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August 2017 Editor’s Letter
What’s up 145 Readers?! I hope everyone has had an awesome summer, because sadly, it’s coming to an end! Maybe not a big deal for some of you, but for us out here in Utah, it means cold weather is on the way. However, we do get a pretty amazing fall, so that’s something to look forward to. There’s something else that everyone can look forward to and that would be 145 Magazine releasing an issue every month instead of every other! This is our first back to back issue and it’s just the beginning of great things to read each month. We’ve got some real treats in this issue. From Dobermans to flying cars angling tournaments to the Batman Airport. There’s something for everyone. So dig in! But before you start, I need to mention, we’d love to hear from our readers about your summer vacations. Anyone go anywhere cool? Let us know and we’d love to feature you in our “Summer Trip Favorites.” Editor-In-Chief
Ashley Fox 145 Magazine
August Volume 4 Issue 3
CONTENTS August 2017
Who’s ready for their flying car? Terrafugia’s Flying Car
People in AviationKenny Singletary Facing Obstacles
24 Name that Airport 26
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Who's ready for their flying car?
Facing Obstacles The good and the bad
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A v i at i o n Trivia On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindburgh made the first transatlantic flight in recorded history. Which pair of pilots are famous for completing the first transpacific flight?
A. B. c. D.
John Alcock and Arthur Brown Lester Maitland and Albert F. Hegenberger Armand Dufaux and Henri Dufaux Gabriel Voisin and Charles Voisin Answer: B
As with many aviation accomplishments, if you’re first you get everlasting fame and glory, but if you’re second, you get relegated to the footnotes. Just 5 ½ weeks after Charles Lindburgh made his famous transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis, Lester Maitland and Albert Hegenberger set out from Oakland, California and flew 2,407 miles (3,874 km) across the open ocean to Oahu, Hawaii. Maitland and Hegenberger were both stationed in Hawaii and had submitted written requests to attempt a transpacific flight. All requests had been denied until finally, in December 1926, their request was granted. While in Hawaii, Hegenberger had overseen the development of a navigation system using signals from low-frequency radio beacons. The purpose of this flight was to demonstrate the difficult task of navigating to a small island using radio beacons as navigational aids. After doing their due diligence, the day was set for the flight. On June 28, 1927, Maitland and Hegenberger set off in an Atlantic-Fokker C-2 named “Bird of Paradise”, from Oakland Municipal Airport at 7:00 AM heading for Wheeler Field, Oahu.
The reported purpose of the flight went out the window right from the start. The directional radio receiver worked intermittently before finally cutting out and the earth indicator compass failed after takeoff. Hegenberger navigated most of the flight using dead reckoning, a magnetic compass and contact from ships in the area. In the early morning of June 29th, the duo spotted a lighthouse on Kauai, but had to circle the airport until sunrise before finally landing at Wheeler Field. The flight took 25 hours and 50 minutes and the pair were greeted by thousands of spectators. The flight was 1,200 miles shorter than the one made by Lindbergh, but the target they had to hit was so much smaller than the one for which Lindbergh was shooting. In recognition for their accomplishment, Maitland along with Lindbergh were invited to the White House to meet with U.S. President Calvin Coolidge, and both aviators were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The flight made by Maitland and Hegenberger paved the way for longer transpacific flights from the United States to Australia and led to further advances in directional machinery in airplanes.
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hen I was a kid, I was told flying automobiles were just around the corner. I envisioned a brightly colored future with shiny outfits and hovering family cars just like The Jetsons had. Fast forward to now and I feel a bit ripped off. Sure, we’ve come a long way in technology: We have the internet, cell phones, space stations and much more. Hey, if I wanted to, I could even wear a shiny outfit (I don’t). But surely, after all these years, I can’t be the only one wondering; Where’s my flying car? Enter Carl Dietrich, the CEO and Co-founder of Terrafugia. “Terrafugia” is Latin for “land-escape”, a perfect name for a company whose flying automobile promises to do just that. Dietrich and his team have been hard at work bringing us closer to a practical, day -to-day flying car. The company recently announced their newest model, the TF-X, which can seat four passengers, fit in your garage and oh, I almost forgot,
become airborne without the need of a runway via vertical take-offs and landings. Did I mention this vehicle does not require the operator to be a trained pilot? When asked about the idea of your everyday driver piloting an aircraft without any prior flight knowledge, Dietrich responds; “They don’t need to know those things because the computer is plugged into a data network that automatically helps them plan the flight path, avoid other air traffic and air space restrictions, things of that nature.” “Anything that happens on the ground, the person is going to make a call. Once you’re flying, the actual operation of all the flight control surfaces is going to be computer controlled because, frankly, the computer can do it better than a pilot.”
