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Wings and Waves Edition


<ul><li><p>TuesdayOctober 16, 2012</p><p>Volume CXXXVIssue 7</p><p>Jim answers a few questionsAvion News Editor Allie </p><p>Iacovelli and WIKD DJ Benjamin Gayer managed to interview Mr. Hot Pockets himself, Jim Gaffigan, before his comedy show on Friday.</p><p>Avion: I heard you recently had a baby.</p><p>Jim: I did. Well, not personally. I watched. Everybodys healthy, but I still have my baby weight.</p><p>A: What do you use as inspira-tion?</p><p>J: Nicorette gum. No everyday life. Maybe whatever is annoying me. Its just always an ongoing process of coming up with an idea and obsessing over it to make it funny.</p><p>A: Do you actually eat Hot Pockets?</p><p>J: I dont. I tried one once for an extra on a bonus track for a DVD. I didnt finish it, and I didnt eat the other one.</p><p>WIKD: How does a day in the life of a comedian go?</p><p> J: Well, there is no typical day. I should also mention that I have five children. I would say that, on the whole, comedians are more late- night people. </p><p>Its not because were vampires, but you have to be your sharpest between the hours of eight and midnight. </p><p>It is a relatively short workday it might only be an hour of work. </p><p>But for me, it involves a lot of travelling. Thats a big aspect of a touring comedian.</p><p>A: If there were one comedian you could pick as your favorite, who would it be?</p><p>J: Im not sure. Maybe Jonathan Winters. Do you guys even know who he is? Or maybe Mark Twain.</p><p>A: How does it feel to kick off an air show like Wings and Waves?</p><p>J: Its an honor as long as I dont have to fly a plane.</p><p>Mr. Universe is Jim Gaffigans newest 75-minute stand up special which is available on for $5.</p><p>Keep an eye out for an up-coming issue as the Avion brings you the story of a day in the life of an air show team. Piecing together the various stories and anec-dotes from the performers at this years Wings and Waves, well give you the inside scoop of their lives on the road in case you ever find yourself want-ing to go down that path.</p><p>A brief foray into aerobatic flying</p><p>In the days leading up to the Wings and Waves Air Show, members of the media and select ROTC cadets from Embry-Riddle were privileged to go up into the sky in a variety of airplanes.</p><p>Army ROTC cadet, Paul LeCompte, went up with the Canadian Snowbirds, flying the CT-114 Tutors. I was fortunate enough to go up with Lieutenant Colonel John Klatt of the Minnesota Air National Guard (ANG) in an Extra-300 unlimited category aerobatic airplane.</p><p>For those that think this is the ride of a lifetime, you might want to reconsider that notion, especially if you are susceptible to motion sickness. </p><p>The aerobatics part of the flight was essentially a rollercoaster on ridiculous </p><p>amounts of performance-enhancing sub-stances and while it is a rush of adrenaline, the adverse effects do not kick in till much later.</p><p>While a typical rollercoaster ride will thrill you to no end and leave you wanting for more, a ride that involves you pull-ing as much as 7Gs and graying out takes quite a toll on the human body, which is not designed to deal with such loads. Dave Kicklighter, one of the aircrew, assured me that I would sleep very well that night.</p><p>The seven minute aerobatic segment of the flight saw us hanging by the straps of our seats as we flew upside down for about a minute before Klatt executed a series of snap rolls, tail slides, rapid climbs and dives before an Immelmann turn.</p><p>The segment continued with a centrifuge that saw the plane maxing out its roll rate of 400 degrees per second as we made over </p><p>seven complete rolls in quick succession before concluded the day with a torque roll that saw us making a straight vertical climb while the torque of the engine rolled the aircraft before flipping head over tail and diving back down.</p><p>I made the mistake of eating almost nothing the whole morning, playing into the urban legend that if you do not eat anything, there is nothing to throw up. Kicklighter corrected that notion saying that you feel sicker if you have an empty stomach when you go flying. Having some food in you helps you cope with the queasi-ness, but it is recommended to not overeat.</p><p>For the aspiring aerobatic pilots out there, Klatt had this to offer. There are plenty of good aerobatic schools out there, so find them and get started.