Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Apple’s Greater China business now has its own managing director for the first time

 Apple has appointed Isabel Ge Mahe as its first vice president and managing director of its business in Greater China. China-born Ge Mahe is tasked with managing Apple’s China business, and she will report into CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams when she takes up the role, which is based out of Shanghai, “later this summer.” Ge Mahe is currently located in California,… Read More
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Monday, July 17, 2017

How Microsoft brought SQL Server to Linux

 Back in 2016, when Microsoft announced that SQL Server would soon run on Linux, the news came as a major surprise to users and pundits alike. Over the course of the last year, Microsoft’s support for Linux (and open source in general), has come into clearer focus and the company’s mission now seems to be all about bringing its tools to wherever its users are. The company today… Read More
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Google wants to sell quantum computing in the cloud

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Rare Lockheed L-1011 TriStar Returns to the Skies Once More

Lockheed L-1011 Tri-Star does a fly-by of Kansas City International Airport. - Photo: JL Johnson. Not for use elsewhere.

Lockheed L-1011 TriStar does a fly-by of Kansas City International Airport. – Photo: JL Johnson. Not for use elsewhere.

The Lockheed L-1011 TriStar was a plane with a tragically short lifespan. It was expected to be a real contender against the Boeing 747, Douglas DC-10, and Airbus A300. It entered the market late, in large part due to delays resulting from difficulty at Rolls-Royce, the only engine producer for the TriStar. Despite this, it is one of just a few airliners that elicits strong emotion from people of all ages and walks of life. It was received with much fanfare.

In business, however, fanfare does not necessarily equate to economic viability. In roughly two decades, just 250 units were produced – including an incredible number of custom variants. Few operators held onto their L-1011s for long before passing them along to others or sending them to storage. By most accounts, the TriStar was a failure. During development of the only TriStar engine option, the RB211, Rolls-Royce was deemed what modern day observers would call “too big to fail.” It was nationalized to avoid catastrophic economic impact to the United Kingdom and to keep the costly program afloat. Following the cancellation of the series, Lockheed fully withdrew from the commercial airliner market to focus on military and other industries.

But struggles in development, lackluster sales, and frequent turnover did not get in the way of the passion shared by those who had in some way experienced the TriStar. It was and is one of the most beloved planes in AvGeek culture. The TriStar was an underdog. People love an underdog story, and that is just what this is.

Lockheed L-1011 TriStar registered N910TE lands in KC, MO. - Photo: JL Johnson. Not for distribution elsewhere.

Lockheed L-1011 TriStar registered N910TE lands in KC, MO. – Photo: JL Johnson. Not for distribution elsewhere.

TriStar Experience- The organization behind the L-1011’s restoration

The people behind TriStar Experience, an all-volunteer organization, have worked tirelessly for years to source and restore unique and special aircraft for the purposes of inspiring the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) workers. This L-1011 joins already completed projects such as the MD-83 N948TW, also known as Wings of Pride. Readers may recall that AirlineReporter was granted exclusive aviation media access of the arrival of TWA’s Wings of Pride in 2015.

The organization, a 501(c)3 non-profit, uses flyable jet aircraft for educational and experiential programs to inspire students into STEM fields of study. It seeks to support and cultivate those with interest to pursue aviation and aerospace related careers. Regardless of coursework or career, TriStar’s ultimate success is helping kids explore and achieve more than they thought possible. TriStar also supports other charitable groups with its operational jet aircraft.

Lockheed L-1011 TriStar N910TE parked at Kansas City International Airport Gate 14. Photo: JL Johnson

Lockheed L-1011 TriStar N910TE parked at Kansas City International Airport Gate 14 – Photo: JL Johnson

About this particular L-1011

I think we all can agree that L-1011s are special. But N910TE, built in 1974, is in a class of its own for a number of reasons. First, it was one of just two L-1011s which were specially configured for delivery customer Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) with a forward lounge in an area which would have typically been for cargo. Secondly, after serving with a number of carriers, this plane was acquired by a non-profit which converted it into a flying hospital. The majority of the plane has been thoughtfully retrofitted to medical treatment and surgical areas. The plane served on missions all around the world, bringing efficient and much-needed care to those in need.

