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The Beauty of First Flight

This weekend I got the chance to do something that I’ve always dreamed of. I piloted my first aircraft! Like most aerospace fanatics, ever since I was a child all I wanted to do was be a pilot. Having family all over Europe, I was constantly traveling and I loved it. I got to fly on planes all the time.

When the time came to choose my career path I tried to make the best decision between becoming a pilot or being an aerospace engineer. Eventually the decision was made to follow engineering and I’m extremely happy that I did! Being able to help design and build beautiful flying machines gives a level of satisfaction that I wouldn’t give up for anything. I did however make myself a promise that I would one day become a pilot, even if only as a hobby. This post outlines the beginning of a dream that will hopefully consume endless beautiful weekends for the rest of my life.

The Michigan Flyers did a phenomenal job of hosting the AIAA event for us this year! Thanks again!!

Cessna Planes

Discovery flights for the AIAA University of Michigan. I'm flying in the Cessna 172, but we also had a 162 and 152 at our disposal.

Ann Arbor Airport

Shortly after takeoff you can see the Ann Arbor Airport

Big House

Flying over the Big House and Crisler Arena

Whitmore Lake

Whitmore Lake from the sky

Landing Ann Arbor Airport

Flaps deployed for landing at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport

Landing Tower Ann Arbor Airport

With a little help from the flight instructor we made it safely back on the ground


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SpaceX Offering 50 People a Chance to See Rocket Launch

Want to watch SpaceX launch their Falcon9 and Dragon spacecraft at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on 4/30/12? Be on twitter at noon EST Thursday 4/5/12 to have a chance of being 1 of 50 random social followers selected.

Make sure you follow SpaceX on twitter!

NASA and SpaceX will host a two-day event for 50 social media followers on April 29-30, 2012, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is targeted to lift off at 12:22 p.m. EDT on April 30, on a mission to become the first commercial company in history to attempt to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to:

  • view a launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket
  • tour NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center
  • speak with representatives from both organizations
  • view and take photographs of the SpaceX launch pad
  • meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media
  • meet members of SpaceX and NASA’s social media teams

For full details visit the NASA site here!

Good Luck!


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NASA Makes Breakthrough in Sonic Boom Reduction


It has been publicly known that NASA has been testing methods to reduce the sonic boom signature of jets. Tests have been underway with Boeing and Lockheed Martin to achieve this goal and it was just released that their has been a “breakthrough” in testing!

Quoted from a NASA representative:

“This is a breakthrough. It’s the first time we have taken a design representative of a small supersonic airliner and shown we can change the configuration in a way that is compatible with high efficiency and have a sonic signature than is not a boom,”

2025 could be the reemergence of Concorde-travel. I’d love to feel this “new boom,” because when I was at Edwards Air Force base last month, the boom I experience definitely wasn’t subtle and wouldn’t gain nationwide acceptance.

Either way, great job America!

Reference: AviationWeek


Could this possibly be related to the “small earthquakes in Wisconsin?” The boom in the video definitely sounds like the sonic boom I heard at Edwards. Check out the video and tell me what you think.

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Meeting with Dr. John Anderson Today

Meeting with Dr. John Anderson Today

Dr. John Anderson has written most of my aerospace engineering text books and is currently the Curator of Aerodynamics at the Smithsonian. I am lucky enough to be meeting him today! Dr. Anderson will also be speaking at the AIAA Region III Student Conference that we are hosting at the University of Michigan.

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03/28/2012 · 2:05 pm

AIAA University of Michigan Showcase

This weekend March 30 – 31, 2012 the University of Michigan is hosting the AIAA Region III Student Conference. We started working on this project last summer and it’s finally almost here. Here’s a quick video we threw together (extra emphasis on the quick and threw part) showcasing some of the cool pictures we’ve taken as a group in the past year.

Sorry for the terrible music. The first song is something I recorded very quickly as well 🙂 Enjoy!

If you’re interested in learning more about the conference we’re hosting, please visit the conference site here.

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Worlds First 3D Printed Airplane Flies

I can’t wait to get myself one of these 3d printers! CAD up your model and go flying! I love it.

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Scaled Composites Career Day


Scaled Composites is having a career day on Saturday April 21, 2012. Interested engineers and business savvy professionals will get the chance to see what the company’s like and possible join their ranks. Just coming back from a visit there (View the details here about my trip to Scaled Composites), it’s great to know that myself and the 15 other University of Michigan students that visited helped to critique the new interview system that Scaled will most likely be using on their Career day! Very cool!

Read below for more details on the upcoming Career Day!



On Saturday April 21, 2012, Scaled Composites, LLC will open its hangar doors to give job seekers of all backgrounds the chance to talk to our employees, see some of our unique aircraft, and potentially have the chance to join our team.  The Career Day and Open House will occur from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM; qualified applicants should come prepared to talk one-on-one with Scaled employees.  This is a chance for us to get to know you, for you to show us what you are passionate about, and for us to learn how you might fit into our company.  Fly or drive out with a resume, examples of your work, bottled water, sun protection, and be ready to find out what it means to have “FUN” at work.
Please RSVP with attached resume to resume@scaled.com, subject line “Career Day.” Scaled Composites is looking for qualified applicants in the following categories.  Visit our careers page for further details.

Avionics Engineer
Composite Fabricator
Composite Structural Analyst
Composites Design Engineer
Data Analyst Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Manufacturing Engineer
Materials and Process Engineer
Mechanical Design Engineer
Program Business Manager (PBM)
Program Business Analyst (PBA)
Domain/Software Administrator (IT)

Please note, Scaled Composites, LLC will consider applications and resumes from U.S. Citizens only; Scaled Composites, LLC does not offer foreign employee (H1) visa sponsorship. Scaled Composites, LLC does not offer internships at this time.
Event Location/Details

Mojave Spaceport
Hangar 78
1624 Flight Line
Mojave, CA 93501
10:00AM – 2:00PM

This event coincides with Plane Crazy Saturday Fly-in and Static Display, a Mojave Transportation Museum Event. Please visit the Mojave Museum Website for more information. http://www.mojavemuseum.org/index.html

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