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Walter Lounsbery
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Some photos from the end of our European Vacation.  I will be uploading a lot more.  Our vacation started on September 12.

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At the Garth Brooks concert!
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Yet another flying car, this time from Germany.  They stole Burt Rutan's twin hull concept with wings stowed in the middle.

http://aviationweek.com/technology/carplane-roadable-aircraft-designed-drivability

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At the starting line for the Dogwood rowing regatta in Oak Ridge. Lisa is racing first thing tomorrow morning.


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This just blows my mind. After working on drones early in my career, after all the talk at the UAV meetings about the future of drones and all the uses in the civilian world, here we are decades later just before the whole civilian drone market explodes in growth. We were focused on winged aircraft back then, expensive systems. Now the aircraft are helicopter variations, cheap and easy enough for regular folks, with video links, GPS guidance, and sophisticated guidance systems.

Local TV stations and film studios are driving a huge segment of the market right around the corner.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-U-u5a2hpU

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What any kid would want for Christmas!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0Znir9pxqU

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I got a picture of Lisa rowing the single and the Badgers coming in after a day of training.
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Oak Ridge Rowing, 3-28-2015
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Dessert at Fuli
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At the new Fulin Asian restaurant next to the Mega-Kroger in Oak Ridge. Super impressed so far!
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The FAA is not exactly moving forward on "self-certified" medicals.  In the light sport aircraft category, a pilot can fly based on their own evaluation of their medical fitness.  Years of operation under these rules have developed statistics that pilots, under modern medical treatment, fly quite safely under self assessment.

So it is reasonable to expand these rules to any category of flying that presently requires a third class medical certification from a doctor.  Under the current antiquated system established in the 1940s, a pilot with manageable conditions is required to do frequent expensive additional testing for FAA doctors that, because they are miles away, substitute these tests for personal physical assessments of the pilots.

This testing basically constitutes a profit racket for the medical industry.  And, as experience with Light Sport has shown, this does not contribute to safety in a statistical sense.  Until fairly recently, the FAA and Congress were on course to establish more rational regulation.

Recently, the revisions have been abandoned.  Apparently the medical profession has taken up additional testing regimen with the FAA, now focusing on sleep apnea, a condition that was not considered significant since the 1940s.  However, since apnea might contribute to exhaustion or dozing off while flying, some are pressing for testing of third class compliant pilots.

Yes, that's right.  Even if you pass the current medical exam, you may be sent for sleep apnea testing.  This is an expensive test that can potentially bar a pilot from flying even if they have a mild case of apnea.  Because this is the perfect case of a sleep disorder industry that makes a lot of cash selling CPAP devices (another racket) with physicians requiring onerous testing programs for pilots with mild or controllable conditions.

So, in the name of money, the FAA has abandoned self-certification for a testing lab bonus for doctors.  And I would recommend investing in CPAP manufacturers.  It's going to be a booming industry.
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