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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Eric Demaray's Celebration of life

Picture from today's missing man formation for Eric Demaray celebration of life. It was an honor for me to be in it with such a wonderful group.

Have a video and other picture soon.

Monday, September 17, 2018

More Info - Eric Demaray Gathering

Today, 1:23 PM

Eric Demaray - Info from Linda

Eric Demaray passed away last night at the age of 46 from Cancer. We are planning a party in his honor here at Whiteplains plantation. Eric did not want a funeral but a party after he died. Susan Ramsey asked to plan the party. We would love to invite you all this Saturday to celebrate Eric and his life. We are having it this Saturday while his family is here. We will be sending out more information later in the week.

Posted 9-17-2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Brain Waves Control Drones, With DARPA Tech

 Science fiction??? Read and find out. 

MARY GRADY         



A person with a microchip implant can now pilot a swarm of drones by sending signals directly from their brain, an ability that also should work for full-scale aircraft, according to researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The technology was discussed at a recent symposium held by DARPA, in Maryland. “The signals from those aircraft can be delivered directly back to the brain so that the brain of that user [or pilot] can also perceive the environment,” said Justin Sanchez, director of DARPA’s biological technology office.
DARPA officials at the symposium also said they have advanced the technology so a user now can steer multiple jets at once, according to a report from Working with a paralyzed volunteer, the researchers were able to not only send but also receive signals from the aircraft. “It’s taken a number of years to try and figure this out,” Sanchez said. The work builds on research from 2015, when a paralyzed woman was able to steer a virtual F-35 Joint Strike Fighter by sending signals from her brain using only a small, surgically-implanted microchip.

Wenesday Whitesplains Pilots Lunch - Arby's

New Arby's by Lowe's Foods was the location of this weeks Whiteplains Pilots Luncheon.

Special thanks to Tony Scribner for the free sandwich coupon.

Photo by: Don Cook 9-12-2018

Aireon Casts A Net - Emergancy Locaters in planes replacement?

We all may still be waiting for our flying cars and jetpacks, but there’s no question the future has arrived, in ways more subtle but irrefutable. There was the live video of two SpaceX rockets landing on their tails in Florida earlier this year. There’s the imminent first flight of the giant Stratolaunch space plane. And now there’s Aireon, a network of satellites that will make it possible for any aircraft equipped with ADS-B to be tracked anywhere on the planet. No need to send out search planes—a technician at a screen will pinpoint the site of the downed aircraft, and relay the coordinates to rescue teams within minutes.
The project was inspired, at least in part, by the loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, which went missing in 2014. Today, flights across the oceans or in polar regions lose touch with tracking systems, and ATC relies on pilot reports, and flight plans filed in advance, to estimate their position. When MH370 went silent, searchers had limited resources to work with, and 239 souls on board remain lost.
Wikipedia lists 43 flights that have gone missing since 1970, including balloons attempting to cross the Atlantic, DC-3s, private jets and cargo planes. A Piper Warrior vanished somewhere in British Columbia in 2017. That loss is a reminder that even here in the Western world, there are big blank spaces on the map where humans seldom tread.
One of the more famous GA losses in recent years was the disappearance in 2007 of Steve Fossett, the multiple-record-holding pilot who took off from Nevada on a solo pleasure flight in a Super Decathlon and never returned. Despite an online search by hundreds of volunteers who scrutinized Google Earth images for signs of the airplane, it was found by chance in 2008 when a hiker happened upon the site.
Presumably, once Aireon goes online next year, this kind of mystery will be a thing of the past. In another 10 or 20 years, the idea of a lost airplane will be as foreign as the rotary-dial phone or rabbit-ear TV antennas. But seldom does something good occur without a flip side. In this case, we lose a little of the awe and dread of living on Earth, the sense that there are places on the planet, wide and empty, that remain unknown and unknowable. It’s a small price to pay for saved lives, but it’s a price worth noting.