Not long ago, I went to an air show in my local area. They had the famous Oracle stunt pilot doing tricks, it was amazing to see how much power that aircraft had and how effortlessly Mr. Turner the stunt pilot was able to control it. It was as if he was flying around a remote-control airplane, pulling six negative G’s at several times during the flight. No thank you, I’m getting too old for that myself, but he sure was having a lot of fun, you could tell by his voice on the radio when he was speaking directly to the crowd relaying through the microphone on the ground.
We all know that we can take video cameras and video tape these excellent airshow routines, but what if we could turn them into a holographic show? We could use this to teach other stunt pilots, but it might also be great to play indoors by turning off the lights and perhaps playing it back in a high school assembly hall or gymnasium. Can you imagine the benefits for teaching young aerospace engineers the importance of mathematics, and all the forces and pressures put on an airplane during such maneuvers. The instructor or professor could start and stop the holographic show at any time, explaining all the forces that were pushing on the aircraft or trying to pull it apart.
Visualization is the most important thing when learning technical engineering, especially aerospace engineering, as there are a lot of forces involved, and it is pure physics. By getting a better understanding of what is happening, and what the aircraft is going through, this will give the aerospace engineers better insight into the data they are processing while they figure out the materials and structures needed for that level of performance. Interestingly enough, I’ve been flying since I was a young teenager, and most of these things come very easy to me.
This is because when I am figuring out the best design for an aircraft, I visualize myself flying the aircraft and dealing with the relative wind, or doing the aerobatic maneuvers myself. I think in terms of lift, thrust, drag, and the weight of the plane. Some of these concepts are difficult to visualize and understand if you are not a pilot. However, it might be just as good to demonstrate a holographic airshow inside of a gymnasium to all these future aerospace engineers. They might be so intrigued that they decide to go for an aerospace career path, and work very hard in math and science to get to the upper levels. Please consider all this and think on it.