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  1. That's what they're developing for use in airplanes. It's in one of the articles above.
  2. I disagree. There's no other time like when you just got done with high school to continue academics. That's not to say to get a degree in some bullshit, if you're doing well in school then do the college thing. It's money in the bank and never in your life will you be able to pursue the quality of college undergrad degree that you can straight out of high school. If you're not doing well in school then join the military and get that GI bill for something useful when you get out, there's not greater opportunity to get a good education AND you'll be a little older and wiser about hitting the books. Any other path has you doing twice the work and needing double the luck. Yes, I know there are allegories out there about people who don't need none of that college boy bullshit.
  3. You must not be aware of the Helium Blend now available in limited markets.
  4. From the article, doesn't seem like they're using standard production batteries for their test flights. Perhaps this will help to push the "NASA Batteries" into production use. Even if the ROI is similar to turbines you have to imagine the short haul market would see the value and help develop it.
  5. You're having a bout of Nihilism and it's no big deal, something that passes and comes and goes and comes back again and goes again. It's part of passing through the years and trying to figure out why the fuck you're busting your ass just to uphold the premise of a normal life in which you're supposed to make money and do this and do that and then blink out of existence at a higher probability as a function of your age. Hobbies, spontaneity and internet porn help.
  6. First priority is a visual altimeter. As for your turns, you should think of it as a range in which you turn, not an exact number but yes you want your visual altimeter to be accurate so that your range is accurate.
  7. That's right. They were testing an engine on a 208 test frame. https://www.flyer.co.uk/magnix-tests-new-electric-motor-on-cessna-ironbird/
  8. Then it's just a question of whether it's better for the batteries to "top off" while boarding or charge the full cycle. OK, someone go buy one of these C206's and all the necessary electrical infrastructure and let's see how it goes!
  9. I guess it'll matter what's required to maintain flight plus 30min? 80% charge time is about 40 min from zero so that seems better than I thought. And in latest news. NASA and GE work to make an inverter better suited to commercial flight. https://www.zdnet.com/article/ge-nasa-partner-to-advance-the-future-of-electric-flight/
  10. Share it. This post is for learning about these developing methods. For us that birdy needs to turn so that's what I'm most interested in. For basic airline usage they may be able to afford a 30 minute to hour long sit on the ramp but we can't.
  11. 1. I think we're almost out of its clutches but the Groupon trend has resulted in stagnated revenue for DZ's across the country. I realize this is more of an industry thing but I know that it's severely affected two medium sized DZ's near me, one closed. The fact is that most DZ's need tandems to keep the plane moving and jumpers don't show up if the plane isn't moving. 2. Kids/Fam - The story is the same, someone gets into jumping finds a SO, makes babies and they're gone. 3. Money - It's fucking expensive. The only way I can justify the expense is by working as a TI.
  12. Today I got a message from my college class reunion association and it struck me to be about the only type of correspondence for which that phrase seems appropriate.
  13. I stopped using the search function as it has yet to work on any searches I've made for things that I know exist.
  14. Another order on the books for an electric aircraft. Not a type that benefits us but some help in developing the market and infrastructure. Order for First All-Electric Passenger Airplane Placed by Massachusetts Carrier https://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/aerospace/aviation/order-for-first-allelectric-passenger-airplane-placed-by-massachusetts-carrier
  15. Nope, you're fine. Fitness will always get you through a hot day. Fittin-this jumpsuit is always an issue after the holidays.