November 4, 2009
Ever want to take your three-dimensional navigation skills to a whole new level? Then check out the Triton 1000, now on display in the AOPA Aviation Summit exhibition hall.
The Triton 1000 is one of four different personal submarine designs manufactured by Triton Submarines LLC of Vero Beach, Fla. A Triton spokesman says that the $2 million submarine is aimed at a niche market—those with large yachts and a yen to collect ever more high-tech toys. A promotional shot shows a helicopter perched on the top deck of yacht, and a Triton on the fantail.
Triton makes two- or three-man subs that can go as deep as 3,300 feet. The subs have a hydraulically actuated claw, redundant safety systems, and thrusters for maneuvering. Also aboard are backup oxygen and battery systems. If all else fails and you’re stranded on the bottom, you can jettison the 400-pound claw assembly and head for the surface. Typical endurance times are in the six- to eight-hour range, but yet another emergency system lets you extend submerged time to as much as 72 hours.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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