Back at work, after spending yesterday working from home. My cold symptoms are mostly abated but the sinus congestion yesterday was still in moderate drip mode, plus I was basically making croaking noises instead of being able to talk in the morning. Thanks largely to the good people at Reckitt Benckiser (they make Mucinex DM), I was able to put the worst of that at bay, and I even got to sleep properly last night, which was a nice change. I took one of the twelve hour tablets this morning before leaving for work, so hopefully it'll e all right the rest of today.
Unrelated to the illness stuff.... I'm taking an online course in introductory aeronautical engineering. It's an edX course and it's free so it's not for credit, just an honor certificate, but it seemed like it would feed into the helicopter training at least in terms of learning principles. We had a question we had to answer on class forums yesterday, during intro week- we had to name people we considered among the greatest aviation pioneers.
A lot of people named the Wright Brothers, obviously, and Chuck Yeager got some mentions, as did Amelia Earhart. A lot of students mentioned Alberto Santos-Dumont, which is only fair and right. (Btw, if you're into steampunk, you want to learn about this man, because Alberto Santos-Dumont gave you one of the most iconic modes of transportation in the genre. Alberto Santos-Dumont designed, built, and flew the first practical dirigible. YOU BETTER RECOGNIZE.)
Anyway. Sorry. Um, there were plenty of others, obviously, including an Ottoman Empire genius named Hezarafen Ahmed Çelebi who developed an early form of glider, and Otto Lilienthal, and a lot of other people. My votes were for Igor Sikorsky, obviously- he didn't invent the heilcopter but he and his team were the ones who made rotary wing flight as we know it today reliable and practical- and Louis Bleriot, the first man to get a powered, piloted monoplane off the ground- and for one other person who wasn't actually a pilot: United States Air Force Colonel Doctor John Paul Stapp
, whose contributions to aviation were of the "what horrible things can go wrong when the flying machine stops working, and how can the people on board survive it" variety. Most of which information was acquired by strapping himself into high powered vehicles, accelerating them to ridiculously high speeds, and then making them stop RIGHTTHEHELLNOW. All things considered, that's kind of important.