquiry page.

Deadline for written submissions is Friday 3 March 2017.

How Stall Strips Keep Your Plane Under Control

How Stall Strips Keep Your Plane Under Control | Boldmethod



Stall strips create a more controlled stall across the wing, and they also increase wing buffeting before a full stall happens. So how do they work? It starts with something called the stagnation point.



How Stall Strips Help.

Stall strips start working when your wing is at a high angle-of-attack. Because the stagnation point is on the underside of the wing at a high AOA, air flows up and around the leading edge, making its way over the top of the wing. With no stall strip, airflow can stay attached to the wing when this happens...



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By Colin Cutler   01/31/2017

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Motorized deltaplanes by GleBB

Popular on 500px : Motorized deltaplanes _ Earth farewell _ Good luck! by GleBB ‹ Photo Snapping ‹ Reader — WordPress.com







An ultralight trike is a type of powered hang glider where flight control is by weight-shift. These aircraft have a fabric flex-wing from which is suspended a tricycle fuselage pod driven by a pusher propeller. The pod accommodates either a solo pilot, or a pilot and a single passenger.
Trikes are referred to as “microlights” in Europe. Such aircraft are also known as 2-axis microlights, flex-wing trikes, weight-shift-control aircraft, microlight trikes, deltatrikes or motorized deltaplanes.
The history of the trike is traced back to the invention by Francis Rogallo’s flexible wing and subsequent development by the Paresev engineering team’s innovations and then others. On 1948, engineer Francis Rogallo invented a self-inflating wing which he patented on March 20, 1951, as the Flexible wing...

Monday, 9 January 2017

Drive to bring more international students to Ireland

Drive to bring more international students here - Independent.ie
Fee-paying schools are expected to enjoy a Brexit bounce, as well as benefit from a new drive to recruit international second-level students to Ireland.

Major financial corporations, such as banks and insurance companies, are turning their eyes to Dublin as an EU base in anticipation of the UK's departure from the EU.

Children's education is high on the list of priorities for executives who are being asked to relocate with their families, with school fees a typical part of the remuneration package.

"This is happening anyway, but a lot more is expected post-Brexit," said one source in the financial world who is already dealing with such queries.

Typically, HR personnel from the companies involved come to check out what's available, with a focus on the fee-paying sector.

Meanwhile, there is a growing international market in second-level students, similar to what happens at third-level, from families in central and south-east Asia who want an English-speaking education for their children...

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Sugar is the ‘alcohol of the child’, yet we let it dominate the breakfast table | Robert Lustig | Opinion | The Guardian

Sugar is the ‘alcohol of the child’, yet we let it dominate the breakfast table 

Breakfast is considered by most nutrition experts, including Public Health England, to be the most important meal of the day. It gets your brain and your metabolism going, and it suppresses the hunger hormone in your stomach so you won’t overeat at lunch. But in our busy lives, it’s easy to turn to what is quick, cheap, or what you can eat on the go. Cold cereal. Instant oatmeal. For those die-hard “I’m gonna serve something hot for breakfast” types, it’s microwaveable breakfast sandwiches. Gotta get out the door now? Granola bars. Protein bars. Yoghurt smoothies.



Children consume half of daily sugar quota at breakfast – study

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Sadly, as the National Diet and Nutrition Survey found, what you’re really doing is giving your children a huge sugar load while sending them on their way: half of their daily intake on average. There’s a reason that the World Health Organisationand the United States Department of Agriculture have provided upper limits of sugar – because dietary sugar fries your kids’ liver and brain; just like alcohol.

Alcohol provides calories (7kcal/g), but not nutrition. There’s no biochemical reaction that requires it. When consumed chronically and in high dose, alcohol is toxic, unrelated to its calories or effects on weight. Not everyone who is exposed gets addicted, but enough do to warrant taxation and restriction of access, especially to children. Clearly, alcohol is not a food – it’s a dangerous drug, because it’s both toxic and abused.

Dietary sugar is composed of two molecules: glucose and fructose. Fructose, while an energy source (4kcal/g), is otherwise vestigial to humans; again, there is no biochemical reaction that requires it. But fructose is metabolised in the liver in exactly the same way as alcohol. And that’s why, when consumed chronically and at a high dose, fructose is similarly toxic and abused, unrelated to its calories or effects on weight. And that’s why our children now get the diseases of alcohol (type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease), without alcohol. Because sugar is the “alcohol of the child”. Also similar to alcohol, sugared beverages are linked to behavioural problems in children...