</p><p>Klatt started his aerobatic career 22 years ago, with his flying career starting even </p><p>earlier. He initially checked out as a C-130 Hercules pilot in the ANG, before he trans-ferred to an F-16 fighter wing. </p><p>His air show career started in 2001, and for the last seven years Klatt has been spon-sored by the ANG. He travels the country for about six months of the year, spreading the message of the ANG and wowing audi-ences everywhere. </p><p>The ANG is not part of the Air Force and is managed by the State National Guards. Service personnel in the ANG are not full time airmen and many of them have civil-ian day jobs in their hometowns but serve at the nearest air base. </p><p>However, the demands of maintaining a modern air fleet mean that many of the technical personnel work full time, while pilots and aircrew still put in as much as 100 days a year. For more information, head to</p><p>Peter TanEditor-in-Chief</p><p>SITTING IN A BEECHCRAFT Bonanza with the door removed, Avion photographer Richard Weakley captures this picturesque shot of the Extra-300 containing pilot John Klatt (behind) and Avion Staff Peter Tan (front) as they make a pass over Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.</p><p>RICHARD WEAKLEY/AVION</p></li><li><p>Page</p><p>A2 The Avion, October 16, 2012Campus</p><p>Spooky Sigma Spectacular Halloween Fashion Show</p><p>Its that time of year again! The annual Sigma Sigma Sigma Halloween Fashion show on Oct. 31, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. in the Student Center is coming up fast. Tickets will be $3 in advance and $5 at the door. There is a group rate available: buy 20 tickets, at $3 each, and get 5 tickets free. </p><p>Tickets will be sold a w e e k pr io r t o the </p><p>event. All proceeds benefit Robbie Page Memorial Foundations which provides play therapy to terminally ill children. The theme is Spooky Sigma Spectacular and everyone is encouraged to walk! There will be prizes for each of the walks: singles, couples, and group walk.</p><p> If you would like to participate in the show please email Mallory Rodriquez at with your costume plan. This is also a Bonus </p><p>Bucks event! It will be lots of fun and the </p><p>Sigmas hope to see you all </p><p>there!</p><p>Technology focus: Diesel aircraft engines</p><p>The reciprocating engines in all our beloved Cessnas, Diamonds and Pipers all burn 100 Low Lead (100LL) aviation gasoline, a fuel which is fast becoming unavailable throughout the globe due to harmful Tetra-Ethyl Lead emissions. </p><p>In fact, the FAA has plans to totally phase out 100LL gasoline in America. En-ter the Austro AE300 diesel engine, manu-factured by Austro Engine GmbH, an Aus-trian company. </p><p>The AE300 is an inline 4 cylinder, 120 displacement, liquid cooled, turbo-charged, geared, fuel injected engine de-signed to swing a constant speed propeller. What a mouthful! </p><p>It runs on clean, readily available diesel fuel, and boasts a .33 lb/hp hr fuel econo-my compared to the typical .44 consump-tion of a Lycoming or Continental engine developing similar horsepower. </p><p>Features such as fuel injection and tur-bocharging are usually reserved for higher performance engines, but the AE300 man-ages all these features with two separate and independent Electronic Engine Con-trol Systems (EECS). Electronic engine control was previously unheard of in small reciprocating engine aircraft, but the AE300 brings the benefits of electronic systems to general aviation and flight in-struction aircraft. </p><p>The EECS has a single power lever that eliminates the need for separate throttle, mixture and propeller pitch levers in the cockpit. The pilot merely sets a single lever, and the EECS determines the best throttle, mixture and propeller pitch set-tings for that desired power. </p><p>Since the parameters are all monitored and recorded over the entire life of the en-gine, troubleshooting the AE300 is a snap with a specifically developed troubleshoot-ing wizard that can be run off a laptop. </p><p>Presently, this exciting powerplant is offered on the newest Diamond Aircraft DA42 NG, and Embry-Riddle is proud to be the only maintenance school to have a diesel engine test stand in the United </p><p>States. This Austro Engine AE300 diesel engine </p><p>test stand was made possible by almost a quarter million in equipment donation from MT Props, Austro Engine and Dia-mond Aircraft. </p><p>Since the projects inception in Oct </p><p>2011, about 400 man hours of engineer-ing, fabrication, painting and testing by AMS Professors Jay Lacy, Marshall Tet-terton, Travis Billette and Richard Beck-with, and also student assistants Cole Muehlfelder, Cody Hopp, Chen Yifan and Christopher Piccone have brought </p><p>the project to completion. ERAU Avia-tion Maintenance Science students will have the unique opportunity to become familiar with diesel engine operations and troubleshooting in AMS271 Aircraft Reciprocating Powerplants and AMS376 Powerplant Line Maintenance.</p><p>ChanCellor heist and President Johnson unveil the AE300 Test stand with Christian Dries and Bernard Gruber of Diamond Aircraft, Peter Lietz of Austro Engine and Juergen Zahner and Sarah Denton of MT propellers in an event on Friday evening, Oct. 12.</p><p>PHOTO COURTESY REGINALD MITTELDORF</p><p>Abby Diekmannsigma sigma sigma</p><p>Reginald MitteldorfGuest reporter</p><p>Photos FroM last Years Halloween fashion show show a wide variety of couture, costumes, and very long legs, giving and indicator of what can be expected from this years show.