May 7, 2004

Rocket Cam & In-Flight DSL

There was a post on in January that I missed. I came across it this evening while googling for information on in-flight DSL access, more on that in a moment.

What I came across was a post about a model rocket launched with an in-flight video camera attached. A couple of Aussies were interested in the possibility of transmitting live video and audio from a model rocket to the ground. They documented their experiences, which are pretty interesting to read. Additionally, they have a few great video samples.

Now, you know where my time goes. I was originally looking into more information on in-flight DSL services and then spent 30 minutes reading about rocket videos. So back to the DSL - A recent newsletter explained Boeing's plan to offer In-Flight DSL. In that report it quoted Forrester Research as saying "our research shows that 38% of frequent travelers are willing to pay at least $25.00 per flight for full, high-speed access to the Internet and their corporate network."

In response Boeing has unveiled the following pricing: $29.95 for long haul (more than six hours) flights, $19.95 for medium-haul (between three and six hours) flights, $14.95 for flights shorter than three hours.

I would think it would be a great idea if only I could get my laptop battery to last more than a half hour.

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May 4, 2004

F-15 Exercise Video

Check out this video of shot from the cockpit of an F-15 during a live fire exercise (MPG 60+ mb). I don't know much more about it but it is cool piece of video.

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Skies Cleared for Bush '04 Tour

The Bush/Cheney '04 tour cruised through the midwest today and affected air traffic all along the way. The FAA released Temporary Flight Restrictions in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas today. There was a 30 nautical mile restricted area for venues and a 10nm no fly bubble along the bus route.

This is a greater restriction for a Presidential bus tour than in years past. According to an AOPA representative the difference between Presidential Campaign restrictions prior to September 11, 2001 and now is as follows: "What makes this different is that whereas the old TFRs were three miles in radius, this is expected to be ten, and it's expected to extend nine times higher. That's 100 times the airspace that used to be affected." You can read more about the Presidential TFR's on AOPA's website.

Additionally, you can view the actual TFR from the FAA here.

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May 1, 2004

An Interesting Segway

I visited Sporty's Pilot Shop this afternoon to see the new 2004 Cessna's that they were displaying today. But, as a bonus I had the opportunity to ride a Segway™ Human Transporter. Sporty's sells the Segway HT for around $4000.

I had seen Segways on TV but never in person. One of my favorite shows, Arrested Development a FOX sitcom, has a character GOB that frequently rides a Segway.

I felt pretty unsteady for a few seconds after stepping onto the Segway. But, within a minute I felt very comfortable on it. The Sporty's staff let me drive it up and down the tarmac a few times even once at full speed.

I have a feeling we will be seeing more and more of these on the roads in the coming years. Thanks Sporty's for the test drive!

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April 29, 2004

In Search of the Best Pilot Message Board

I spent time last night searching the Internet for the best message boards or forums for Pilot interaction. I found there were a ton of forums and message boards but most were deserted like those on & Flying Magazine.

I think the message board on appears to be the most active and informative message board out there.

Let me know if you know of other great resources for student pilots.

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April 27, 2004 - Website goes live!

After a couple long nights of website design and development is ready for the public. I have created this website to share my experiences of learning to fly.

I hope that by sharing my experiences of learning to fly I can motivate others to make their dreams a reality too.

A special thanks to Aaron of for his assistance in getting the MovableType Engine loaded on

If you are interested in creating your own blog I suggest you check out Moveable Type. Moveable Type has been easy to use and learn.

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