Monday, 2 January 2017

A Month Without Sugar - The New York Times

A Month Without Sugar

By: David Leonhardt
Op-Ed Columnist 

It is in chicken stock, sliced cheese, bacon and smoked salmon, in mustard and salad dressing, in crackers and nearly every single brand of sandwich bread. It is all around us — in obvious ways and hidden ones — and it is utterly delicious.

It’s sugar, in its many forms: powdered sugar, honey, corn syrup, you name it. The kind you eat matters less than people once thought, scientific research suggests, and the amount matters much more. Our national sugar habit is the driving force behind the diabetes and obesity epidemics and may be a contributing factor to cancer and Alzheimer’s.

Like me, you’ve probably just finished a couple of weeks in which you have eaten a whole lot of tasty sugar. Don’t feel too guilty about it. But if you feel a little guilty about it, I’d like to make a suggestion.

Choose a month this year — a full 30 days, starting now or later — and commit to eating no added sweeteners. Go cold turkey, for one month.

I have done so in each of the last two years, and it has led to permanent changes in my eating habits. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. It reset my sugar-addled taste buds and opened my eyes to the many products that needlessly contain sugar. I now know which brands of chicken stock, bacon, smoked salmon, mustard and hot sauce contain added sugar and which donot.

I know that Triscuits and pita bread are our friends. They have only a few ingredients, and no sugar. Wheat Thins and most packaged sandwich breads, on the other hand, have an ingredient list that evokes high school chemistry class, including added sugars.
How Much Sugar Can You Avoid Today?

See if you can stay under a healthy limit.


If you give up sugar for a month, you’ll become part of a growing anti-sugar movement. Research increasingly indicates that an overabundance of simple carbohydrates, and sugar in particular, is the No. 1 problem in modern diets. An aggressive, well-financed campaign by the sugar industry masked this reality for years. Big Sugar instead placed the blame on fats — which seem, after all, as if they should cause obesity.

But fats tend to have more nutritional value than sugar, and sugar is far easier to overeat. Put it this way: Would you find it easier to eat two steaks or two pieces of cake?

Fortunately, the growing understanding of sugar’s dangers has led to a backlash, both in politics and in our diets. Taxes on sweetened drinks — and soda is probably the most efficient delivery system for sugar — have recently passed in Chicago, Philadelphia, Oakland, San Francisco and Boulder, Colo. Mexico and France now have one as well, and Ireland and Britain soon will.

Even before the taxes, Americans were cutting back on sugar. Since 1999, per capita consumption of added sweeteners has fallen about 14 percent, according to the Agriculture Department.

Yet it needs to drop a lot more — another 40 percent or so — to return to a healthy level. “Most public authorities think everybody would be healthier eating less sugar,” says Marion Nestle of N.Y.U. “There is tons of evidence.”

A good long-term limit for most adults is no more than 50 grams (or about 12 teaspoons) of added sugars per day, and closer to 25 is healthier. A single 16-ounce bottle of Coke has 52 grams.

You don’t have to cut out sugar for a month to eat less of it, of course. But it can be difficult to reduce your consumption in scattered little ways. You can usually find an excuse to say yes to the plate of cookies at a friend’s house or the candy jar during a meeting. Eliminating added sugar gives you a new baseline and forces you to make changes. Once you do, you’ll probably decide to keep some of your new habits...

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Boldmethods Top 10 Stories Of 2016

Boldmethod's Top 10 Stories Of 2016, According To You | Boldmethod

2016 was a quite a year at Boldmethod, and we have readers like you to thank for it (thanks!). So to wrap up 2016 and get ready for 2017, here are our 10 most popular stories of the year. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

10) Pitch For Airspeed, Power For Altitude? Or The Other Way Around?
You're high on the glideslope. How do you correct? Do you pitch down, or do you reduce power?
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9) How To Fly An IFR Departure Procedure With A "Climb Via"

ExpressJet gave us a flight crew and a jet for the day (how cool is that?). So we went out and flew one of the more confusing things in instrument flying: a departure procedure with a "climb via".

