HEY THERE EVERYONE, I’M
STAFF SERGEANT TRACI KELLER WITH YOUR LOOK
AROUND THE AIR FORCE. THE U-S SENATE HAS CONFIRMED
DOCTOR HEATHER WILSON TO BE THE NEXT SECRETARY OF
THE AIR FORCE. THE FORMER CONGRESSWOMAN AND AIR
FORCE ACADEMY GRADUATE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR
ORGANIZING, TRAINING AND EQUIPPING THE FORCE’S
660,000 ACTIVE, GUARD, RESERVE AND CIVILIAN
AIRMEN, DOCTOR WILSON REPLACES LISA DISBROW, WHO
HAS BEEN ACTING SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE SINCE
JANUARY. THE U.S. AIR FORCE TEST PILOT SCHOOL
IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM INTERESTED OFFICERS
AND CIVILIANS. THOSE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A
TEST PILOT, TEST COMBAT SYSTEMS OFFICER, TEST
REMOTELY PILOTED AIRCRAFT PILOT OR FLIGHT TEST
ENGINEER ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. APPLICATIONS ARE
DUE BY JUNE 16. TO REVIEW APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA, HEAD TO THE MYPERS WEBSITE,
SELECT “ANY” FROM THE DROPDOWN MENU, AND SEARCH
“TEST PILOT”. HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED HOW A CRICKET
STOPS CHIRPING THE MOMENT YOU WALK INTO A SPACE?
THAT’S BECAUSE IT HAS FINE HAIRS THAT SENSE A
DISTURBANCE. WHAT’S THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE AIR
FORCE? WELL AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB SCIENTISTS
ARE USING THIS TECHNOLOGY TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF
AGILE FLIGHT. THAT’S RIGHT. THE LAB’S
ARTIFICIAL HAIR SENSOR TEAM HAS CREATED A
LIGHTWEIGHT ARTIFICIAL HAIR SENSOR THAT MIMICS
THOSE USED BY NATURAL FLIERS-LIKE CRICKETS OR
BATS. WITH A DIAMETER OF LESS THAN ONE-TENTH OF A
HUMAN HAIR, THE SENSORS WORK WHEN AIR FLOWS OVER
THE FIBER, COMPRESSING THE CARBON NANOTUBE, CAUSING A
CHANGE IN THE RESISTANCE BETWEEN THE ELECTRODES.
THIS INFO IS ANALYZED BY A “BRAIN-LIKE” NEURAL
NETWORK, WHERE AN ALGORITHM PROCESSES AND
DICTATES A RESPONSE. THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY WILL
SATISFY THE NEED FOR ‘FLY-BY-FEEL’ SYSTEMS,
WHERE AERIAL SYSTEMS HAVE DISTRIBUTED SMART SENSORS
TO ASSESS THE EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT AND CHANGE
MANEUVERS DURING FLIGHT. AND THAT’S YOUR LOOK
AROUND THE AIR FORCE.