State Board of Education: Seeking feedback Thursday at GRCC community forum

State Board of Education: Seeking feedback Thursday at GRCC community forum
2010_04_0254.JPG On Thursday, the State Board of Education is holding a community forum at Grand Rapids Community College, 151 Fountain St. NE, to get feedback on current education issues, education reforms, financing proposals, and potential …
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Hospitality forum canceled in Pittsburgh
A planned mayoral candidates' forum focusing on Pittsburgh's hotel and tourism industry has been canceled. VisitPittsburgh said in an email Monday morning that its May 10 forum was canceled after the organization heard the four candidates have decided …
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File-Sharing Forum Admin Jailed For Six Months
Following an initial investigation four years ago, a case against a file-sharing forum admin has just concluded with fines and a six month jail sentence. In 2009, French anti-piracy group ALPA launched an investigation into Infernio Advitam, a 10,000 …
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Chef-Turned-Internet Entrepreneur Oliver Kenyon Named Official “Spokespilot”

New York, New York (PRWEB) May 06, 2013

In a strategic move to bring a human element to the airline industry,, the world’s Premier Destination for Travelers, is bringing chef-turned-Internet-entrepreneur Oliver Kenyon on board” as the face of the company’s web property, international PR firm Silver Visibility announced today. offers a platform for frequent flyers and travelers to candidly discuss airlines and travel, and to share information related to their travels, all in one website. “We are extremely proud to have Oliver become the official ‘spokespilot’ of He’s an incredibly talented marketing expert and there’s no better person to grow the community and bring our brand to the millions of people who fly every year,” says an LLC representative. aims to bring a human face to the industry through Kenyon, thereby making him the consumer advocate to and “mascot” of the millions of travelers who fly every year. “Oliver brings his authentic character and genuine charm to an industry that is all about consumer experience, an LLC representative said.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of this project is that Oliver isn’t afraid to admit that he doesn’t actually fly. I hope in less than a year of piloting the brand, I will be ready to take to the skies, literally.” Oliver notes that he had taken on other formidable challenges in the past and has always succeeded. Piloting will certainly help me conquer this fear of flying, he says.

Kenyon has been very active in the strategic planning, development and marketing of community-based forums and seeks to add another successful brand to his UK-based Internet Marketing firm, Okenyon Webs.

“I am extremely excited to bring my community development and internet marketing expertise to the airline industry. It’s an honor to have the unique opportunity to bring frequent fliers from all over the world together engaging in discussions about all aspects of travel, including airline reviews, flights, hotels bookings, restaurant reservations, car rentals, discounts and more,” Kenyon says. “Oh, and when it comes to the food-related parts of travel, I DO speak from experience,” jests Kenyon.

About aims to redefine the industry for frequent flyers and casual travelers alike. The site provides travelers with instant access to everything they need to know about their upcoming travel plans on a unique platform with the latest in navigation tools. The site is simple to use and free for all users.

About Oliver Kenyon

From a young age, Kenyon considered several careers paths, from acting to music, graphic design to catering. It was the latter that first stole his heart and from the age of 13, he began working in a local kitchen after school.

Early on, Kenyon preferred to concentrate his time and efforts on pursuits he enjoyed. Cooking was definitely one of them; the other was computers. He has worked at the same restaurant on and off since age 13 as a chef and they have supported him through everything. In late 2011, Kenyon officially launched a site called It was this site that led him to leave his full time chef job and become an online entrepreneur. and Oliver Kenyon are represented by Silver Visibility Public Relations, an International PR Firm.

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: Hiller YROE-1 Rotorcycle, with Hiller Model 1031-A-1 Flying Platform, P-V Engineering Forum PV-2, Hiller XH-44 Hiller-Copter et al in background

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: Hiller YROE-1 Rotorcycle, with Hiller Model 1031-A-1 Flying Platform, P-V Engineering Forum PV-2, Hiller XH-44 Hiller-Copter et al in background

Image by Chris Devers
Quoting Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum | Hiller YROE-1 Rotorcycle:

In 1953, Hiller Helicopters developed the Rotorcycle to meet a U. S. Marine Corps requirement for a single-person collapsible helicopter that could support special operations missions or be air-dropped to pilots trapped behind enemy lines. Hiller built the prototype, and the British firm, Saunders-Roe built ten production models, including the five YROE-1s requested by the Marine Corps, including this one. The first flight of a Rotorcycle occurred in 1956.

The Rotorcycle was so stable a non-pilot could fly it after only eight hours of instruction. However, The Marine Corps did not accept the YROE-1 for military service because of its slow speed of 84 kph (52 mph), its minimal range of 64 km (40 miles), its vulnerability to small-arms fire and the lack of visual references on the structure, which could cause the pilot to experience spatial disorientation at all but very low altitudes.

Transferred from the United States Navy.

