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FAA and Mitigation of the Impact of Weather

How the FAA mitigates the impact of weather. FAA air traffic controllers can’t control Mother Nature, but they have a wide range of tools to mitigate Mother Nature’s impact on the flying public. These tools are used at the agency’s Command Center in Warrenton, VA, which balances air traffic demand with system capacity on a nationwide scale, at Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC), which handle high altitude traffic, at Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities, which handle traffic around busy airports, and at airport towers.

Helicopter History for Kodiak, AK

In the 1880s, the well-known scientist and inventor Thomas Edison experimented with small helicopter models. He tested several rotor configurations driven by a gun cotton engine, which was an early form of internal combustion engine. A series of explosions and other mishaps deterred further experiments with these engines. Later, Edison used an electric motor for power, and he was one of the first to realize from his experiments the need for a large diameter rotor with low blade area to give good hovering efficiency. Unlike other inventors of the times, Edison's more scientific approach to the vertical flight problem proved that both high aerodynamic efficiency of the rotor and high power from an engine were required if successful flight was to be achieved.