Million dollar idea up for grabs

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by maxpower097, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. maxpower097

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    Ok so I'm reading this about the accident with the model and plane propellor.
    http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blog...ren-scruggs-body-mangled-plane-214636964.html
    Then I think could this have been avoided if it were standard law that all small propeller aircraft have LED's embedded into the blade tips that turn on when the plane stops. That way at night time people can see the blades spinning. Like on RC heli's.
     
  2. strantor

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    man that sucks. walking into a giant vertical blender. :(
     
  3. jimkeith

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    The LEDs are the easy part--getting power to them is a little tricky--how about a wound stator on the rear hub of the propeller and permanent magnets on the front of the gearbox or engine?

    Better yet: fiber optics running from the tips to the hub, illuminated by a stationary high intensity lamp--opearte only when the engine is running landing gear is down.
     
  4. strantor

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    or a magnet on the plane and a coil on the prop. like a magneto in small engines for the spark.

    EDIT: DOH I said the same thing you said. why did I not realize I was saying the same thing?
     
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  5. jimkeith

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    @standtor--forgiven--I often fail to read and understand too...

    How do you protect blind passengers?

    Clearly pilot error in my book--how do you keep the plane from crashing? a more relevant issue
     
  6. maxpower097

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  8. thatoneguy

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    In the desert, rotors of full sized helos will emit a blue-green glow near rotor tips when they are worn. An aviation version of "St Elmo's Fire"

    There's a few pictures of them around, look for "Halo" with apache, osprey, blackhawk, etc.
     
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