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “This would be great during the early morning or evening commute traffic jams.” But before you start fanticizing about flying away from any bumper to bumper congestion, guess again. Dietrich explains vertical take-offs and landings create a lot of air to be blown, which could damage nearby vehicles or objects. So, although the TF-X doesn’t require a runway, it’s operators looking for a quick land-escape may only do so in designated areas. Terrafugia’s newest TF-X is not their first flying car. In fact, their first flying prototype, Transition, has been around since 2009. Transition is a two-seater hybrid that works more like a drivable airplane than an actual flying car. In order to fly away in this model, the operators would need to have a sports pilot’s license as well as an accessible runway for take-offs and landings. Perhaps this significant difference is what makes Terrafugia’s newest model most exciting. Dietrich and his team believe a few hours is all they need to fully train an individual to operate their new TF-X. A pretty sweet fact that certainly makes this flying au-
tomobile more practical to own. Dietrich says the operators of the TF-X will need to become familiar with the interface of the hybrid as well as how to determine the safety of the take-off and landing conditions. In the event of an emergency, the operator of the TF-X can deploy a parachute system for the entire vehicle. The question on all our minds is,
“How long until we take our first TF-X ride?”
Dietrich says, “It’s hard to know exactly, but we estimate 8 to 12 years.” Even if Terrafugia had the capital to begin mass producing these vehicles, the larger obstacle becomes regulations and the way aircrafts are currently certified. “Those sort of things have never been certified before so we don’t know how long it will take for regulatory bodies to adapt to the new technology,” says Dietrich. “The rules are very old, the rules need to be updated. If the rules are successfully updated then we see the possibility for somebody to get what we call a TF-X operators permit in as little as five hours. In order to do that, we have to lower the barrier entry to aviation,” Dietrich adds. “We have to make it easier, we have to make it safer, we have to make it faster than driving your car, and we have to make it significantly more convenient than operating an airplane today. It’s going to take a while to get there, but that’s the goal.”
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FLIGHT D E L AY Kenny Singletary BAE Systems
Current position: Aftermarket program manager Current residence: Flower Mound, TX Years with BAE Systems: 13 U.S. Air Force staff sergeant Interests: Flying his Cessna 172
Favorite places to travel in his private plane: Hot Springs, Arkansas for golf
Longest trip heâ€™s flown in his plane: 1,000 miles round
trip. Two years ago, he flew his instructor up to Atchison, KS which is the home of Emilia Earhart. Every year many of the 99â€™s Club members attend and participate in the International Forest of Friendship celebration that Atchison city hosts every year.
Most important trend in aviation today: From private
aviation, the big topic currently is an FAA-mandated system improvement where all private airplanes, including my Cessna 172, will have to have an ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) system. This system is basically to bring the private aviators up to speed with the commercial practice, where we all have aircraft traffic collision avoidance. This will make aviation and flying, especially around crowded airspace, more safe, and is mandatory for all aircraft and in particular all private airplanes by January 1, 2020.
