Michigan man receives Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award
The Boyne City Airport Advisory Board in Michigan has honored advisory board member and longtime area pilot Leon Jarema with a Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award that recognises pilots of 50 or more years of flying experience and contributions to general aviation.
Jarema’s first flying lesson was in 1962 and he received his private pilot certificate in 1964, achieving certified flight instructor status as well as becoming an air transport pilot, commercial glider pilot and instructor.
Over the years he has flown 115 aircraft types and models.
Air Force Research Laboratory develops smart “hair” sensors to change the course of agile flight
Scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory have been studying flying creatures in order to draw inspiration from nature for technical advancements in aircraft, allowing pilots to better understand the environments their plane is flying in.
It is believed that carbon nanotubes could allow aircraft to ‘fly by feel’, as the hairs on bats and crickets inspire the creation of artificial hair sensors.
Conventional aerial systems generally gain data from more bulky sensors that are bolted on, resulting in single point measurements with delayed sensing. The ‘Artificial Hair Sensor’ team created a lightweight artificial sensor that mimics those used by natural fliers.