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UPDATE #63 - May 7, 1999

PART 1: Upcoming Chat
PART 2: Project News
PART 3: The FAA Welcomes the Wright Flyer
PART 4: Subscribing & Unsubscribing: How to do it


QuestChats require pre-registration. Unless otherwise noted, registration
is at:  http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/chats/#chatting

Wednesday, May 12, 1999, 10 AM Pacific Daylight Time:
Brent Nowlin, electrical operations engineer

Brent works in a facility that tests the performance of
medium- and large-scale gas turbines (like those used on commercial
airliners). Brent is responsible for ensuring that instruments and control
systems work properly in the turbine facility. He leads a team that is
responsible for overseeing and conducting research testing on the
facility. The goal of the testing is to increase the efficiency of the
Read Brent Nowlin's profile prior to joining this chat at

Wednesday, May 19, 1999, 11:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time:
Anne Corwin, engineering assistant

In addition to being an intern and a full-time student, Anne assists the
staff of the 40x80- and 80x120-foot wind tunnels with anything they need
help with. Since July, Anne has been working on a large-scale software
development project. She is constructing a program in that will allow
customers and users of the wind tunnels to set up and plan out their tests
in an entirely electronic format.
Read Anne Corwin's profile and field journals prior to joining this chat.


Right Flying Colaborative Projects

Several classes have shared their glider flight test results which are
Online at

Look for their final results which are beginning to appear at

http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/events/collaborative/final/  !

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Right Flyer Gliders Test the US Air Force Academy Aeronautics Lab

Having worked for months to develop the best gliders, classes will be able
to watch them being tested in the Aeronautics Lab's wind tunnel!
The tests will be video taped and webcast on the Aerospace Team Website.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in a QuestChat about
the tests following the webcast. Stay tuned for details!
Thanks to Right Flying Moderator Richard Yanni for making this possible.

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Thanks to all the Aerospace Team Online Customers who took the time to
complete the survey! We appreciate all of your input. It's great to hear
what we are doing well and also to gather your ideas on how we can
improve. We will try to respond to your suggestions.

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Summer slow down

It seems to happen every year. The attendance at QuestChats drops off
dramatically toward the end of the typical school year.

We will be following some exciting summer tests here at ADTO.
One is the final test of one of the High Speed Civil Transport models in
the 12' pressure wind tunnel. The other is a de-icing test on a model of a
business jet.

We hope to reach a happy compromise by holding two or three chats a month
and sending out biweekly email updates. As always your feedback on how we
can best meet your needs is welcome. Feel free to send that feedback to

[Editor's Note: Marilyn Ramsey is a member of the Los Angeles Section of the AIAA. She also works at the Federal Aviation Administration.
Read her bio at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/wright/team/ramsey.html ]

The FAA welcomes the Wright Flyer

by Marilyn Ramsey

April 26, 1999

Just wanted you all to know that the Wright Flyer was safely
moved from NASA Ames to it's new home at the Federal
Aviation Administration (South of LA International Airport).
Lenny was able to get EVERYTHING in the Red Ball truck!

We unloaded on Saturday, April 24, 1999 after a sizeable
opening was made in the side of the FAA glass building! The
airplane was brought in and everything done but the lift.

On Monday, April 26, 1999 the riggers returned, and the 1903
Wright Flyer was lifted in front of an audience of amazed
FAA employees! (an announcement was made that the lift was
about to begin). Once that was secured, they turned to the Pan
Am "China Clipper". Then it was time for the National
Aerospace Plane or NASP to assume a flight mode. At 4:45
pm, the riggers completed their tasks and departed.
Tomorrow, a person will return to finish up the final touches
on the ceiling tiles.

Tuesday, April 27, 1999 we will be on the FRONT PAGE of
the Daily Breeze. Their photographer was in all day taking
photos. The reporter came over to "do a job", but got so
excited at what was happening, she was still checking some
facts at about 5:30 pm over the phone. She said she planned to
stay late, as she was excited about what we are doing, and
wanted to get it "Wright". Also, she said that the photos taken
by their photographer turned out really great!

I just noticed something really interesting on the plane where
we put tufts on the underside of the lower wing. The tufts had
blown in different directions depending on what was going on,
and I notice today that the bottom of the plane looked a little
dusty. Then I saw it..... Perfect little clean circles in the dust
on the fabric from each tuft, where it had reacted to tunnel


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