Beethoven’s Fifth With a Guinness Chaser

Dean Sigler Electric Powerplants, Sustainable Aviation 0 Comments

Intel recently earned a Guinness World Record for lofting 100 drones at one time.  To make it hard, they did it at night and to an orchestral accompaniment.  Musical purists (your editor) might become vexed with the liberal reinterpretation of Beethoven’s score (the original symphony didn’t have a piano or a harp), and the added “bits” to a piece that’s been considered OK as-is for over two centuries. The orchestra played what they were given with great style, however, and the electronics wizards who put the aerial show together pulled it off with precision, playing well to the home crowd – apparently composed of Intel employees.  One wishes Intel would release a complete performance video without the music-video-style editing and the reluctance …

Chip Yates Breaks His Own Speed Record – Twice!

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Your editor was on hand Saturday, October 5 at the California State Airshow at Mather Field, 20 miles east of Sacramento, mainly to see if Chip Yates could break his own electric aircraft speed record in his Long-ESA (Electric Speed and Altitude). He did break his previous Guinness Book of World Records speed of 202.6 miles per hour (and more recent speeds) on Saturday, but topped that on Sunday, with a quiet run of 216.9 mph.  One Facebook fan wrote, “Incredible Plane… it’s a miracle.” The California Capital Airshow featured the usual crowd-pleasing noisy acts, with Chip being silently towed to runway’s end during fly-bys and aerobatics.  His takeoff drew a hush from the crowd, straining to hear the soft …