This Month's Meeting

President's Message

January 2018 General Meeting


Thursday, January 18, 2018


Protocol Restaurant
6766 Transit Road
Williamsville, NY 14221

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6:00 PM - Cash Bar
7:00 PM - Dinner - $23.00 per person

Please join us this month when long time Aero Club Member, Norm Weingarten will speak to us regarding "History of In-Flight Simulation at Calspan".

Norman Weingarten has had a 44-year career at Calspan/Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (CAL) as an aeronautical engineer, project engineer, and Program Manager in the company's Flight Research Department. Over this time period he participated in over 40 In-Flight Simulation programs and many other projects related to aircraft flight control and flying qualities. These projects utilized six of Calspan's In-Flight Simulators (T-33, B-26, TIFS Convair-580, X-22, VISTA F-16, and Learjets). He has also participated in US and foreign aircraft flight control review and accident investigation projects.

Mr. Weingarten will describe Calspan's (and its predecessor Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory-CAL) history covering the development and operation of artificially augmented, Variable Stability Aircraft and In-Flight Simulators. Starting with the Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtiss (yes, they founded companies which were the direct predecessors of Calspan) and continuing through to the current Learjets and Variable In-flight Simulator and Test Aircraft (VISTA) F-16, he will describe the genesis, development, interesting features, and significant projects of all of Calspan's simulator aircraft.

Norman Weingarten is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He has served on the AIAA Flight Simulation and Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Committees and is the author of 24 AIAA technical papers.

We are honored and humbled to have had him in service to our organization. Please do not miss this opportunity to hear about a signature chapter of our region's aerospace history from one of the great contributors.

For any changes or questions regarding your reservations, please call Fran Bainbridge at 833-4978.

Larry Cobado
88th President, Aero Club of Buffalo


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