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For some, the impetus to take to the sky calls early; for others, the urge to soar begins quietly and builds over a lifetime. Kenny Singletary, a program manager for BAE Systems’ commercial aircraft aftermarket business, didn’t learn to fly until he was 58 years old, and is still working on his instrument flight rules rating. The Air Force veteran enjoys boating and motorcycle riding, too, but for Singletary, it always came back to flying. He explains that flying makes him feel free. “I wish I had stayed in the Air Force to learn to fly when I was younger,” says Singletary, who was a staff sergeant and avionics maintenance technician in the service. “But from growing up on the Gulf Coast of Texas, to joining the military and working in avionics, 44 years later I’ve still been all over the world.” He says that his first solo flight was like fitting his hand into an old glove, his instructor has put him through the paces so many times. He describes that first flight as, “total excitement!” Singletary works in BAE Systems’ Aftermarket group within its Controls and Avionics Solutions business, interfacing with airline customers around the globe on repairs, overhauls, and asset management services. Coincidentally, he’s been overhauling his 1964 Cessna 172 four-seater, as well.
“It’s a slow process,” he says. “I’ve learned as well that the aftermarket industry is profitable for a reason – this is an expensive hobby!” Ringing in at around $900 a month to own and operate his plane, it may not be an economical hobby, but it’s his passion. Singletary has immersed himself in the community of small aircraft pilots that exists around general aviation airports, and finds ways to save money on upgrading his plane by utilizing the talents of his fellow aviators. “Of course all parts have to be within FAA guidelines,” he says. “But I was able to purchase new carpeting from a buddy who also flies, and when you’re replacing the starter, the engine, the battery, and the pistons too, every little bit helps!” Some of his colleagues at BAE Systems are a part of that community, as well. He says they often fly together. For Singletary, flying isn’t only a connection to his profession and a way to see the world, it’s a great way to spend time with family and friends. He looks forward to retirement, when he and his wife plan to move to the Northwest, which means flying in and around the mountains. While he may have begun piloting aircraft only recently, he’s not afraid to soar!
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Chris Villano, President of Accel Aviation Accessories and good friend to our magazine, recently shared an incredible story with us. It’s a story about true companionship, patience, discipline and a great read for anyone facing obstacles.
How did you get started in dog agility competitions?
What is your favorite breed of dog?
It started back before 2008. My wife and I had a Doberman/Lab mix breed named Bodie, after the Bodie Island Lighthouse. He was a great dog and he needed something to do. Around this time, my wife saw an advertisment about dog agility training. They were holding classes in town so we decided to take Bodie. That’s how we got started! We went to a bunch of classes and trained up and before long we got the nod from our instructor that we were ready to compete.
Dobermans. I should say they were always my wife’s favorite breed and she turned me onto them. We always knew we would get one but I wound up getting the first one; Reba. She’s my girl. She was a rescue dog and we got her when she was a year old. I don’t want to sound corny but you know that proverbial, “you just know when your eyes meet” kind of thing? Well that was it. We locked eyes and like a little kid I knew I had to have her. This was back in 2009.
What is dog agility? It’s different from confirmation. Confirmation is what you might see on television, where the foo-foo dogs parade around for best-in-show or best breed awards. That’s not what we do. Dog Agility is for the rebels of the dog world. We have courses with bars, ramps and planks; and the dogs need to complete the course clean and within a certain amount of time. For every second under the designated time you earn points toward the championship. They have different hieght groups for different size dogs. We compete in the 24-inch class which consists of all big dogs.
How soon did you begin training Reba? I started taking Reba to the same agility classes soon after we got her and she was a natural. We would train multiple times a week and we clicked like crazy. The first time we went to compete however, it was comical. You show up expecting everything to go just right, just like training, and
then Reba goes tearing off around the ring without a care. She was so excited to be there but after a short period of time she really started to compete.
How long does it take to fully train a dog for competition? It comes down to the class instructor who will let you know when you’re eligible for competition. It could take a year, two years or it might not happen for you and your dog at all. Dobermans are extremely intelligent and even though training isn’t “easy,” they’re a lot more equipped to be trained. You have different breeds of dogs and some are good for hunting while others are good for sporting. Dobermans are a working breed. They just love to work and you can see how much fun they have. It usually takes about a year for our Dobermans to pick up the training and become ready to compete.
How many shows do you compete in? At least twice a month, usually on the weekends. The competitions are located all over the place, so we have a motor home that lets us travel to anywhere. The dogs are like little rock stars being shuttled around on tour from city to city for competitions. We’ve been to Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. We also have trips planned for shows in Ohio and Kansas as well.
