The Airbus Perlan2 Team is celebrating over Labor Day Weekend! On Friday we received our FAA Airworthiness Certificate for the Perlan2. This is a huge milestone and mega kudos to RDD for their tireless efforts to get everything right. This was a critical step leading up to first flight. We now have the load test next week and the BRS parachute installation early the week after. After successful rehearsal flights with Dennis Tito's DG 1001 it will be time for the big event. We are hoping before the end of September for first flight...stay tuned!
At Redmond airport there was a comprehensive First Flight Coordination meeting. Several departments from the City of Redmond and several entities from the Redmond Airport sent representatives to sit down with RDD and the Perlan Team. Participating on-line were representatives from Airbus, Perlan Project, and the media. The Perlan Team was impressed with the expertise and cooperation from all parties. All the next precursor steps leading to First Flight were discussed. Very few modifications were needed.
Miguel and his team (John, Tim and Dave) working on the Simulator cockpit mock-up and the Beta version of the control feedback for the Simulator flight controls.
College professor Ed Warnock loves to show the Perlan 2 to interested folks. He especially delights in introducing youngsters to aviation.
A hangar that will house the Perlan 2 is under construction at the Minden Tahoe Airport. It will have an 85-foot door that will enable the Perlan 2 to go into the hangar fully assembled. The high altitude flight and envelope expansion testing of the Perlan 2 will take place here in the spring of 2016. The hangar should be ready for occupancy by mid-September 2015.
August 6-8, 2015 Airbus Perlan Mission II was a sponsor of a Teachers in Space Professional Development workshop for STEM Teachers. Perlan Team member Dr. Michael Batalia, Ph.D. taught part of the workshop. He is a member of the Perlan Science and Education Committees. The workshop was in Palmdale, California. The objective of the workshop was to give teachers hands-on training and experiences in planning, conducting and analyzing real science experiments at the edge of space.
The opening ceremonies for the first ever 13.5 meter World Gliding Championships were on August 1, 2015. The competition is scheduled for two weeks, with the prize giving ceremony on August 15, 2015.
Perlan Project Pilot Morgan Sandercock is there flying his SparrowHawk R under the Australian flag.
He faces an interesting fleet of sailplanes that vary from a Silent to a sawed down Diana 2.