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A Brief History of Commercial Plane Travel: How right were the Wright Brothers?

December 13, 2014

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Daedalus and Icarus, of Greek mythology, are amongst the first humans to have attempted to fly back in 1400 BC. While the father and son duo may be credited to providing substance that fed the imagination for flight, commercial plane travel was by no means advanced in any major way by their mythical flight. Many that followed their footsteps were right not to use their aviation blueprints to advance the history of commercial flight. This lead to all the RC toys today!

THE PATH TO COMMERCIAL FLIGHT

Over the years, many other attempts at building the roots for commercial flight didn’t really take off, including the 15th century Leonardo da Vinci design of a “flying machine”.

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Feeling under the weather? Get help: How learning to fly a plane can help!

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Psychologists often advise patients who are battling stress and fatigue to “go to their happy place!”. And once there, these patients are literally in a world unto their own. The health challenges they have are momentarily left behind, and over a longer time can even be completely conquered.

Learning to fly can have similar health benefits which most flight enthusiasts might be surprised to learn about. Here’s why learning to fly a plane is good for your health.

FLY TO A HEALTHIER YOU!

Most people take up flying as a quick and convenient way to get away from the stress of driving. Some might take it up as a hobby, and others might adopt it as a stepping stone to a flight-related career. However, along the way, learning to fly delivers untold health benefits. Here are just a few:

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7 Reasons RC Helicopters Are The Best Toys: Grab the attention of young and old alike!

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Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are out of the way, it’s time to really get serious about shopping for toys for the holidays. But the problem with toys is that they are always so difficult to choose. There’s so much selection available, that one wonders if you’ll ever buy exactly what the gift receiver wants! One that has historic value as well!

Well, here’s one toy that everyone will love – Radio Controled Helicopters. Read on to find out why.

MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE

As toys go, there are lots of great reason why RC helicopters make for great gifts:

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5 Dangerous Items You Should Never Bring on as Checked Luggage

December 14, 2015

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Although the rules for checked luggage are looser compared to carry-on bags, some items are still prohibited from being packed in checked luggage. Here’s a look at some dangerous items you should never bring on a flight in your checked luggage.

1. Explosives

Flares, gun lighters, gunpowder, grenades, mortars, and any other kind of explosives are strictly prohibited from the flight, period. Earlier this year, a Cypriot student was detained after being caught taking explosive flares on board a plane at an airport in the United Kingdom. Andreas Pierides was also found carrying a terrorist manual.

Unless you want the fastest ticket to a harsh questioning and jail time, don’t even think of bring any kind of explosive with you to the airport. You won’t just face an ordinary criminal complaint; you might be slapped with terrorism charges.

2. Guns

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Here’s the thing, although technically, you may be allowed to pack a firearm in checked luggage, they have to be empty and stored in a locked hard case. You also have to check with your airline for any restrictions on guns and any fees you may incur from taking one with you a flight. More importantly, you should also check your destination’s gun laws, as immigration officials just might bar you from entering the country upon finding out you’re carrying a firearm with you.

 

And this may seem like common sense, but guns—or any other kind of weapon for that matter—are ABSOLUTELY not allowed in your carry-on bag. Yet despite the restriction, you’ll be surprised that some people still attempt to carry guns in their carry-on bags, with some passengers even passing security and boarding their planes unnoticed.

3. Lighters and Other Flammable Objects

Fire and airplanes are a terrible mix, which is why matches, lighters, and anything else that can start a fire is prohibited from checked luggage. Flammable items and liquids are strictly prohibited from both carry-on and checked luggage. These may also include camping equipment, such as stoves and fuel bottles, or even pressurised power tools such as air compressors and nail guns. Certain compressors such as tire inflators may be allowed however only good quality 12volt models since they do not store pressurised air within the tank.

Be sure to check with airport security and your airline for the specific rules on these items. Lighters may be allowed on luggage, provided they have no fuel. If you need to take fireworks, paint thinner, aerosol perfume or deodorant with you, consider buying them at your destination.

4. Inert Ammunition and Replicas of Explosives

Just because your ammunition and explosives aren’t live, does not mean they’re allowed on flights. In this time and age of heightened airport security, bringing an inert grenade, spent ammunition, or a replica of an explosive device to a flight is about the dumbest thing you can do as a passenger. Airport security won’t be able to tell if such objects are real or not, so you can count on missing your flight and being detained for questioning.