Is it true your dogs get massages? Oh, it’s absolutely true. When you think about it, these dogs are athletes. They are extremely fit animals and they eat better than most people do. I guarantee you I spend more money on their food than I do my own. They have a pretty strict and clean diet consisting of raw meats mixed with supplements so you can imagine just how fit they are. They’re athletes and just like any other athlete they require rub downs before and after competitions and sometimes in-between. We even do acupuncture on the dogs if something seems out of place.
Do you breed your own dogs? No, we don’t. After doing a few shows we’ve become tied in with the Doberman community and gotten to connect with a lot of breeders. Breeding and bloodlines are important in keeping the breed healthy. For example, breeding out known diseases. We are interested in breeding for performance, not necessarily for pureness sake. For us, it’s like horse breeding.
I know breeding horses can be insanely expensive; what does it cost for a well-bred agility dog? The minimum you will spend from a reputable breeder will be twenty-five hundred. That’s the bare minimum. Of course, things go up from there depending on parentage of the animals.
What’s Reba’s story? Reba and I had an incredible bond and we had a lot of success together. When Reba had just turned 8 she earned her spot as the number one preferred champion. My wife and I decided it was time to start slowing things down for Reba because she had now achieved everything she possibly could. She was now a five-time Master Agility champion, a two-time, DCPA (Doberman Pinscher Club of America) top twenty finalist and now the number one preferred champion in the nation. We decided her last show would be in December where the AKC would recognize her as number one preferred champ. A few months leading into the December show, Reba started to act a little bizarre. The morning after a Labor Day show Reba wasn’t acting like her usual self so we took her to the vet. The vet ran his tests and couldn’t find anything wrong, but Reba clearly wasn’t herself. The next day my wife called me home from work and by the time I arrived Reba couldn’t walk. Things got worse and worse so we rushed her in for an MRI. Reba had ruptured a disc and it had paralyzed her. This happened in September and her final show was just 3 months away as the National Champion.
Did they determine the cause of the injury?
Who is next in line to be your champion?
After the MRI, the doctor noticed a ruptured disk and a large mass further up her spine. He said there was a good chance it was cancerous. We had him do the surgery anyway and to his surprise, the large mass was disk material from her ruptured disk. He had never seen this before. The good news, it wasn’t cancer, the bad news, the material compressed the nerves in her spine and caused her to become paralyzed from the waist down. It was devastating.
The next one to come up is Rosalita and she has been doing phenomenal.
Where did you go from there? We started taking Reba to a neurologist and a local vet. The doctor there suggested we try a trial drug which was designed to help the spine form new neural connections. While Reba was taking the medication, she made a noticeable recovery. Within two months Reba started moving her legs and eventually started putting weight on her back legs. If you saw how bad it was before, you wouldn’t believe how well she’s doing today. She goes to physical therapy multiple times a week, runs on a water treadmill and a land treadmill, gets massages as well as acupuncture. She’s not back to her original self but she runs around the back yard with the other dogs and she’s back to being the boss. It’s not a pretty run, but she’s so happy to be able to play with the others again. She travels with us and the other dogs to the tournaments and at the end of every show we knock down the bars and let her run the course. All of our friends at the shows stick around to watch her and make a big fuss for her as she finishes. Then we giver her a treat bag. That’s the new normal for us and Reba and we’re just happy that she’s happy.
What is it about dog agility competitions you love so much? It’s a total mind eraser. When you’re out there training or competing in front of hundreds of people, you can’t think of anything else. It’s just you and your teammate communicating and working together. Believe it or not, it does carry over into your regular life. Training with these animals has taught me patience and understanding that translates into all forms of communication. It makes life fun and we absolutely love it!
