* Includes an illustrated buyer's guide, rules of the air, and tips for passing the test
* First book on the topic of sport flying
Build a Drone will not only teach you how to build your very own drone, but will explain their history in the military and the impact they will have—and are starting to have—on our everyday lives.
Author Barry Davies has built drones for DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and AAI (one of America’s largest drone manufacturers), as well as six experimental ones for MIT. He not only understands their use in the world, but knows the ins-and-outs of how they can be created and handled.
Explained in simple terms with full-color step-by-step directions, Davies will explain how to build your very own drone from ones created specifically for this book.
Whether you plan on using drones for recreation or a more serious purpose (from search and rescue through farming to scanning construction work on a high-rise apartment buildings), Build a Drone will make sure that you not only understand how to construct a drone, but the proper and safe ways to maintain and handle them.
As he tended to his wounded teammates amidst the devastating carnage, rugby player Roberto Canessa, a second-year medical student at the time, realized that no one on earth was luckier: he was alive—and for that, he should be eternally grateful. As the starving group struggled beyond the limits of what seemed possible, Canessa played a key role in safeguarding his fellow survivors, eventually trekking with a companion across the hostile mountain range for help.
No one could have imagined that there were survivors from the accident in such extreme conditions. Canessa's extraordinary experience on the fine line between life and death became the catalyst for the rest of his life.
This uplifting tale of hope and determination, solidarity and ingenuity, gives vivid insight into the world-famous story that inspired the movie Alive! Canessa also draws a unique and fascinating parallel between his work as a doctor diagnosing very complex congenital cardiopathies in unborn and newborn infants and the difficult life-changing decisions he was forced to make in the Andes. With grace and humanity, Canessa prompts us to ask ourselves: what do you do when all the odds are stacked against you?
The second section of the book, is about competition techniques. “Low-Loss Flying,” safety, leeching, and under called tasking.
These articles on racing techniques are valuable for the non-race oriented cross-country pilot, since efficient flying is more enjoyable and allows you to fly farther and safer.
In the early Sixties there was almost nothing written on maximum-performance flying; we sort of picked it up by trial and error, mostly the latter.
The third section of the book comprises a sort of soaring biography, covering more than forty years of competitive and record flying. Some of the articles were written shortly after the events described, some, like “Chavenay,” were produced some fifteen years later. A few, like “HP-8 Days,” were written in the spring of 2004, describing events and feelings almost half a century old. What I hope they accomplish, collectively, is to give an idea of my personal changes in approach to soaring over a forty year period. In the early days, ship design and technology seemed like the cutting edge and fascinating. Later, especially as I gained more experience in World Championship level competition, I realized the winners were those who could best handle the psychological pressure. This interest culminated in 1997 and 1999 when I became U.S. Team Coach and started to study sports psychology and its applications to big time winning.
Several of the articles are about friends--some of them among the memorable people one meets in a lifetime. Unfortunately several are no longer with us as they were the sort of people who liked to stretch the envelope, see where the limits really lie. This section is a sort of soaring autobiography. You can tell a lot about a person by the kind of people he admires.
In a good year aerobatics is one of the most beautiful sports imaginable. Pilots pull through impossibly elegant figures, twisting their planes at hundreds of miles an hour. The stress on their bodies reaches ten times the force of gravity, but this is nothing compared to the strain on their minds and the tension in their souls. In a bad year no sport kills more of its participants. To fly really well and to win you must depart the land of the possible and enter a place of pure faith.
In this stunning literary debut, Joshua Cooper Ramo has crafted a meditation on the seduction of flight and a passionate love letter to a life of risk. It is partly the story of his own decision, after a decade of casual aerobatics, to transform himself into a serious competitive pilot aiming to finish high at the U.S. national competition. He introduces us to some of the greatest aerobatic pilots in the world: geniuses like Leo Loudenslager, a mild-mannered American Airlines pilot who spent his weekends redefining what it was possible to do in the air with a plane, flying figures so hard they made his eyes bleed as he whimpered with pain in the cockpit; or Kirby Chambliss, the Arizona pilot who performed figures just inches off the runway and sent his plane shooting through holes in cliffs.
The classics of flight and extreme adventure, West With the Night; Wind, Sand, and Stars; and Into Thin Air have brought a poetic vision to their subjects. No Visible Horizon is an elegant and thrilling exploration, not simply of a pilot's physical battle against gravity, but of his dream of perfection and his quest for faith.
With stunning photography, each part reviews one of the four main disciplines within the sport: Freestyle, Waveriding, Wakestyle and Course Racing. Within each part is a background to the discipline, the kit, profiles of prime locations, key events and some of the riders and brands who have come to define the sport.
With over 200 shots from the best photographers in the game, and comprehensive access to all of the main players within the sport, author Alex Hapgood has ensured that Kiteboarding: Where it's at... is the most comprehensive and visually stunning representation of the sport to date.
'An excellent overview of our sport with great imagery. Essential reading.
'A beautiful and comprehensive look at kiting. Drawn from a broad collection of the sport's best shooters, this book is full of great images of a strikingly visual and technically challenging sport.'
'Kiteboarding: Where it's at... is a great representation of our sport. It's awesome to have a book like this that shows the roots of the sport and what it has become today. Stunning photography and a real achievement.'
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