NASA using super computer to make helicopters faster, stronger and SHHhhhh! quieter

nasa helicopter rotor vortex cross section

NASA helicopter rotor vortex cross section

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“Helicopters and rotorcraft provide many useful civil and military functions without the need for airports and runways. However, accurately predicting vehicle performance and noise production is very challenging and requires a more accurate technical approach to understand the interaction between rotor blades and the rotor blade vortices. Scientists supporting NASA’s Subsonic Rotary Wing Project are developing state-of-the-art simulation tools to more accurately predict these flowfields. Use of these tools provide new insight into the rotor wakes, and will help improve rotorcraft performance. This snapshot of a V-22 rotorcraft in hover shows a cross-section of the blade vortices and turbulent flow, where magenta is high vorticity (spin) and blue is low. The Pleiades supercomputer at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing facility has allowed scientists to greatly improve the prediction accuracy of rotor blade aerodynamics. These tools will allow engineers to develop faster and quieter rotorcraft with larger lifting capability.”
Image Credit: NASA/Ames Research Center/Neal Chaderjian and Tim Sandstrom

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New Helicopter Game Released

One of our students pointed this out to me… It looks like it could be pretty fun!

Here is a trailer:

take on the game helicopter trailer

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Griffith Observatory form LA Helicopter Tour

Helicopter ride Griffith Observatory

View of the Griffith Observatory form a Los Angeles helicopter ride

Here is a nice example of the sites you will see on a Los Angeles helicoper ride. This picture was taken on one of our flights today. We also saw a crazy amount of dolphins along the coast! There were at least 10 pods wih 4 to 10 dolphins each.

Dolphins California Helicopter tour LA

Dolphins surfacing seen from LA helicopter tour

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Flying in LA

Helicopter in Los Angeles

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain

Los Angeles Helicopter Tours October 2011

Check out this video clip: Malibu Coast Helicopter Tour October 2011

October started out with some beautiful weather here in Los Angeles! We have been very busy here at Lite Flight. The clip shows a section of the 45 minute signature Los Angeles helicopter tour The weather and lighting at the time made this flight almost surreal! Because of the calm water and crystal clear visibility we were able to see a lot of dolphins! I would say we saw 6 pods of over 10 dolphins each! Call Today!

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