</p><p>ALL PHOTOS COURTESY HANNAH BROWN</p></li><li><p>Page</p><p>A3The Avion, October 16, 2012 Campus</p><p>On Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 at 8:35 p.m. ET, the unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket left Earth, en route to the International Space Station. This is the first commercial-ized cargo flight to the ISS in history. Its half-ton payload, designated Dragon, included lab materials, cloth-ing, food, and Bluebonnet chocolate/vanilla swirl ice cream!</p><p>The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket is propelled by 1.32 million pounds of thrust, fueled by liquid oxygen and rocket grade kerosene (RP-1). Standing at a towering 227 feet, the Falcon 9 seems surprisingly short from afar. Make no mistake though. This ve-hicle means busi-ness.</p><p>Minutes into the flight, Falcon 9 lost its #9 engine in an apparent explosion or flame out. However, there is safety in redundancy. Falcon 9 finished out the first stage of flight on its 8 remain-ing engines without incident. Despite the unlucky event, the rocket entered a picture perfect orbit, according to wSpaceX Presi-</p><p>dent Gwynne Shotwell.Dragon successfully berthed with the </p><p>Station at 9:03 a.m. ET on Oct. 10. With Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide at the controls, the ISS tamed the dragon, said NASAs Sunita Williams, commander of the current ISS mission.</p><p>Dragon will remain in orbit through Oct. 28. At that point, the capsule will return to </p><p>Earth with used station hardware and scientific samples. </p><p>The estimated return weight is over a ton. Recovery operations will commence the same day.</p><p>Congressio-nal budget cuts have led to government con t r ac t s , awarded to the lowest b i d d e r s . N A S A has part-n e r e d with a n u m b e r </p><p>of different companies, in </p><p>an effort to priva-tize space. SpaceX </p><p>was awarded a 1.6 billion dollar contract for 12 commercial resupply mis-sions to the ISS.</p><p>With the first mission already underway, the future of SpaceX is bright indeed.</p><p>SpaceX: First commercial cargo flight to the ISS</p><p>Andy Lichtensteinstaff reporter</p><p>Aircraft Name</p><p>Year Introduced</p><p>Manufacturer</p><p>Max Speed</p><p>Gross Weight</p><p>Service Ceiling</p><p>Fuel Capacity</p><p>Go to to vote. Polls close 5 pm Friday.</p><p>Other Facts</p><p>No winner! It was a tie!</p><p>Cirrus SR22 Cessna 310</p><p>2001</p><p>Cirrus Aircraft</p><p>219 knots</p><p>3,400 lbs (1,542 kg)</p><p>17,500 ft</p><p>92 gallons</p><p>Has a parachute</p><p>1954</p><p>Cessna</p><p>191 knots4,600 lbs (2,087 kg)</p><p>180 gallon</p><p>20,000 ft</p><p>6,321 produced</p><p>dsfsdkjfhsjkd</p><p>ANDY LICHTENSTEIN/AVION</p></li><li><p>Page</p><p>A4 The Avion, October 16, 2012Student Life</p><p>The second round of internships at the Larsen Motorsports Research &amp; Development Center has come to an end. Fifteen weeks of hard work in a profes-sional race team atmosphere resulted in a grand slam according to Chris Larsen co-owner of Larsen Motorsports.</p><p>Safety interns had to create a fully func-tional Safety Program that was realistic and user-friendly. Engineers and techni-cians worked together with fabricators and </p><p>spent their share of time at race tracks, trade shows and completing day to day operations whether its changing after-burners or emptying trash cans. All of this was supported by business interns promot-ing and managing the team.</p><p>The first few rounds of internships were critical. Chris Larsen said, I told the students from the beginning that they were the ones that would set the pace for all of the others that followed. They liter-ally created training programs, checklists, and systems that we will use for years to come. It is important to have the students </p><p>be involved with all of these processes so that we could see what was required to get them quickly up to speed through their eyes, not ours.</p><p>I guess the person that learned the most though was me, said Chris Larsen. It was interesting to try to keep up with around fifteen students that were always ready for next thing. A lot of times I found myself wishing I could give more attention to students working on a project, but towards the end natural leaders took over and completed tasks really well. I would love to get another round of interns to fill lead </p><p>positions in a management project.Larsen Motorsports is heading to Orlando </p><p>for their next race in November. You can follow the Larsen Motorsports Teams and their latest videos at</p><p>Larsen Motorsports is a multi-team national professional racing organization specializing in turbine-powered high-per-formance vehicles based at the Embry-Riddle Research and Technology Park in Daytona Beach, FL. Specialized appoint-ments or tour arrangements for large groups can be coordinated by contacting the facility at</p><p>Larsen says interns are a grand slamChirs Larsen</p><p>Co-Owner, Larsen Motorsports</p><p>THE INTERNS AT LARSEN Motorsports R&amp;D Center recieved high marks from the administration. 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