New year, new possibilities!
If you haven’t started to get your land speed car or motorcycle ready for the August-September racing season, you are running late!
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— Flying “upside-down”! —
I have been talking about flying “upside-down”, referring to New Zealand being on the opposite side of the planet compared to the US. Well, yesterday I truly did fly “upside-down” during my first aerobatics lesson with Chantel at North Shore Aero Club. It was a lot of fun, and I didn’t get motion sick! :-D
An electric airplane would be perfect for aerobatics - no need for inverted oil or fuel system. You also typically only fly for a fraction of an hour because aerobatics is exhausting, so it wouldn’t need much battery capacity. *thinking naughty thoughts about building an airplane* ... See more
— Girls rule the sky! —
Lots of good news this week! Not only do I love my new job, I also received my New Zealand Private Pilot Licence (PPL)! It is based on my U.S. license, but I had to do a bit of flying to catch up with the NZ requirements.
I am very impressed by the Civil Aviation Authority CAA (the NZ equivalent of FAA). I had my license in hand 6 days after I submitted the paperwork!
Thank you Chantel Strooh and collegues at North Shore Aero Club for helping me with the license conversion process and introducing me to flying in the southern hemisphere! ... See more
Nice write up by my new employer, the Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland.
Thank you Kevin Smith at Top Dead Center Photo for the great picture!
http://www.engineering.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/news/2018/building-experience-for-the-next-generation-of-engineers.html ... See more
Dr Eva Hakansson has recently been appointed as a lecturer in our Department of Mechanical Engineering. Originally from Sweden, she completed her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Denver, Colorado, USA. ... See more
—- New Zealand - here we come! (Bill’s visa is finally approved )—-
Great news landed in my inbox early this morning - Bill’s New Zealand visa is finally approved! After months in limbo, he is now allowed to join me in New Zealand.
That also means that we can pull the trigger on the build of KillaJoule’s successor - the Green Envy! You will see at lot more about the Green Envy here shortly, but it is basically a better and more powerful version of the KillaJoule. The target power is 1 megawatt (1360 HP), and the ultimate goal is to take the outright motorcycle speed record (currently 376 mph/605 kph). The planned debut is at Dry Lakes Racers Australia’s event in March 2019.
Flat out into the future - but this time “upside-down”! :-)
Photo is from Bonneville 2015 when pretty much all racing rained out. Photographer is John Baechtel. ... See more