This text and CD-ROM is dedicated to the problem of flight control over the sea at low altitudes, and is concerned particularly with Ekranoplanes: a breed of aircraft which use low resistance of ground effect flight. Under low flying conditions radar sensors measuring altitude, tilt and velocity of craft trace the variable profile of wave disturbance practically without averaging, thus making it difficult to gauge the motion parameters in relation to the undisturbed level of the sea surface. Translated from the original Russian, this volume should be of interest to specialists in aviation and marine instrumentation, and to researchers and designers of control systems for ekranoplanes, hovercraft, hydrofoils and other types of transport designed for motion close to the sea. A video on CD-ROM showing various versions of the Ekranoplane in flight and general operation is included.
Life, Death, and Airplanes is a memoir covering a portion of the author's life. Larry Klos lived as a child in a family with airplanes and as an adult has been a light aircraft pilot. He retired after a long career in the aircraft industry. Aircraft have always been part of his life and changed his life, most notably when a light aircraft crash killed his family, leaving him as the sole survivor. The memoir shares the details of his life as it was affected by aviation, and by the fact that he has an introverted personality type. Although introversion can be a strength as well as a weakness, in both cases it affects the way introverts approach the world and their relationships with others. The intersections of introversion and aviation are constant threads of thought in the narrative. All of us face our own difficulties and traumas as we move through life. The story is sad, but hopefully inspiring, showing how one person survived to live a fulfilled life despite difficult situations.
Author Susanne Kessaris knew from the miraculous births of her children that God was speaking to her early on about letting go, but like most parents, she wanted to cling tightly and was not prepared for the day they grew up. In Bagpipes, Planes, and Strings, she talks about how she fought to surrender to God's will through a series of events.