National Hispanic Heritage Month: Aida de Acosta — Transportation History


Aviation trailblazer Aida de Acosta (1881-1962) was born in Long Beach, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Ricardo de Acosta, a steamship company executive of Cuban descent. In June 1903 Acosta became the first woman to fly a motorized aircraft on her own. While she was visiting Paris, renowned Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont taught […]

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Today in Transportation History – 2016: The First Asian Woman to Fly Solo Around the World — Transportation History


Airline transport pilot and certified flight instructor Wang Zheng (also known as Julie Wang) became the first Asian woman to circumnavigate the Earth in an airplane, and the first Chinese woman to fly solo around the world, when she returned to the Texas town of Addison in the Dallas area 33 days after starting her […]

via Today in Transportation History – 2016: The First Asian Woman to Fly Solo Around the World — Transportation History

Paris Air Show: the hottest show on earth —


Like troops returning from the battlefield the news team has arrived at Shephard Towers victorious after a successful Paris Air Show. Think I’m exaggerating? You don’t know man, you weren’t there! With temperatures reaching 38 degrees Celsius (over 100 Fahrenheit) walking around the tarmac at Le Bourget was testing to even the most dedicated aviation […]

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Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Sunita Williams, Indian American Astronaut


In December 2006, Sunita Williams became only the second woman of Indian descent to travel to outer space when she was launched on board Space Shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station (ISS). Kalpana Chawla had become the first woman of Indian descent to travel to outer space when she flew on board Space Shuttle […]

via Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Sunita Williams, Indian American Astronaut — Transportation History

Jonathan Livingston Seagull


Heaven is not a place, and it is not a time.
Heaven is being perfect.
And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour,
or a million,
or flying at the speed of light.
Because any number is a limit,
and perfection doesn’t have limits.
Perfect speed, my son, is being there.

— Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

Monday Morning Inspiration


Each year, I look forward to my trip to Oshkosh, not the least because I look forward to being inspired. See Oshkosh: An Inspiration.

Since 2002, when I first made it to Airventure, I looked forward to my trips to Oshkosh as an inspiration, to rejuvenate my spirits, to take a day or two or a week off, so I could handle the rest of the year.

osh15The last couple of years my trips to Oshkosh were exhilarating, not the least because I flew in, but sadly Rutan’s absence was deeply felt.

On Friday, February 19th, 2015,  EAA announced the return  of Burt Rutan to Airventure 2015 for the 40th anniversary of the VariEze. Lookout for a flyin of Rutan designs!

2015 promises to be a year to look forward to…See you at Airventure 2015!

O Me! O! Life


Inspiration

‘O me! O life!…
Of the questions of these recurring;
Of the endless trains of the faithless…
Of cities filled with the foolish;
What good amid these, O me, O life?’

Answer:

That you are here —that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.
That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.
What will your verse be?”

—Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass), as adapted in the movie Dead Poets Society.