Rotor Diameter:5.64 m (18 ft 6 in)
Length:3.81 m (12 ft 6 in)
Height:2.29 m (7 ft 6 in)
Weight:Empty, 140 kg (309 lb)
Gross, 255 kg (562 lb)
Engine:Nelson YO-65-2 four-cylinder, two-cycle engine, 43 hp
Manufacturer:Saunders-Roe for Hiller Helicopters, United Kingdom, 1961

United Helicopters Incorporated

Country of Origin:
United States of America

Rotor diameter 18 feet 6 inches, height 7 feet, length 16 feet 6 inches, width 8 feet 9 inches.

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Quoting Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum | P-V Engineering Forum PV-2:

When Igor Sikorsky began to publicly demonstrate his VS-300 helicopter in 1941, he called it the automobile of the future. This idea quickly captured the public imagination and enthusiastic helicopter designers stepped forward to produce the next aerial version of the Model T. On April 11, 1943, Frank Piasecki became the second American to successfully fly a helicopter of his own design, the Piasecki-Venzie PV-2. He built it with far fewer resources than Sikorsky had available to construct the VS-300, yet the PV-2 flew with an unprecedented smoothness and stability. Ironically, Frank Piasecki intended his first helicopter design to be the forerunner of a revolution in personal transportation, but his company actually evolved into one of the foremost manufacturers of large cargo helicopters sold primarily to the military.

Gift of Frank Piasecki

Piasecki Helicopter Corporation

Country of Origin:
United States of America

Rotor Diameter: 7.7 m each (25 ft 2 in)
Length: 7.7 m (25 ft 5.25 in)
Height: 2.36 m (7 ft 9 in)
Weights: Empty, 327 kg (720 lb)
Gross, 454 kg (1,000 lb)

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Quoting Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum | Hiller Model 1031-A-1 Flying Platform:

In the mid-1950s, Hiller constructed a series of innovative Flying Platforms for an Army-Navy program as a one-man flying vehicle that the pilot could control with minimal training. The pilot simply leaned in the desired direction and the platform would follow. The platforms, which utilized the aerodynamic advantages of the ducted fan, were incapable of tumbling, because if the pilot leaned over too far, the platform would pitch up and slow down.

The 1031-A-1 is the second of the Flying Platform prototypes and was the first to operate out of ground effect (aerodynamic cushion caused by thrust hitting the ground). The Army contracted for a larger, improved model – the VZ-1 – but the extra engines required for redundancy if the primary failed made the platform so heavy that it was impossible for the pilot to control the craft kinesthetically (by leaning), defeating the purpose of the design.

Transferred from the United States Department of the Army and the United States Department of the Navy.

Fan Diameter (x2):2.13 m (7 ft) each
Platform Diameter:2.54 m (8 ft 4 in)
Height: 2.13 m (7 ft)
Weight:Empty, 168 kg (370 lb)
Gross, 252 kg (555 lb)
Engine:2 x Nelson H-59 two-cycle engines, 40 hp each
Top Speed:26 km/h (16 mph)
Manufacturer:Hiller Aircraft, Palo Alto, Ca.,1957

Country of Origin:
United States of America

Rotor Diameter: 2.1 m (7 ft) each
Platform Diameter: 2.5 m (8 ft 4 in)
Height: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Empty, 167.8 kg (370 lb)
Gross, 251.7 kg (555 lb)

Duct is fiberglass; rotor blades, operator platform, and guide vanes are made from aluminum sheet. Operator platform railing is made of aluminum tubing.

Physical Description:
One-man, twin-engine, flying platform with two counter-rotating rotors turning on vertical axis inside ducted fan.

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Quoting Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum | Hiller XH-44 Hiller-Copter:

In 1944, at the age of 19, Stanley Hiller, Jr. designed, built, and test flew the first helicopter with coaxial rotors to fly successfully in the United States. The XH-44 was also the first helicopter to fly successfully with all-metal blades and a rigid rotor. Hiller used the counter-rotating coaxial configuration to distinguish his designs from Sikorsky’s single main rotor designs that dominated the helicopter industry in the mid-1940s.

The first tie-down tests of the XH-44 took place on his parents’ driveway and the initial flight tests occurred at the University of California at Berkeley’s football stadium, where Hiller was a student. He initially tested the XH-44 with amphibious floats in his family’s swimming pool. Up-scaled coaxial Hiller designs failed to sell, but his company prospered with the introduction of the popular UH-12 single rotor model.

Gift of the Hiller Aircraft Company.

United Helicopters Incorporated


Country of Origin:
United States of America

Rotor Dia:7.6m(15ft); Fuselage Length:4.1m(13ft4in);
Height:2.7m(9ft); Weight Empty: 564kg(1,244lb)

Steel tube and fabric fuselage; 2 2-blade metal rotors

Forum Romanum.

Forum Romanum.

Image by Elias Rovielo
O Fórum Romano (em latim: Forum Romanum) era o principal centro comercial da Roma Imperial. Ali havia lojas, praças de mercado e de reunião. Também era o local onde exatamente ficava o coração comunal. Sequências de remanescentes de pavimento mostram que o sedimento corroído das colinas circundantes já levantava o nível do fórum nos primeiros tempos republicanos. Originalmente ele tinha sido terreno pantanoso, que foi drenada por Tarquínio com a Cloaca Máxima. Seu pavimento final de travertino, ainda para ser visto, data do reinado de Augusto.