The Boomerang could be the safest twin ever built.

by dwaymire on September 15, 2012

Great article on Burt Rutan’s Bommerang Airplane. Burt Rutan’s Favorite Ride

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Rich guys and space

by dwaymire on April 22, 2012

Interesting article about Planetary Resources an how they want to mine an asteroid.I like how they say they could add trillions to the GDP.

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Private Pilot Training Requirements

by dwaymire on March 6, 2010

Have you ever wanted to become a licensed pilot so that you can fly airplanes and travel to cool places? It’s much easier than you think. There are a few little things you need to know before you go to your local flight school and hop into the cockpit. The FAA(Federal Aviation Administration) is the governing authority for aviation. The rules and regulations are determined by the FAA. This include the training, knowledge and physical requirements for a person to become a licensed pilot. Outlined here are the basic requirements for you to begin flight training.

Age Requirements
There is no minimum age at which you can begin taking flying lessons. Kids as young as 10 or 12 years old have done this. Some even younger! You must be 16 years old to be able to fly solo. At some point in your flight training, your instructor is going to sign you off to allow you to fly the aircraft with no one else in the plane, not even the instructor. You of course will not be able to carry passengers quite yet. You will also have limited rights such being restricted to the airport where the flight school is located, or a limited set of airport that you might be familiar with. To become a fully licensed private pilot, you must be 17 years of age.

Language Skills
To train for your pilot’s license in the United States, you are required to read, speak and write in English fluently. The flight manuals, aircraft instrumentation and sectionals(maps) are all in English. All communication over the radio is in English. The tests will be administered in English.

Medical Exam
To hold a private pilot license you must pass a medical exam from a doctor that is approved by the FAA. You will be required to have this exam completed no later than your second or third flight lesson. If you think you might have medical concerns, you can opt to get your license in the Sport Pilot rating. This does not require an exam, but you will be more restricted the types of planes you can fly as well as other restrictions. It is also important to know that if you fail a medical exam, you cannot automatically become a sport pilot. Any concern over failing an exam needs to be addressed as you will be grounded from flying.

Funding the Training
Getting a pilot’s license can be an expensive endeavor. Renting an aircraft will cost at least $100 per hour of flight time. Flight instructors are usually paid $40 per hour for instruction. Plus there are additional costs of books, a headset, sectionals, a flight bag, and any other flight or faa test prep material you might need. If you take 60 hours of flight time, and have an instructor with you for 30 of those, you are looking at Well over $7000 just for the plane and the instructor.

Finding the Time
Taking the jump to getting your pilot’s license will be a time consuming venture. You will spend many more hours on the ground learning about flying than you will in the air. The written FAA test exam is lengthy and detailed. Understanding aviation theory, the rules and regs, and flight planning will take lots of time too.

Once you complete your flight training and become the newest private pilot, you will feel a great sense of accomplishment. The skies will be open for your enjoyment!

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5 most important unmanned spacecraft

by dwaymire on March 6, 2010

Rovers – The 3 unmanned rovers on Mars have made great contributions to us understanding the red planet.
Viking – First American explorers to Mars
Hubble – Probably the greatest scientific instrument ever built.
Vanguard I – The oldest man made object still in space.
Sputnik – The very first man made object to orbit the Earth.

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Marketing

by dwaymire on February 24, 2010

I am always trying to scheme up ways to make money. Marketing, as a vehicle toward making a buck, has always fascinated me. Isn’t it amazing how marketing works? I’m not just talking the basics, but the really subliminal stuff. Our society is now driven by consumerism. This is a far different lifestyle than what was the drive 500 years ago. Back then, it was just about survival. Today, we want things that we really don’t need. I remember reading in one of Plato’s diaglogues, there was a man describing Socrates. It mentioned this old over-coat that Socrates had worn for years. I have a coat that’s been around for about 4 years, but that’s it. People don’t hang onto something for so much functionality as they do for aesthetics. We always have to have a newer car, clothes that are in fashion, more expensive watches, more elaborate vacations. This is where modern marketing, it has driven the people to be consumers. This is what fascinates me. Vinyl records worked just fine, why do I need an MP3 player? It’s more portable. But I didn’t ever want to listen to music while I went for a walk. But that’s because you couldn’t, now you can. Oh yeah, let me upgrade, and spend.

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How to Inspire Kids

by dwaymire on February 24, 2010

Having been involved in the sport of sabre fencing for about a year now, I can share some interesting experiences. Many of these experiences involve discipline, technique, interactions with varieties of people. However, none of these matter if there is no one involved in the sport.

Fencing is an odd sport. Many kids are familiar with soccer, baseball, football, basketball. How many people have actually seen a fencing tournament? With that disconnect from mainstream, fencing has a long hard road to gaining new kids in the sport.

Many kids see basketball or football on TV and want to play. Many kids have friends playing soccer and want to play with them. With fencing being a small sport, you don’t find this common familiarity.

My daughter has played many seasons of soccer. With each season, winning or losing, she gets a trophy. All she had to do was show up.

When a kid goes to a fencing tournament, if they are under a certain age, they should be given a reward for simply showing up. Kids love that. They will go out and try their best just to get a ribbon. When a kid wins a fencing tournament, he should get something more than a paper that was just printed on a inkjet printer saying congratulations. What does that do for anyone.

So now I present you with two photos. One where 4 very brave and dedicated kids showed up to compete. One walked away a winner and was given a certificate. The others were just given a pat on the back.

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The beat attack

by dwaymire on February 24, 2010

Understanding the beat attack versus the parry-repost is important.

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Mobile Launch Platform

by dwaymire on February 24, 2010

Ocean Odyssey

Cool Video of  it

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5 skills you need to make passive income online

by dwaymire on February 24, 2010

1. Technical Skils – PHP, FTP, HTML
2. Trends on the internet – Social Media, SEO.
3. Writing Skills – You need to be able to write
4. Money
5. Patience -

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Publishing Unfinished Crap

by dwaymire on February 24, 2010

I have so many posts in draft state, I decided to just go ahead and publish them no matter how complete they are. Enjoy! LMAO

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