257 – Flight Research at NASA Armstrong, Part 2: Fullscale
Guest: Kevin Weinert, Jim Less, Scott Howe, Hernan Posada
Host: Markus Voelter Shownoter: Bastian Hundt
As part of my trip to the US earlier this year I visited NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. I conducted six interviews over two days, those concerning full scale (“real”) aircraft are in this episode. We start out with Kevin Weinert, with whom we talk about the Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge project, essentially a flap made of flexible materials to save fuel and reduce noise. Next up is Jim Less, one of NASA’s F-15 and F-18 pilots; we chat about his flying and various research projects where the jets are utilized (you can see this part as a continuation of Episode 73, where we chatted with Dick Ewers). Finally, we talk about flying the MQ-9 and RQ-4 unmanned aerial vehicles with the pilots Scott Howe and Hernan Posada.
Kevin Weinert and the ACTE Project00:02:21
Armstrong Flight Research | SCRAT Airplane | Gulfstream III | Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge | Flaps | Wing Loading | Vortex | Rebound Effect | Load Alleviation Function | Lift-to-Drag Ratio | Spoilers | Computational Fluid Dynamics | Strain Gauge | SOFIA | SOFIA OmegaTau Part 1 | SOFIA OmegaTau Part 2 | McDonnell Douglas YC-15
Jim "Clue" Less and the F-15/F-1800:42:30
USAF Test Pilot School | Flying the F-15 OmegaTau Episode | Flying the F-16 OmegaTau Episode | Shaped Sonic Boom Demonstration | Restricted Airspace | Mars Surveyor Lander | Adaptive Flight Controls | United Airlines Flight 232 | Schlieren Photography | Distributed Roughness Elements Research | F-35 | X-56 | F-18 | Arrestor Hook | Auxiliary Power Unit | Inertial Navigation System | Moving Map
Scott Howe and Hernan Posada on UAVs01:55:21
Unmanned Aerial Verhicle | MQ-9 Reaper | RQ-4 Global Hawk | NOAA | Traffic Avoidance Testing of UAVs | Atmospheric Research with UAVs | ER-2 High-Altitude Airborne Science Aircraft | Autoland | Microsoft Flight Simulator | ADS-B | TCAS | Glide ratio | Garrett TPE331 | Head-up-Display | Flight Managment System
Before even have heard into the episode, I’m totally in love with this beautiful F18!
I should do a total reset and start anew as a test pilot at NASA…
Both these NASA Armstrong episodes were great. Such interesting stuff is being done there! It’s wonderful to hear about things that don’t get that much publicity. I think it’s very important that your podcast gives voice to these people who explore the boundaries of technology, and who obviously love what they do. And, I’m sure it was a blast being there in the high desert where so many legendary planes and people have flown.