I’m currently in Toulouse for 3 weeks, so I’m not working on any “physical” project. However this article is about an other project that I’ve been working on for 6 months.
I’ve always been in trouble when I had to find a gift for someone so I created a website which gives you suggestions … a lot of suggestions.
The website is available here : ProfesseurCadeau.fr however it is in French only, so don’t go there if you don’t speak french (sorry about that).
homepage of Professeur Cadeau
You simply enter the age and gender of the person that you want to please, then you select some keywords about how the gift is (for instance if you want a funny gift or a useful one). You then select the budget and finally, a selection of gifts is displayed like so :
This was a very interesting project (while writing this I realize that I always say that … maybe all my project are simply awesome ? 😛 )
Link to the website : ProfesseurCadeau.fr
Twitter : https://twitter.com/pr_cadeau
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ProfesseurCadeau
I already wrote an article about the trackers. Now here is the other water bomber based on the Dash 8 Q400. Its capacity is big : it can hold 10t of fire retardants.
The pictures were taken at Cannes during the unfortunate fire that happened at the North of Nice at the beginning of July 2017. Almost half of the french fleet was dedicated to this fire (1 Dash, 6 Trackers and 4 Candairs + 1 Beech for surveillance + helicopters).
For the moment there are only two “MILAN” in France, their callsin is Milan 73 and Milan 74. But the french government has just announced that they will purchase more Dash in order to replace the Firecat Trackers which are getting old.
In this video, I created a ring box from oak wood. It was the first time that I used wood to create something very small. It was once again an interesting project. The result is not perfect but good enough to do what I had to do with it.
I found the idea of using scotch to join the 4 pieces together on a video and it was very useful (especially for such a small box).
It is the first I sew in a project, It could have been better.
The overall budget was very low (except for the ring). I bought a miter box which was very helpful. However I regret the fact that is in plastic as it is more flexible …
I’ve juste uploaded a short video showing the different steps of the creation of my worldmap clock.
It was a highly interesting project, as it was the first time that I mixed two different things I like : IOT & woodworking. It don’t have much experience with wood but I love the idea of making something from trees !
In order to fight fires in France, the Sécurité Civile has a big (but old) fleet of 26 airplanes. Among them the most known is the CL415 (popularly called “Canadair” which is in fact the manufacturer). Their callsign is Pelican followed by the number on the tail of the aircraft. During their mission there are usually 2 to 4 of them.
3 pelicans low pass during and exercice near Cannes
But this article is about the Firecat Trackers who are less known but still effective against wild fires. Initially these aircraft were used on USA aircraft careers so they are very easy to manœuvre which is perfect to fight fires (especially in areas with mountains).
Unlike CL415 they cannot scoop on the water. They have to be refilled on the ground in places called Pelicandrome.
There is one in Cannes that can be seen on this chart :
It is placed near the threshold of the runway 17 (used more than 90% of the time) so they can take off very quickly.
Holding points A1 and A2 are used by “normal” aircraft and a Tracker at the Pelicandrome
Their callsign is Tracker followed by the number of their tail. There are 9 of them in the French fleet. They are now based in Nîmes Garons (South of France, roughly between Montpellier and Marseille). In order to gain time (every minute is precious with wild fires), 2 of them will be based in Cannes during this forthcoming summer.
They usually fly by two, in a relatively close formation. They have priority over other aircraft (which makes the situation complicated during heavy load of traffic in Cannes). Each one can carry 3000L of water (usually fire retardants).
Trackers 01 and 24 vacating the runway
2 trackers landing
They are getting old will be retired in 2020 (initially it was supposed to be 2008). We don’t know yet which one will replace them. But for the moment it is a pleasure to see the professional pilots using their skills in order to save lives !
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I recently visited the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and it was a great experience (official website).
The building itself is already beautiful
It was a very challenging experience in terms of photography because of the luminosity that was very different from one aquarium to an other. The white balance was different every time so I had to change my settings almost between every shots.
Here are my best shots (most of them were taken using my 50mm F1.8).
It finally happened, my first solo flight. After a bit more than 4 hours and this machine it went solo for the first time (I had 15 hours of flight before in a course but I wasn’t allowed to go solo for insurance reasons).
Here is a little video summing up my flights up to the big moment :
Music : Krewella – Surrender the throne