Name that Airport
Which Aiport.... - Is located in Eastern Turkey and accommodates over 170,000 domestic passengers? - Is named for the river that flows next to the airport? - Also doubles as a military airport? - Has the same name, coincidentally, as a famous superhero? Answer: Batman
The connection between Batman Airport and Batman the superhero from comics and movies is purely coincidentally. However, this doesn’t change the fact that many people are drawn to this region and airport because of the name. Batman, Turkey was known as Iluh and housed a mere 3,000 residents until the 1950s. On September 2, 1957, Iluh was renamed Batman after the river that flowed nearby. The growth increase in the past 60 years in the Batman region of Turkey came from the discovery of oil reserves. The population figures from 2016 for Batman continue to rise and are estimated at about 381,000 inhabitants. So, where did the name “Batman” come from? In Turkey and Persia, a batman is an ancient unit of measure equal to 16.96 pounds. But most commentators believe that the Batman River actually took its name as a shortening of “Bati Raman,” a nearby mountain. The airport in Batman was built in 1998 to serve both passenger and military transport. The airport consists of one runway that is 10,000 feet long (3,048 meters) and handles about 4 arrivals and departures per day, with total airport traffic exceeding 170,000 passengers. The name of the airport and its connection to Batman the superhero is entirely coincidental, but Batman airport continues to be a landing destination for people who want to explore the rich historical sites found all throughout Eastern Turkey.
David Whetstone, Director of Business Development at Silver Wings Aerospace is the founder of a non-profit organization called Species Specific. Founded for the next generation of young anglers, Species Specific aims to teach the youth about the conservation and preservation of the flora and fauna found in South Florida through ethical angling practices. We recently spoke with David about the latest happenings with his charitable organization.
his year, the 18th Annual FNGLA / Species Specific, Inc. Junior Angler Tournament will be held on Saturday October 21st with the Captain’s Meeting on Friday, October 20th. This annual event has been close to the hearts of many whom share a passion for the outdoors and find it of the utmost importance to instill the values of conservation and preservation to our youth. These little outdoorsmen will become our next generation of anglers as well as advocates of some of the most protected and fragile environments in the world. With Biscayne Bay, the Florida Keys, and Everglades National Park as primary fisheries, children of all ages along with adults; whom will fish in the adult division, will be able to spend the day within the most pristine ecosystems in North America as their backdrop. Species Specific, Inc. [501 © 3] will once again take part in ensuring that every junior angler who participates in this exciting and fun filled day out on the water with family and friends are provided with tackle totes filled with goodies for their adventure. We could not continue to be as successful as we are year after year, without the support from our sponsors and I assure you that every single junior angler who receives a tackle tote; which is filled with lures, shirts, hats, tackle, reels, fishing line,
face buffs, water bottles, sun tan lotion and whatever other items our sponsors send, will continue to put huge smiles on the faces of the kids participating. But make no mistake, this is not an “everyone gets a trophy” type of tournament. Year after year, these little anglers wake up at 4:30 in the morning just like the rest of the adults and battle it out within the elements. Whether rain or shine, calm or windy, hot and humid or…..hot and humid, they will target their favorite species and compete amongst some of the best little anglers there are. The competition is real and these little guys fish their hearts out and we cannot wait to see them all in action again.
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If you’re an outdoorsman yourself or simply understand the value of what it means to educate our younger generations on the importance of getting outside and enjoying our Natural Parks not only here in South Florida but wherever you may visit throughout the United States, then we would humbly welcome any support that you may be able to offer. I would like to share that Species Specific, Inc. has donated 110% from the very first day it was founded and will continue to donate anything received whether fishing tackle, hats, shirts, etc. for the tackle totes and / or anything that can be awarded for a “prize” catch. Monetary donations will go towards awards and “trophies”. Scholarships for young professionals pursuing an education within the agricultural field, have been graciously established
through the local Chapter of FNGLA and it continues to support the pursuit of academia for our young adults. I would like to humbly and graciously thank each and every one of my peers and colleagues within our great industry for your continued support and I assure you, the smiles on these little Jr. anglers’ faces when opening their tackle totes are truly priceless. Please e-mail me if you’d like to support us this year and with any questions that you may have. Sincerely, David C. Whetstone (David@SilverWingsAerospace.com) Silver Wings Aerospace, Inc. / Director – Business Development
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