5. Disabling Devices

Mace, pepper spray, tear gas, or any irritant device capable of incapacitating a person, are prohibited in both carry-on bags and checked luggage.


In conclusion it is important that we stick to these guidelines so that we ensure our well-being and others as well. If you would like to know more tips and general knowledge for a safe flight please visit our site. 

 

 

 

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Flying and The Importance To Stay Well Rested

September 22, 2015

The importance of sleep is inexplicable. People rely on sleep to function throughout the day and lack of sleep can cause a variety of health problems later on in life, especially if children are having sleep issues. If you are a businessman or woman and travel a lot, you know that sleep may not always be in your favor or your schedule. Unfortunately, if you aren’t getting enough sleep on the plane to your next business meeting, your productivity may decrease, causing problems with your job. Business travel is stressful, demanding, hectic, heavy meals are often eaten, and late nights are common, all of which are a recipe for poor sleep.

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Sleep is important for your health, performance, and overall wellbeing. Your alertness will be reduced by one third after losing just an hour and a half of sleep that night. When traveling for business, you know that you need to be alert and aware of your surroundings and keep productivity up or you may suffer some consequences. Being deprived of sleep can impair memory and limit your ability to think and process important information.

Everyone knows that it is very difficult to get sleep on an airplane. A lot of people don’t seem to take into consideration that others may have a big day in the morning and need the sleep. There is endless chatter, flight attendants walking up and down the isles, people using the bathroom, turbulence and more. Your best bet is to get a pair of headphones or ear plugs to drown out the sound. Not getting enough sleep on airplanes when traveling for business can reduce performance in the early morning hours and increase mid-day productivity. This can be an issue if you have a meeting first thing in the morning.

imgresTraveling over time zones can cause some problems for those who are not use to it. This is what people call jet lag. Our internal clocks become out of sync and the time zone change while flying can effect our day and night cycles. Losing time is more difficult to get use to rather than gaining time. If you are traveling over time zones, near or far, you can re-set your internal clock so that you can adapt more quickly. You can do this by exposing yourself to the light in the early morning hours as often as you can. When it is dark outside, do not expose yourself to light of any kind, including computer screens and phones. This also makes for a good bedtime routine whether you have jet lag or not.

Being prepared for sleep before your flight will help you a lot. Get a kit ready that has your ear plugs, eye cover, lavender oil and pillow. Make sure all of your pre flight activities are done such as meeting schedules, packing, reservations, boarding passes and so on. The less things that you need to worry about, the more sleep you are going to get and we all know that sleeping on a plane is tough, but important.

Dehydration While Flying: Tips, Hints and Tricks

August 8, 2015

You might not think drinking a lot of water before a flight is a good idea because of the lack of in-flight facilities.

Maybe You’ve even decided to drink a large cup of coffee before you take off to help you stay alert, but caffeine is a diuretic and it makes you use the bathroom more often causing you to become dehydrated. If there is no air conditioning in the airplane, the cockpit will become very hot and as you climb up to altitude, the problem will worsen. It’s extremely important to stay hydrated if you are a pilot because you have the lives of many people in your control.

lets first take a look at exactly WHAT dehydration is, why it affects pilots so much, and what you can do about it.

What is Dehydration?

Dehydration can occur when you lose more fluids than you take in, and your body doesn’t take in enough water to replace the lost fluids so that the body functions normally.

If lost fluids are not replaced you will become dehydrated. It’s that simple.

Water is important for blood, digestive juices, sweat and tears. Any inconsistency will cause complications with the transport of these “humors,” which includes the oxygen the body needs for cells and this causes hypoxia.

One of the first symptoms of dehydration is being thirsty, but by the time your body tells you to drink more fluids it is already too late. A very small amount of liquid will turn off the desire to drink but it will not hydrate you enough, so it is important to know when and how much to drink.

When dehydration begins to set in, symptoms like headache, cramps, dizziness, tiredness and fatigue can be extremely dangerous for a pilot performing complex tasks such as flying a plane.

