UPDATE #63 - May 7, 1999
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 turbines. Read Brent Nowlin's profile prior to joining this chat at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/nowlin.html 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. http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/wright/team/corwin.html
Right Flying Colaborative Projects Several classes have shared their glider flight test results which are Online at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/events/collaborative/gliders/index.html Look for their final results which are beginning to appear at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/events/collaborative/final/ ! - - - - - - - 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. - - - - - - - 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. - - - - - - - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
[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 air.
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