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8) How To Survive An Engine Failure Immediately After Takeoff

An engine failure is always something that will get your blood pumping, but there's one place where it can be particularly pulse-pounding... Read story...

Sunday, 18 December 2016

SW 4 ‘Solo’ remotely piloted helicopter begins test campaign in Grottaglie airport

SW 4 ‘Solo’ remotely piloted helicopter begins test campaign in Grottaglie airport

With the first flight of the innovative remotely piloted helicopter SW-4 ‘Solo’ yesterday at the Taranto-Grottaglie Airport, Leonardo-Finmeccanica begins the test campaign in order to verify the aircraft’s operational characteristics and validate flight procedures, in both normal and emergency conditions.

Mauro Moretti, CEO and General Manager Leonardo said: “The SW-4 ‘Solo’ is testimony of Leonardo’s industrial commitment and innovation in unmanned aircraft, a sector of increased global competition and is part of a portfolio of solutions making Leonardo the only European company able to provide a complete ‘unmanned’ system. When presented with an advancement of technology, the winning regions are those who can adapt to market needs. Grottaglie is an example of this.”

Yesterday’s activity was part of a collaboration started in 2015 between Leonardo, Aeroporti di Puglia (AdP) and the Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale Pugliese (DTA) for the “Grottaglie Test Bed,” which is a candidate to become the Italian solution to the national and European industry demand for the testing of unmanned aircraft. The flight campaign, carried out in collaboration with the DTA and Ente Nazionale Aviazione Civile (ENAC, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority), will continue during the first few months of 2017. The validation of procedures and regulations for the use of unmanned aircraft are among its key objectives.


The ‘Solo’, derived from the SW-4 helicopter produced by Leonardo in Poland and equipped with advanced systems and sensors also made by the company in Italy and the UK, is designed to operate with or without pilot on board. The ‘Solo,’ recently returned from a successful demonstration campaign in the UK, is an innovative solution for activities such as hydrological and critical infrastructure monitoring, firefighting, search and rescue, patrol, and disaster relief activities...

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Opinion Today

Opinion Today
Many of the things that keep our democracy healthy don’t appear in the Constitution or any federal law. President Obama made this point Monday when talking about an orderly transition from one presidency to the next:

“It’s not something that the Constitution explicitly requires but it is one of those norms that are vital to a functioning democracy, similar to norms of civility and tolerance and a commitment to reason and facts and analysis.”

The last few words of that sentence were the ones that caught my attention, and I started thinking about them again after reading an Op-Ed by Zeynep Tufekci.

Tufekci, a University of North Carolina professor, makes the case that Facebook is in denial about its role in spreading misinformation. During the presidential campaign, Facebook helped spread falsehoods — the Pope endorsed Trump! — to millions of people. Those falsehoods appeared in fake news articles, and Facebook did nothing to inform their users that the material in them was simply made up.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has said it’s “pretty crazy” to believe that fake news influences people in any significant way, but Tufekci persuasively lays out evidence to the contrary. Multiple studies have shown — and common sense backs up — that Facebook influences opinions and behavior.

“These are not easy problems to solve, but there is a lot Facebook could do,” Tufekci wrote. “When the company decided it wanted to reduce spam, it established a policy that limited its spread.” The step that Facebook announced Monday— refusing to display advertisements in fake stories — isn’t sufficient.

The media is in the midst of a historical transition right now. Some old news sources are shrinking or disappearing, and others — many of which rely on Facebook — are rising. There is nothing wrong with this change. Our country has survived the fading of news powerhouses, like the Saturday Evening Post, Life magazine and live radio broadcasts, before.

But whatever forms the new information sources take, they do need to provide “reason and facts,” neither of which is partisan. A healthy democracy depends on it. As Thomas Jefferson said, the people need “full information of their affairs.” Zuckerberg, by believing that Facebook is staying neutral, has in fact made a damaging choice.

The full Opinion report from The Times follows, including Geoff Dembicki on generational war and climate change.

David Leonhardt
Op-Ed Columnist
NY Times.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Cessna 152 Multiple Spins Recovery

When it comes to spin recovery, this is how it's done.

This is spectacular... Thank you Cheesecake Ninja for sharing