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Mild Dehydration Symptoms

Severe Dehydration Symptoms (a medical emergency)

Any of these symptoms can be very dangerous for anyone but especially a pilot flying a plane because they need to be focused on a safe flight at all times. If you have a headache or become lightheaded it can be a very dangerous situation.

Hydration for pilots: a fine art

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Normally you should drink eight glasses of about eight ounces of water or non-caffeinated beverages per day as it’s important to stay properly hydrated under normal conditions but if you’re a pilot flying in hot conditions at higher altitudes you will need to drink more to prevent dehydration.

Filtered water will actually keep you hydrated for longer than unfiltered water, so if you can fill up your bottle with filtered water, you are one step ahead of the game. The only problem here, is that filtering machines are not readily available on most hobby sized aircrafts. Here’s a hint: Fill up your bottle beforehand using a high quality water filter pitcher, and you won’t have to go looking for a filtering machine at the last minute.

It’s a good idea to sip a little at a time throughout the day, to avoid having to use the bathroom often. Drink water before the flight; choose cold water instead of coffee, soda or tea.

If you need to drink coffee then you should drink at least 8 ounces of water for every cup of coffee you drink.

Pretty much all fresh fruits and vegetables contain water and energy is easily produced from these foods. Snacking on fresh fruits and vegetables before your flight can help you stay hydrated and it will keep you feeling full. Fill up a few bottles with fresh, filtered water and bring them with you to regularly drink while you’re flying.

Monitor your hydration by checking the color of your urine during a flight. If you notice your urine is dark yellow when you visit the restroom then you should open a nice cold bottle of water and replenish your fluids. Keep your body hydrated and have a safe flight.

Which RC Helicopter Is The Right One For You?

June 1, 2015

drone-674238_640Flying a radio-control (RC) helicopter can be both challenging and fun. Hobbyists spend a lot of time sharpening their operational skills and keeping their models in good shape. Although many RC helicopter enthusiasts are able to deftly maneuver their mini aircraft, you can also find models which are made specifically for those who are new to this pastime. Picking the right RC helicopter for yourself (i.e. based on your skill and experience level) is an important requisite for enjoying this hobby.

Consumers can buy an adequate RC helicopter by remembering important factors like power source, pitch, size and channels of which you can read more about here. Being familiar with the various build types in which RC helicopters are available can also aid shoppers to make their search more refined. RC helicopters can be purchased from specialized vendors – many of them list their products on major online retail websites.

This article will focus on the different types of RC helicopters based on their build, which are an important factor when it comes to purchasing your own RC helicopter, since they’re directly related to your technical expertise.

Buying RC Helicopters by Build Type

Vendors normally offer different types of builds for RC helicopters. These types pertain to the helicopter’s assembly type, and being aware of various build type standards is helpful for consumers when they want to decide on an RC for purchase.

Custom Built

Plenty of RC hobbyists enjoy building their own models from the ground up. You can build your own custom RC by buying the parts separately and assembling them on your own. If you’ve got a good source for these components, you’ll have plenty of customization options.

I personally prefer the ‘Custom Built’ body type because I love to tinker around with gadgets and gizmos – I took a course from an online gunsmithing school a few years back, and some of the skills I picked up come in really handy when assembling mechanical toys. You can find a list of the best gunsmithing schools here.

Ready to Fly

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A read-to-fly RC has everything you need to start flying it straight out of the packaging. The helicopter is completely assembled with its motor pre-installed, and it comes with its own transmitter. This option is great for those who don’t want to spend time assembling parts or purchasing separate components.

Almost Ready to Fly

An almost ready to fly RC helicopter comes with the mainframe as well as the peripheral helicopter parts, but it doesn’t have all of the smaller components which enable its operation. This build type may or may not have servos, gyro, or receiver included. You might also have to buy a separate receiver.

Bind and Fly

A bind and fly RC helicopter provides the same degree of completeness with regards to the helicopter itself as a ready to fly RC helicopter. The major difference is that bind and fly build types don’t have their own transmitter included.

 

If you’re someone who doesn’t have the technical knowledge and skills needed for assembling your own RC, it will be wiser to stick with the ‘Ready to Fly’ variety, whereas those who know a thing or two about assembling machinery should consider the other three options – it is great fun, and there is nothing more satisfying than building your own working miniature helicopter from scratch.