In the process of upgrading a telemetry room… Having done the initial setup, the MATLAB real-time plotting codes are removed and replaced by a dedicated real-time display and analysis package used by the major aircraft manufacturers and the biggest training establishments. For the time being data servers, clients and operator consoles are being connected to the F16 simulator and hopefully to some manned and unmanned aircraft in the near future.
Two busy weeks on aircraft performance, lecturing on Gas Properties, Standard Atmosphere, Air Data, Pressure Error Corrections, Stalls, Take-off and Landing performance, Cruise performance, Climb performance, Maneuverability and Excess Power were completed successfully. Hard work for the students and the instructors as well.
Flights demonstrating PEC FTT have started with tower fly by’s. Jets are expected to kick-in in a month’s time.
The Graduation at a TPS is always a very special event. Either military or civilian TPS a formal graduation dinner takes place, where the whole course reaches an end with students being awarded their certificates, all instructors being present and a distinguished guest speaker who gives a short speech on an flight test or aviation related subject.
So, some weeks ago we had two new ITPS graduates while myself standing this time in the instructors line-up (the most honorable line-up I have ever been part of). TPS Graduation is always a case of mixed feelings where joy and satisfaction of completing the course meet with a bitter taste that it is over… Best of luck to the new graduates.
Attended some presentations today at University of Waterloo invited by fellow ITPS instructor and former Canadian astronaut Bjarni Trygvasson.
The first one was a side presentation on a magnetic levitation platform used as isolation mount in space systems looking for 6-DOF control. I had seen this platform back in September, witnessing the tremendous power of its magnets…
The second and main presentation dealt with the progress of a student capstone project designing an aerobatic airplane. All particular aircraft design challenges were tackled by the students, from fuselage design and anthropometrics, to airfoil selection and structural simulations. The airplane they are looking to design is very similar to a two-seat version of the Edge aircraft seen below.
Beside the presentations I had the chance to meet some professors. In the end of the day, it seems that profs all over the world face exactly the same problems with students and projects…
More than 4 hours of flying today to complete the amount of hours needed to keep my licence valid before leaving Greece. Great flights with friends and with my former instructor.
Among other things, we tried several short field take-offs on a grass runway at Kopaida. The principle of the grass short field take-offs is to keep the nose gear light during acceleration and then ease back and fly in the ground effect in a shallow climb. You can actually feel the ground effect!
Kopaida is a small flying paradise; a quite place where you can meet some old fashioned aviation enthusiasts, away from the city noise. We didn’t have much time to spare there, but it was awesome!
On our way back, we flew 5,000ft above Thiva admiring a great view.