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21st Century Wright Brothers are breaking new ground

The era of the personal flying machine is not here yet, but it seems a lot closer now that three guys from evolo have shown us how it can be done.They have scaled up the ubiquitous multicopter into an experimental manned flying platform. One can almost imagine the thrill of flying a domesticated version of this beast. It would be like having an airborne ATV.

Originally posted on SUAS News which has lots of news about Small Unmanned Aerial Systems.

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German multicopter makes first manned flight.

1 November 2011

By of SUAS News

It had to happen, and it was almost certainly going to be in Germany. Congratulations have to goto the team at e-volo they have possibly created a new manned flight platform, the first for many years.

The platform of choice for many sUAS operators, the multicopter has been super sized to such an extent that manned flight is now possible.

 

In their own words the team from e-volo have the following to say.

Simple flight for the average person would be a dream come to reality for us. In the next few years we would like to make more of these simple to fly devices available at an affordable price. The flyability of this device, the simple and straight forward piloting making the possibility of flight available to the average person is a goal that we strive towards.

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Faraway Places…

I am working almost 12 hours a day right now, so I am reposting an essay from simpler times when I had more time to write.

David-Gretchen-92100When I look back at the beautiful places I have been privileged to visit, I realize that my memories of these trips have been distilled over time to a few bright images, not all of which have been caught with a camera. Click on image to enlarge

I treasure the moments of breathtaking beauty from our visits to
Kauai, Maui, Oahu, and Hawaii which were enhanced by the
warm welcome we received from tourist-savvy natives.

Sometimes the single lasting memory is of a happy moment spent with a loved one. Some of these moments were captured by helpful passing strangers, like this shot of Gretchen and me on a beautiful and isolated north coast road on the Island of Maui.

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The glass is neither half-empty nor half-full

The obvious usefulness of the half-empty/half-full metaphor obscures the deeper truth that lies behind it. We are able to judge someone’s ability to contribute to a project, a business, or our lives by simply observing whether they consider situations as … Continue reading

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Growing wiser instead of just growing older

LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE As we age, we have experiences that range from incredibly good to disastrous. If we survive these experiences, we have a chance to learn from them and go on to further adventures. If we get stuck in … Continue reading

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