Paulo Iscold's Nixus put air under its wings for the first time March 4 at Castle Airport (formerly Air Force Base) in Merced, California. The goal of the Nixus project was to to push the limits of the soaring sport, as well as bring innovation to general aviation. Continue reading "Paulo Iscold's Nixus Fly by Wire Sailplane Project"
Paulo Iscold, 40, has been announced as the 2016 winner of the EAA’s prestigious August Raspet Memorial Award, which recognizes an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of light aircraft design. Notable past recipients include Dick VanGrunsven, Burt Rutan and Paul Poberezny. Continue reading "Paulo Iscold Receives August Raspet Memorial Award"
Cool planes, World Records, Shiny Trophies
[UPDATED with video from the awards ceremony] The third annual Mojave Experimental Fly-In was held Saturday April 18 at the Mojave Air and Space Port. As usual uber-cool ships were everywhere (see Tom Wilson's photo blog), and the event was preceded Friday by a flour-bomb drop, poker-run and indoor model flying/slumber party. The fly-in culminated with a dinner hosted at the Stu Witt Center featuring keynote speaker Mike Melvill, a commercial astronaut and long-time Scaled Composites test pilot. In addition, NAA records-certifier Brian Utley gave a summary of the new (and as yet unofficial) world records set during the week leading up to the fly-in (see records below).