Test flight #1

July 17, 2014, by Frank Flocke


Picture by Sam Hall

Snowflake (or November One Three Zero Alpha Romeo, as the flight controllers call the NCAR/NSF C-130 Research Aircraft) did great today. And so did all the instrument inside.

We had a very successful test flight today. All instruments performed very well, and we got a good fell for what we can do out there. Our flight plans are so different from what normal aircraft do (we fly at low altitude, we fly zig-zag patterns over interesting emission areas, such as downtown Denver, the Denver-Julesburg Basin, or the forested areas in the mountains) and as a result air traffic control (ATC) has to get used to us as well.

Everything went great and we look forward to the first science flight!




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