I want to be able to fly gliders as “pilot in command” in the USA via a US FAA license issued reciprocally on the basis of my Australian one.
I also want to be able to fly powered aircraft in the USA on the same basis, but that is actually fairly simple. It is the glider part that isn’t, due to some unique aspects of the way gliding is administered in Australia.
Because the process turns out to be surprisingly hard (and non-obvious in places), I have documented it here, in the hope that it might help someone else in the future.
That said, please – only read on if you enjoy the sheer masochism of aviation paperwork… along with the unavoidable acronym soup involved in anything specialised…
When I took delivery of my Tesla Model S, I knew that it had a lot of cool hardware that was slated to be enabled progressively in future software updates. Forward looking radar, steering-wheel control servos – all sorts of nifty things.
This morning, my son Felix found out about a very cool piece of hardware that has been quietly built into cars manufactured since late last year that include the ‘cold weather’ (or ‘subzero’) package.
That device genuinely raised the bar. It was a watershed in the design and interaction model of a portable computing device. No mobile device company has designed a mobile phone or tablet device since then, without some level of reference to and comparison to the iPhone.
Model S is the product of a company lead through the rare talents of another visionary entrepreneur, Elon Musk.
When looking at this vehicle, it becomes immediately clear that this product – and its design team – will have a comparable impact in the transport sector over the coming few decades.
Its been a long time coming. Back in 2012 I ordered a Tesla Motors Model S, on the day they were announced. I believe that my car was order #69 in the world, and at the time there was no guarantee when – or if – they’d be sold in Australia.
A few weeks ago, and around 60,000 Model S vehicles later, my shiny new Pearl White and Carbon Fibre Black P85+ is finally in its home in Adelaide, South Australia.
Since I happen to have done reasonably well in business, I receive semi-regular pitches from companies seeking my interest in the potential of investing in them.
I got one the other day that I loved, but for the wrong reasons.
I loved it because it looks like its author found a generic ‘please invest in me’ form letter somewhere, filled in the blanks, and just fired it off to lots of people he’d read about somewhere on the Internet, expecting money to fall out of the sky in response.
I’ve turned it back into a generic form letter by simply putting generic field names back into it.