A&E #10: The United Debacle

Rule #1 about United Fight Club: Don’t talk about United Fight Club.

As I am sure everyone knows what I am talking about, the United debacle, I will move ahead with this. First of all, how did any of the United employees involved in this situation allow it to happen? I believe that it was bound to happen eventually, as the company’s bad business practices have been flawed for years. The company, as many other airlines, has made a bad habit of overbooking flights. What adds to the problem is how the company prioritizes employee traveling, specifically their handling of how they solve the overbooking. Rather than ask if anyone can wait until the next flight or better yet making the employees take another flight, they decide to ‘voluntarily’ force paying customers off of the flight.


Note: I waited until the end of the week to post this because of the nature of the content. As this story is already confusing, there has to be a deeper story, so therefore I am withholding more insight until the time when more information has been brought to life.


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A&E #9: Buzz is back at it!

As many of you have probably already seen, former astronaut and Air Force retiree Buzz Aldrin flew with the Thunderbirds on April 2. This sortee makes him the oldest person to hitch a ride with the Air Force’s flight demonstration team.

Photo from The Drive

Check out The Drive’s story on Buzz’s flight here at http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/8882/buzz-aldrin-blasts-off-with-the-usaf-thunderbirds-for-a-record-flight I am glad to see that Buzz is still doing what he loves to do; it would be one of the coolest things on Earth to be a Thunderbird, but to get to be the Thunderbird who flies around with Buzz Aldrin! Every young aviator’s dream would be to meet someone like Buzz, and to get to fly him around over Launchpad 39A and the Cape would be one of the greatest privileges. Buzz keeps busy constantly, as he is now working to inspire people and raise interest on going to Mars. I would recommend that you follow Buzz on Facebook, as he and others post nearly every day on what he has going on. This man never rests it seems like, and at 87 years old he is still going strong. His history is strong, including being a fighter pilot, the second man on the moon, and many other accomplishments, and through his recent escapades he shows that his history is going to keep expanding. Could he become the oldest person to travel to Mars? Time will only tell, and if he puts his mind to it, who’ll tell him no?

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Aviation and Exploration #8: Circular Runways- Gained Development or Wasted Research

Over the past week there has been much talk surrounding circular runways. If you have yet to see about this, here is the link: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-39284294  . This video was published by BBC several days ago, and many people have been talking about it, but why? As soon as I saw it the only thing that popped into my mind was the difficulties this would bring to aviation.

Photo from YouTube

I immediately began to question the authenticity of the video and the research it was covering when one of the first claims was that circular runways will be greener and less noisy. Obviously whoever was behind the video has nothing to do with aviation, as the ‘aircraft are noisy’ concern is sure to get you into an argument with some pilots. People build their home right beside an airport and then try to have it shut down (as seen in Santa Monica), because apparently commercial travel and business commerce are less important than a bloke who bought useless real estate. Also, how would landing on a crooked hill while turning be greener? Nowadays if you slap on a label for something and claim it is green or will help the environment people immediately accept the product as is, no questions asked. This is what they are attempting to do here, say it’ll be greener and the uninformed populous will swallow it hook, line, and sinker. It takes much more than giving your idea the hipster seal of approval in order to convince the aviation community, because we know what works. Things may look good on paper in a liberal arts classroom in the Netherlands, but that doesn’t mean it will work in real life. The video shows Henk Hesselink, the man behind this theory, as he attempts to explain how his years of ‘research’ might be used. Included in this rigmarole is a quick shot of he and a few other colleagues ‘hard at work’  messing about with a cheeky little flight simulator, and one major red flag is immediately raised in my head. Why didn’t they show any shots of pilots attempting to land on this new runway? After rolling through a few shots from the flight sim cockpit which show pixelated rolling hills and quaint little blocky fields, they began giving more propaganda as words over the shots; not once is a landing shown. This immediately tells to me either a.) it is too difficult to land on a NASCAR-like runway OR b.) using the graphics of a Nintendo 64 on their simulator wasn’t good enough for actual data and they spent all their money on a big arcade game (meaning that for those years of research they’ve been loafing around and getting paid for it). Also, using a simulator is fine and good, but it cannot accurately simulate every eventuality of a real cockpit, meaning everything on this project up to this point has been guesswork (reminds you of grade school science fair doesn’t it). All of this, and we haven’t even gotten to the real problems.

