Friday, October 5, 2018

Flight: The ultimate hobby

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A lot of people, especially those who don’t have a pilot’s license, see flying as a job. Except for the occasional recreational flyer, the masses see flying as work. However, an overwhelming majority of pilots will have to disagree.


Flying is more like a vocation, something someone is called to do, a passion. In that sense, one can view flying as the ultimate hobby. It’s fun, fulfilling, but takes a lot of time and hard work.


Recreational flyers, of course, can afford to pay to fly. And for them, flying really is a hobby. Love for the adventure of flight then sustains commercial airline pilots who have to endure several hours of flight while getting only a few hours of rest.

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Flight allows pilots to physically reach more places in their lifetime compared unlike most of the rest of the people in the world. To be able to do this requires years of training, since many pilots have the responsibility of not only getting themselves, but hundreds of others as well, to their destination safely.


And while being a pilot is a financially rewarding job, for the true aviator, this is only secondary. Remember that old adage that says if you love what you’re doing, you’ll never have to work a day in your life? That’s flying. That’s the ultimate hobby, right there.


Aviation and aerospace professional Scott Beale was responsible for expanding FlightWorks from a $1.5 million-dollar business when he purchased it in 2000 to a $90 million enterprise when he sold the business in 2010. For more info on Scott’s work and career, visit this page.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Peculiar Rules Of Air Travel Routes

Everyday wisdom suggests that the fastest way to a destination is a straight line, and so it usually is with land transportation, with roads and railways cutting a route as straight as possible between two points. Comparing the flight paths taken by aircraft to that of maps, however, would reveal that airplanes do not fly in straight lines. In many cases, air travel takes on a semicircular appearance or even immensely confusing paths across the globe to reach their destination.

The most obvious of the reasons behind the peculiar direction of flight paths is the shape of the Earth itself. The Earth is round, and the shortest way to two destinations across the planet is not a straight line but an arc.


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Air currents and other atmospheric conditions are also a critical factor in planning the flight paths of aircraft. Specific air currents like the Gulf Stream can aid aircraft across vast distances, reducing travel time by a considerable margin. Even individual variations of wind patterns can make certain international flight routes financially preferable.

The limitations of aircraft have also affected flight paths in the past. Transatlantic flights from North America frequently used to stop over Shannon, Ireland, on their way to continental Europe for refueling purposes.



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The politics of flight are also a crucial factor in determining the flight paths of international air travel. Major airlines pay an immense amount of money to sovereign nations to pass through their airspace en route to their destination, with some nations charging heftier fees than others. Air routes are often planned along minimizing and avoiding these fees, which can considerably add up, leading to unusual flight paths. In the past, no fly zones—such as those in the former Soviet Union—have created unusually long international flights.

Scott Beale is a seasoned entrepreneur and business developer with over 20 years of experience in the aviation industry. Learn more about the fine points of the industry of air travel from this blog.




Fun Ways To Make Learning Math Interesting For Students

Almost every student has problems with mathematics at one point in their academic lives. Numbers, formulas, and equations aren’t the most dynamic topics in the world. That’s why math teachers have to be vigilant in making sure their students understand these concepts besides them asking their class if they understand the lessons. Here are some fun ways on how to make mathematics interesting for students.

Use real-world examples: If you can’t think of any way your students can use what you’re teaching in the real world, then they wouldn’t too. Real world applications are probably one of the most difficult aspects to zero in on when teaching mathematics but are highly effective.

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Create learning stations: Math can be difficult to understand for individual students. This is why some educators form learning stations inside the classroom. Learning stations are made by forming or assigning a group of students in class a special delegation, each doing something different from the rest. Learning stations can focus on reviewing skills, proper usage of math apps, drill practice, and even games.

Modifying classroom response system: Asking students to raise their hand if they don’t understand the equation can lead to them not raising their hand at all. By changing the dynamics of classroom response systems, teachers can get a more authentic feel for the mood of the class. You may want to replace raising hands to using clickers for a more discreet response.

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As an educator, the goal of Adam M. Smith is to make sure that every student leaves the classroom with enough understanding of the subject matter to have an informed discussion about current social/political/economical issues around the dinner table. For more insightful reads on education, visit this page.



Saturday, August 4, 2018

What It Takes To Be An Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, And Reconnaissance (Isr) Operator

An ISR operator plays a crucial role in both the planning and execution of a country’s air force missions. They oversee the collecting and collating of information on the enemy’s activity, movements, and strength.

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ISR operators deliver this confidential and top-secret intelligence to the higher-ups in the command using various classified equipment and intel-gathering techniques. They are veritable specialists that require rigorous training to ensure that the air force is always ahead of the enemies’ own intel and that future missions are guaranteed success.

