Anything that can be done to keep the birds in the air as much as possible during an emergency.
Earlier this month, Lockheed and Kaman took the K-MAX to an FAA drone test facility in upstate New York to demonstrate its capabilities for experts from the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Forest Service, the folks who manage much of the land that’s especially susceptible to wildfires.
I have long been a critic of the Transportation Security Administration and its parent Department of Homeland Security since their inception following the attacks on September 11, 2001. That is not to say that I don’t think that we should have security at our airports, but that we should have more commonsense policies that don’t rely on a strategy of general harassment and exploitation of the flying public. The TSA strategy is generally reactive (please remove your shoes because that one guy tried to make them a bomb) and encumbered by bureaucracy. This sort of thing has led to labour slowdowns, periodic line freezes, and other general annoyances that do nothing to hinder terrorism while doing everything to annoy and patronise the flying public. In a way, the TSA simply proves that the terrorists won.
TSA: A Portrait of Inefficiency, Ineptitude, and Waste.
To me, the image is really funny…I just picture them on horseback with their scimitar swords and their man dresses on…on a ship, out in the water.
Today’s episode of Afterburn analyses Iran’s naval power (as well as the merits of Tusken Raiders having a navy). In addition, Hammy and Drake argue about guns and whether helicopters or aeroplanes are better. Meanwhile, special guest Blue reviews AMC’s orginal series The Walking Dead and Atari recounts an encounter he had in LA traffic.
In case of crash I stand good chances to end up in kebab form.
Pascal Chretien, Aerospace Engineer
For some reason, the French have always been good at helicopter “firsts.” This new milestone cuts another notch in their aeronautical belt as engineer Pascal Chretien went from drawing board to working prototype on an all-electric helicopter in less than twelve months. Granted, the prototype is little more than a Helicycle, but it hovers and hasn’t disintegrated into a million pieces yet (as tends to be the case with a lot of early helicopter models). Sikorsky is still working on a more traditional model that utilizes the familiar cyclic/collective/pedals combination rather than the weight-shift option Chretien has opted for (as well as one that can lift more than 180lbs one foot off the ground), but it’s interesting to see where this technology goes–especially in this era of skyrocketing fuel/carbon costs and increased noise-abatement requirements.