As far as how practical a circular runway could be, it doesn’t look promising. Imagine this: you are now on approach, it is getting dark so you head toward a mothership of landing lights, trying to figure out which one you should pick to land by (they’re all the same it’s hard to tell where each marker is for your hunk of the runway (they want to land three at a time, so make sure not to land on anyone)). After choosing what part of the mothership you wish to land on you set up an approach that looks like Burt Reynolds landing in the street while drunk in The Cannonball Run. After the Cannonball theme song runs through your head for a while you remember you have to land on a banking runway as if you are Dale Earnhardt driving in a race. While landing on the slope you get a short crosswind burst and prepare to say goodbye to the inboard wing (happens in Kerbal Space Program all the time, no big deal). Even if you do manage to set it down hopefully the side-loading on the gear don’t snap them off. After they break like toothpicks you can come skidding down the embankment like you’re in the ‘Big One’ at Daytona and end up wingless and gearless in the infield. Look on the bright side, while the mothership crew is hosing your plane down with foam to make sure it doesn’t burst into flames atleast you’ll get to use the slide.

I know, I know. It’s satire. But you understand my point, just because the idea can be talked up and has a sticker placed on it saying eco-friendly doesn’t mean it’s automatically a revolutionarily good idea. Here’s another link, http://www.avgeekery.com/dont-be-fooled-10-reasons-why-circular-runways-are-a-bad-idea/ it’s Avgeekery’s thoughts on the matter; check it out they go in-depth into some of the real mechanical issues surrounding landing on the Daytona International Mothership, or whatever they will end up calling it.


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Sadie’s Science Corner #5: Spring and Flying

Spring Break is nearly upon us, and the weather’s looking great! I cannot wait to get outdoors and have some fun in the spring air. Over spring break I hope to work on some of my model aircraft and hopefully get one in the air (that is if the wind ever lays down). I love spring, and it is a great time for aviation. Keep a lookout for any airshows in your area, as I would recommend everyone going to a spring show, or even a local fly-in. For larger airshows you can check the Thunderbirds’ and Blue Angels’ schedules, available online (links below).

Thunderbirds Air Show Schedule 2017: http://afthunderbirds.com/site/show-season/

Blue Angels Air Show Schedule 2017: http://www.milavia.net/airshows/calendar/schedule-2017-blue-angels.html


So far it looks to be a fun packed year for airshows across the country! Also, if you are into model aircraft airshows there are many throughout the nation, including the famous Joe Nall and the up-and-coming Flite Fest. Finally, with better weather comes more aviation related crashes, so if you are flying, make sure to enjoy the view but also keep in mind situational awareness. Whether full scale or model flying, safety is the number one concern on everyone’s list, so just keep a level head and fly safe. Sometimes pilots in good weather conditions focus too much on the scenery and too little on their plane, which can become a bad situation, even with models.


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Opportunities and Who You Are

First of all I apologize for missing last week, as I came down with the flu. Last Tuesday, however, I had one of the biggest opportunities so far in my career. The previous night I attended a seminar given by Gulfstream about possible co-op positions. We were allowed to turn in resumes if we wanted, and were told to keep our phones on that night just incase we were of the few they wanted to interview. At 10 pm my phone rang, and I had an interview with Gulfstream, an industry leader in the private aviation world! On Tuesday came my interview, and although being nervous I feel as if I did all I could. Unfortunately a few days later I received an email saying that I had not been picked, and the next day I had gotten sick. ‘Nothing’s been going for me’ I thought, and on top of piling up work and not wanting to fall behind I found myself questioning why I was putting myself through all of this. Most people don’t like school work to begin with, much less adding on being sick, and I will admit I was really hating school. As I have began to get better and get my work caught up (mostly haha it never ends) I was able to realize that I was beginning to see the truth, I didn’t like it because I was sick and tired of it (literally and figuratively). This wasn’t about school it was about my own performance, and not getting that job had in a way discouraged me, and being sick for a week didn’t help. During a few day’s recovery I was able to sit back and realize I wasn’t tired of school, it was the same as it had been and I was the same that I had been. So what if I hadn’t of gotten the co-op, I was still me, and aviation, and school (no matter how much things make me dislike it) still mattered. People will always associate me with flying, and it will always be who I am. I was reminded of this when friends sent me pictures of airplanes they saw during their day without me even having to ask. People knew aviation would cheer me up, and that it would bring me back to focus.