The plane was stored at Tucson International Airport in 2001 where it remained until TriStar Experience acquired it. Restoration and maintenance work began in January of 2016 and continued through July 15, 2017, the day of its second ferry flight attempt.

Scale and medical device storage. - Photo: JL Johnson Gurneys and other medical equipment line the walls. - Photo: JL Johnson The extreme rear of the plane is a sealed surgical center. - Photo: JL Johnson
The flight crew poses with members of TriStar Experience. - Photo: JL Johnson

The flight crew poses with members of TriStar Experience. – Photo: JL Johnson

Regarding the L-1011’s flight crew:

“Who in the world would still be qualified to fly this?” It was a common question on social media on the day of the arrival, for sure. I had an opportunity to ask Mike Saxton, TriStar Experience Co-Founder this very question. To my amazement, he pulled a notebook out of his satchel, flipped a few pages, and showed me.

The crew of the ferry flight was as follows:

Mark Kenny- Pilot in command. Current full-time 747 captain for Orbital ATK.
Howard “Dusty” Spain- Co-captain. Former L-1011 Captain for TWA
Dave Mattingly- Co-captain. Former L-1011 Captain for Delta Air Lines.
Mark Messler- Flight engineer. Current engineer at Orbital ATK.
Martin Pike- Airborne flight mechanic.
Lin Weeks- Onboard safety.

Lockheed L-1011 TriStar Flight Engineer station. - Photo: JL Johnson

The L-1011’s future

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For the next few days, the L-1011 will remain at Kansas City International Airport’s shuttered A terminal, gate 14. KCI [as the locals refer to MCI] terminal A was closed a number of years ago and is not open to the public. Soon the plane will be towed to the maintenance, repair, overhaul area of KCI which was initially occupied by TWA. TriStar Experience is anxious to begin using the plane in its STEM programs in cooperation with local schools and non-profits, just as it does with TWA Wings of Pride at the downtown KC airport.

To learn more about TriStar Experience, its mission, and to consider donating to the organization, visit tristarexperience.org.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

PSA: You might want to look up at the sky on Sunday night

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If you're free on Sunday night and you live within a certain range of northern latitudes, you might want to look out a window. 

Meteorologists are predicting an aurora borealis, or northern lights show. 

Do you live where the #Aurora may be visible Sunday night?
Don't forget to check the cloud forecast! https://t.co/VyWINDk3xP #AuroraBorealis http://pic.twitter.com/gmggkmScDv

— NWS (@NWS) July 14, 2017

The northern lights are the result of our sun's solar storms, which emit streams of charged particles that can reach Earth. Magnetic fields from the north and south poles pull the particles into the upper or occasionally lower atmosphere, where they collide with neutral particles.  Read more...

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The Way Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors Work Is Actually Fascinating

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An auto-dimming mirror may not sound like the most exciting car part, but call it by another name—electrochromic mirror—and you begin to suspect that there’s actually a bit of nerdiness behind that flat reflective surface. And indeed, there is.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tourist Ignores Danger Signs And Gets Blown To Death By Jet Engine

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Tourists flock to Princess Juliana International Airport on the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten to catch a glimpse of jets nearly skimming the beach on their ultra-low takeoffs and landings. Numerous signs warn the tourists not to get too close, lest they get blown to their deaths by the landing jet’s air blasts.…

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Climate change is making it harder for airplanes to take off

Archive-SPplane5-ed.jpgWe already know that climate change might make air travel more turbulent. But now it looks like it will impact it in an even more drastic way: A new study in the journal Climatic Change examines how rising air temperatures will affect airplanes' abil... http://ift.tt/2tNHalJ
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AMD's powerful 16-core Threadripper CPU will cost $999

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XB-70 Valkyrie Wing Section on eBay: An Aviation History Mystery Continues

Arizona eBay Seller Lists Large Wing Section of Crashed XB-70 Valkyrie for Auction. With the exception of the occasional echoing thunder of jet noise, the desert is silent here. Snakes and big desert jackrabbits are common. There are vultures, and the dead animals that feed them. But little else. Sunburned, gentle wind blows sand between […] http://ift.tt/2t8IP6Y
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