Delivering a talk as guest lecturer in Aeronautics at Ryerson University, Toronto.
Every time I step on a stage, I feel like beside the company I work for, I also represent my country Greece, my hometown Agrinio, my friends and my family… and that drives me more!
Quick trip to Orlando for the evaluation of a helicopter simulator. Multiple interesting features but lack of modularity for the purpose of the evaluation. Promising though.
Presenting on Guidelines for RCS Testing of Modern Stealth Aircraft during the 7th Annual Flight Test Seminar and Graduation event of International Test Pilots School. In the attached photos with ITPS President Giorgio Clementi, SFTE President James Sergeant and F-35 Test Pilot Billy Flynn.
Me on a familiar stage
With Giorgio Clementi, ITPS President and my flight test mentor
With James Sergeant, SFTE President and good friend (Who looks like the President? :-)
With Billie Flynn, world known F-35 Test Pilot
As part of an ITPS module on Stealth, I reproduced a Naval Postgraduate School exercise calculating analytically the RCS of the fictitious Mig-31 Firefox. To be more accurate, the RCS is approximated by modelling various aircraft components with simpler shapes which RCS can be analytically calculated.
However, I find that the modelling described in the original document is way over simplifying and highly overestimating the expected Mig-31 RCS. Some modifications were made, especially in the modelling of the engine inlets and exhausts to give more realistic values. Still, the exercise’s purpose is more to introduce students to some of the RCS concepts, rather than an realistic estimation. Followig the RCS peaks plot at 0 deg elevation angle.
Today I performed a basic evaluation of a Glass Upgrade for DG/HSI and Attitude Instruments on a Cessna 172. It is not a fast jet, but I much enjoyed the process. In the end of the day I feel that what matters most is not “what” you are flying, but “why” you are flying, and for me flying for science and engineering sits in the top of the “flying purpose” list, being surpassed only by flying for the purpose of saving human lives and defending one’s homeland. Cheers