C-17s fly all around my hometown, and my Dad sent me this picture one evening.


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Buddy’s Aviation History Blog #4: Looking back on October Sky

Yesterday evening I was thinking back to when I used to shoot Estes rockets in the backyard, and I got to thinking about the movie October Sky. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it is a movie based on the teenage years of Homer Hickam Jr. (former NASA engineer) and his passion for rocketry. Together he and his friends build model rockets (some of which get them in trouble) and go on to win the national science fair, where Homer shakes the hand of his favorite scientist Wernher von Braun without realizing who he was. This movie inspired me when I was younger, and it had been several years since I had seen it; I am glad that I decided to watch it.

Photo from IMDb

Photo from IMDb



Good Aspects of the Movie

1.) It is a true story (you don’t see that in many movies, and when you do the truth is usually stretched)

2.) He went on to become a NASA engineer and served in the Vietnam War (accomplished his dreams)

3.) It reminds us the importance of encouraging young people to pursue their dreams no matter how far fetched they may seem at the time

4.) It shows young adults that their dreams are possible IF they put in the work

5.) It shows how far NASA and science have come even since the 50s (movie setting in late 50s)


Things that Could Have Been Improved

1.)  The teenagers accents seemed unrefined/overdone

2.) It would have been cool to see some more of his work at NASA after the movie


Overall I would say October Sky is a great movie, and all prospective aerospace engineers should watch it. It shows many good qualities including perseverance, determination, and friendship. Check out the movie, an you’ll be surprised. The movie was released in 1999 and is rated PG.


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An Aviation-Based Spring Break

Spring Break is a great time for friends to hang out and blow off some steam, but rather than just hang out around the house, what if we based our time off around flying? If money was not a factor, what would be the best Spring Break based around flying? This question was posed to myself and several other fellow writers (I will try to share the links to their ideas), and I would love to hear your ideas as well. Please email your ideas to  and we will feature a few of the best closer to Spring Break.


The following story is just that, this definitely couldn’t happen this year, but hopefully in a few years!


At MSU Spring Break usually lasts five days including the weekend, so there will be plenty of time to get around. A few friends and I could rent an aircraft and fly to the coast (Mississippi). The coast offers many attractions, including fine dining, fishing opportunities, and even the new Margaritaville (where you can see a huge model of a Grumman Goose hanging from the roof near the entrance) and many other large attractions throughout the area.


The next day we fly to Pensacola, Florida. Not only is it a great beach destination, it is also home to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team, also known as the Blue Angels. Once arriving we rent a car and drive out through the wildlife park near Pensacola Beach and to a little jut-out known as Fort Pickens. Facing the ocean with clear blue water and right across the bay from the naval air station, Fort Pickens is an amazing location to watch the Blues practice during the week. With jets screaming just feet over the sea wall you get a front row seat to a personal aerial performance. That afternoon we can hit the beach and relax!


On the third morning we head to the National Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola. If you have never been you are missing out, I could spend years in that museum! In the museum you can take guided tours or browse at your own leisure. Included in the museum’s artifacts are many aircraft, including four A-4 Skyhawks that the Blues flew years ago, an F4F Wildcat, SBD dive bomber, a blimp, and even an aircraft flown by George H.W. Bush! Part of one of the hangars is made to look like an old aircraft carrier deck. While there you could even check out the library resources which include countless amounts of materials on naval aviation and those who have served.

scootersThat evening could be spent checking out the scenery, including the wildlife preserve and the beautiful city of Pensacola. The fourth day could be spent at the beach or back at the museum to get a look at a few more aircraft you don’t want to miss (I would definitely be heading to the museum), and then it’s back to Mississippi. We refuel on the coast, grab something to eat, and head back to drop everyone off. While flying there and back it is a good opportunity to keep hours up plus some of your friends can experience flying if they never have before. After the aircraft is returned and checks out it’s time to head home and sleep, and to prepare for another day on the job (or campus).


