Photo by Rainer Kopp, Styling by Mary Carver.
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-- 360 degree aerobatics --
OK, I know I should post about electric racing and not flying, but with the move from Colorado to New Zealand still ongoing, the Green Envy still on the drawing table, and myself being chained to my desk at the University of Auckland preparing lecture notes, I simple don't have that many racing updates.
Instead, enjoy this 360 degree footage from this weekend's aerobatic lesson at North Shore Aero Club. I personally think the video is a bit lame, it was much more exciting than it appears in the video, but the views are gorgeous so I hope you will enjoy it. The captions may also be a bit hard to read, I am still a rookie in editing 360 videos.
Note: Drag the mouse (or drag your finger on a mobile unit) to look around.
P.S. If you watch it on an iPhone (and perhaps also an Android) and you happen to have a VR headset, you can watch it as VR in the YouTube app. Click on the symbol that looks like a pair of glasses, and place the phone in your headset.
P.P.S. Thank you Parts Giant that sponsored me with the 360 degree Garmin Virb camera, I hope it is OK that I also use it for flying (my excuse is that I am just testing the features so I know how to use it when I go racing...)
P.P.P.S. Thank you Journeys Aviation in Boulder, Colorado, USA, that got me started on flying!
https://youtu.be/7tLzivb83_w ... See more
Introduction to Aerobatics at North Shore Aero Club with Chantel. The airplane is a Robin 2160 (registration ZK-TZF). Drag the mouse (or drag your finger on ...
— 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