AOPA Pilot Magazine - January 2015 - 30

PILOT BRIEFING
NEWS

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Ride a balloon to
100,000 feet
Return to Earth via parasail
B Y A LTO N K . M A R S H

January

WHEN PILOT and Google Senior Vice
President Robert Alan Eustace made
a parachute jump from 135,908 feet
on October 24, breaking the altitude
mark set by Red Bull-sponsored Felix
Baumgartner, he was actually conducting a test flight for something
you can do without having to jump.
The company that helped him break
the record plans to offer the public a balloon ride to 100,000 feet for
$75,000. Two pilots in your pressurized capsule will glide you back to
Earth beneath a steerable parasail.
World View Enterprises of
Tucson, Arizona, promises not to
spill your drinks. Passengers may go
as soon as 2016, but first things first;
there is not yet a full-scale capsule.

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A 10-percent scale model was tested
in June 2014. It will be capable of an
automated return and landing.
For Eustace, his capsule was his
spacesuit. It was built by Paragon
Space Development's Stratospheric
Explorer (StratEx) team, headquartered in Tucson. The company also
produced the balloon and support
systems with a team of companies,
including ILS, United Parachute,
ADE Technologies, World View
Enterprises, and four experts-
including consultant Julian Nott
of Santa Barbara, California, who
expects to be involved in the launch
mechanism for the capsule.
EMAIL alton.marsh@aopa.org

THIS MONTH IN AVIATION
JANUARY 2, 1905. Wilbur Wright prepares a letter to

the secretary of war to interest the Army in the use of
airplanes for the military. The Army declines.
JANUARY 4, 1952. Pan American World Airways schedules the first all-cargo service in a Douglas DC-6A.
JANUARY 7, 1785. Jean-Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries fly a hydrogen balloon from Dover, England, to
Calais, France.
JANUARY 8, 1982. The Airbus A300
is the world's first widebody airliner
certified for two-crew operation.
JANUARY 9, 1923. First flight of a
gyroplane, in Madrid, Spain.
JANUARY 11, 1935. Amelia Earhart is the first woman to
fly solo between Hawaii and the United States.
JANUARY 13, 1942. Igor Sikorsky's single-rotor helicopter makes a successful flight.
JANUARY 16, 1957. Three B-52Bs complete Operation
Power Flite, the first nonstop around the world flight
by turbojet.
JANUARY 18, 1911. Eugene B. Ely, flying a Curtiss biplane,
makes the first landing on a ship.

There are

7,692 balloon
pilots in the FAA
database.

Sponsored by BREITLING
JANUARY 19, 1784. The Montgolfier brothers make an
ascent at Lyons, France, in the largest hot air balloon
ever made, the Le Flesselle.
JANUARY 20, 1975. Terrorists take over an Air France
Boeing 707 and take 10 passengers
hostage.
JANUARY 23, 1909. First flight of the
French Bleriot XI monoplane.
JANUARY 26, 1910. First seaplane built
and flown by Glenn Curtiss flies in San
Diego, California.
JANUARY 26, 1951. First flight of Douglas D-558-2
Skyrocket supersonic research aircraft; exceeds Mach
1 (the speed of sound) in a dive.
JANUARY 29, 1920. President Woodrow Wilson appoints
Orville Wright to the National Advisory Committee for
Aeronautics.
JANUARY 29, 1959. First jet passenger service across the
United States in American Airlines Boeing 707s.
JANUARY 30, 1988. Boeing's 747 SP Friendship One sets
an around-the-world record of 36 hours, 54 minutes,
and 15 seconds.



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