For one to be qualified to apply for an ISR operation position, they must have graduated from high school and attained at least 15 college credits in the GED. The applicant must likewise display extensive knowledge of aircraft equipment and procedures. They should be eligible for deployment and mobilization anywhere in the world and must complete various tests including a polygraph and Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).

The ISR operator candidate should be between the ages of 17 and 39 and must be at least 64 inches (5’3”) in height and no taller than 77 inches or 6-foot-4. Also, they must have no history of any temporomandibular joint pain or disorder. When the applicant is deemed qualified, he or she must complete 7.5 weeks of both basic military training and Airmen’s Week.

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Aviation and aerospace professional Scott Beale was responsible for expanding FlightWorks from a $1.5 million-dollar business when he purchased it in 2000 to a $90 million enterprise when he sold the business in 2010. For more info on Scott’s work and career, visit this page.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Weather Apps Every Pilot Should Find Very Useful

There is a slew of weather apps currently available to the public via smartphones, laptops, and PCs. These are incredibly helpful in knowing what to wear and what to bring when stepping out. But where these apps really shine is in the aviation industry.

Weather apps help airport tower personnel and pilots determine visibility, chances of turbulence, thunderstorms, etc. It is imperative that pilots have some of these installed and check them regularly before the flight. Below are three of the best ones out there, both those free to use and those that come with a price.

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MyRadar: This is free and easy to use app that features a high-quality looping radar bundled with an AIRMETS and TFR overlay. Of course, the data the app provides is taken from National Weather Service.

CloudTopper: Though strictly not a weather app, CloudTopper is incredibly helpful to IFR and VFR pilots for estimating distance to cloud formations and the feet needed to go over them. You can use your iPhone’s camera with the clouds, and the app will tell you their exact level. This app costs a measly $0.99.


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METARs Aviation Weather: Never mind the $6.99 price; this is a fast and efficient app for checking weather conditions as well as tracking airports via color-coded icons. The app has tons of features, including customizable notifications for VFR/MVFR/IFR/LIFR. It likewise translates aviation jargons to layman’s English for easier comprehension.

Scott Beale has been working in the aviation industry for more than 20 years, successfully growing businesses that he acquired and founded. He has led various aviation firms to attain growth in revenues. More on Scott’s work here.




Sunday, June 3, 2018

America’s Best Fighter Aircraft

America is the most powerful country in terms of military strength. And when it comes to defense aviation, the U.S. is king when it comes to air-to-air or air-to-ground combat. Here are a few of America’s best fighter aircraft today.

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The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is currently the best fighter jet in production in the entire world. It’s a single-seat jet with twin engines and is 5th generation supersonic supermaneuverable craft designed for air-to-air and air-to-ground combat. It is the product of two of the most reputable defense contractors in the U.S., namely Lockheed Martin and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. One of the aircraft’s biggest strength is its stealth capability as it remains undetectable in most radars.  
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is similar to the F-22 but has a smaller build. With just a single engine, it is designed for ground attacks, reconnaissance, and air defense missions. It also has excellent stealth capabilities. The F-35 has three variants that differ in how they take-off and land. The F-35A has standard take-off and landing procedures, the F-35B has a short take-off and can land vertically, and the F-35C is carrier-based. 

Lastly, the F-15 Strike Eagle is a classic yet powerful jet in America’s arsenal. Developed in the ‘80s, this was an all-weather multi-role fighter and was deployed in military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.

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Scott Beale is an aerospace defense expert who helped pilot successful business turnarounds of a number of aviation companies. For more articles like this, visit this link.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Aerodynamics 101: How does an airplane fly?

Many things in the world are hard to explain. How a metal aircraft weighing over 500 tons can fly in the air is one of them. It may seem outlandish for some people, but don’t worry. The physics are solid, and the explanation is quite simple. 

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The most crucial part of getting a plane off the runway is getting molecules to push the undersides of the plane up than the upper sides. When the undersides of a wing crash more violently with molecules, it generates lift. 

If an airplane is parked on the ground, the molecules around its wings bounce off with the same force above and below the wing. But as the plane takes off, the wings’ curvature and its angle create more friction between molecules and the underside of the wing and less for the upper side of the wing. This increases the upward force on the bottom side of the wing which generates lift. 

That covers how planes get off the runway. But how do they stay in the air? Airplanes can easily do this because there is no net force on them. Newton’s law states that a body at rest stays at rest and a body in motion remains in motion. Even if a plane is flying 15,000 kilometers above the earth, the laws of physics are still followed. 

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Skilled in commercial sales and aviation products marketing, government contracting, and startups, Scott Beale has piloted successful business turnarounds in the aviation industry for more than 20 years. For more on Scott and his professional endeavors, click here.