Sunday, January 31, 2010

Safari news

Friend-of-the-club Roy B is back in Bloemfontein. He reports that the season is winding down and the foreigners are packing up to go home. He sends this picture as an illustration of how tough the conditions are getting. His email address is in his blog, in case you want to send him a note of sympathy.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Technology transfer

Did you know that our seemingly frivolous avocation has spun off some fantastic commercial applications?

First, there was the Gravity Plane, a concept so obvious, I'm surprised it took this long to make it to the almost-practical stage. The video tells the whole story.

Now, we have the Air Trailer, a brilliant application of one of the most straightforward and easy phases of flight, the aerotow. Their website needs work, but the video is just as convincing as the one on the Gravity Plane.

Both projects probably need investors. I hope I'm not too late.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

We're still dining

The PMSC breakfast season is underway. The first breakfast, at EBA's, was well attended. The second one less so, probably because there wasn't a maintenance project going on at the time.

The PMSC Calendar of Events, accessible from our web site, includes the breakfast schedule. You can also print out a version that will fit on your refrigerator door.

Boredom Fighter

OK, it's winter, and you need something to do. Today's trivia challenge is to identify both aircraft in this photograph, and the location where it was taken. A fabulous prize awaits you.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

World Sailplane Grand Prix

Today was the first contest day of the World Sailplane Grand Prix, an event that is held every two years. The Grand Prix format is intended to bring spectator appeal to our sport. We wish them luck with that.

The contest is in Chile, and you can watch it live on the internet. The races start at about 1300 EST. The last day of the contest is January 9. One of the contestants is blogging.