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Remembering the Sacrifices of Past Astronauts

Apollo 1 Fire

On January 27, 1967 the crew for Apollo 1 was conducting tests while sealed into their command pod. The three man crew included Command Pilot Virgil A. “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White II, and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee. The cabin was completely isolated for the test, including the air system. Inside the cabin was an atmosphere of nearly 100% oxygen, creating a volatile environment. It is believed that a short near the Environmental Control Unit started a fire inside the cabin. The fire was able to expand very quickly in the oxygen-rich environment. The command pod had an inner and an outer door. While the crew was quickly able to open the inner door they were not able to open the hinged outer door, and all three perished. The Apollo program was put on pause. An in-depth investigation was launched, and it was determined that the crew died of cardiac arrest due to the large amounts of carbon dioxide created during the fire. Many of the command pod systems were found to have flaws and possible failures. This incident opened up NASA’s eyes to these problems, and out of this tragedy came many improvements in safety for astronauts.


Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

On January 28, 1986 the space shuttle known as Challenger was prepared to launch. After an unusually cold night there were concerns about possible damage to the equipment, but the decision was made to ‘go.’ 73 seconds into the flight the craft exploded; the explosion was caused by a faulty o-ring in one of the solid rocket boosters which set off the liquid fuel, resulting in the craft’s destruction. All seven astronauts perished, and the shuttle program was paused for about 32 months. Included in the crew was Christa McAuliffe, who was going to be the first teacher into space. Because of this occasion many classrooms were tuned in to watch the launch; this tragic disaster effected many, as it is believed nearly 17% of the entire nation was watching when it happened. NASA again saw this as a wake-up call to make their launch vehicles and systems more reliable and safer.


Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster

On February 1,  2003 the space shuttle Columbia was set to reenter the earth’s atmosphere. Some of the protective foam that covers the underside of the ship from heat during reentry was torn away during the launch from several days before, but the extent of the damage was unknown. As the Columbia reentered the atmosphere the area that was damaged and uncovered came apart, resulting in the craft coming apart. All seven crew members died upon reentry. Debris was found all across Texas and Louisiana; an investigation was launched and many of the pieces of debris were found and examined. The shuttle program was put on hold for nearly two years as many upgrades and safety features were added.



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Aviation and Exploration #7: Reflections of the Universe

On Tuesday night I attended the opening of the Out of this World Space Art and Astrophotography Exhibit which is in the Mitchell Memorial Library on MSU’s campus. The opening presentation was called Reflections of the Universe and was presented by space artist Edwin Faughn. Throughout this presentation we got to see some of his amazing artwork as well as some of the beautiful images he and fellow scientists had taken from various observatories.

Mr. Edwin Faughn

Some of my favorite images and paintings were renditions and shots from rovers of the planet Mars. Some of these paintings and pictures included meteor and asteroid strike zones as well as a canyon that dwarfs Earth’s Grand Canyon. One of the most interesting things that he pointed out was the fact that around large asteroid strike areas there were areas fanning out from the sites that appear to be old creek beds. Scientists believe these are caused by the frozen water beneath the surface of Mars being superheated due to the impact, which then creates short but powerful flash flooding away from the strike. Mars’ atmosphere is so thin that the water cannot exist on the surface for very long, but it does stick around enough to make impressions in the landscape that we can observe. I did not take any pictures (it was an art show) but I will provide some examples of his beautiful artwork below (these were part of his presentation).











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NASA in KSP: Mercury-Redstone 3 “Freedom 7”

*Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in a series of videos and write-ups that will use old NASA recordings and Kerbal Space Program to teach people about America’s space programs and work to inspire in people an awakened desire to explore space and push the boundaries of human knowledge and achievement.*

May 5th, 1961. Russia had already gotten a man to space, and NASA needed to act quickly in order to keep up in the Space Race. Using missile technology from the United States Air Force and a state-of-the-art capsule system NASA was able to launch Freedom 7 with Alan B. Shepard Jr. at the helm. *Freedom 7 and the other subsequent Mercury launches were all named by the astronaut; after each name they included the number 7 because they were the “original seven” astronauts.* Pre-flight checks proceed as the clock is stopped. Fuel… check. Cabin pressure… check. The clock proceeds again, and you know that every eventuality and possible issue has been worked out and compensated for. 10, 9, 8, 7, all systems go, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0. Ignition.

Shepard: “Roger, liftoff and the clock has started!”

Freedom 7 performed exactly as it had in the hundreds of tests and simulations before the launch, and carried Shepard into space, making him the first American to get into space. We hope you enjoy the video! Check out the full recording from NASA at https://archive.org/details/project_mercury_freedom_7 We thank them for making such historic materials available to the public, and we hope they find our video entertaining and educational.


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