Jonathan Arbib

Travelling & Outdoors

Mooney Ovation 3: Turbo Performance Without The Turbo

by on Dec.31, 2013, under Leisure, Travelling & Outdoors

[source: Plane and Pilot Magazine]

Say what you will about American cars, but America builds some of the best civilian airplanes in the world. In the lower rungs of general aviation, especially trainers through four-seat retractables, American flying machines have virtually no equal.



Take, for instance, the Mooney M20R Ovation 3. The current M20R is a third-generation Mooney, the beneficiary of a half century of development. Designer Al Mooney inarguably got it right the first time out of the box back in the 1950s when he created his four-seat M20. While today’s airplane is light-years ahead of its ancestor in performance, comfort, systems, aerodynamics and electronics, you can still see the heritage of design—the arrogant, vertical tail; short, rubber doughnut gear; and tall baggage compartment.

Though it may not be the airplane Luke Skywalker would fly, the basic four-seat Mooney has aged at least as well as Christie Brinkley (who, more than coincidentally, is the same age) while nearly doubling climb rate and adding almost 100 knots to cruise speed.

In fact, Mooneys have consistently enjoyed speed disproportionate to their horsepower. The type has been among the world’s fastest and most efficient personal airplanes since its inception. Today, the Mooney Acclaim S is the acknowledged leader in the turbocharged class, notching near-turboprop speeds on a measly 280 hp.

Similarly, the Ovation 3 is the quickest normally aspirated single—quite simply (or not so simply) the fastest production airplane above the planet without a blower under the bonnet. The Ovation 3 features essentially the same 310 hp Continental engine used on the Cessna Corvalis 350 and the Cirrus SR22-G3. (The only significant differences are associated with repositioning some items to accommodate the Mooney’s retractable nosewheel.)

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BioLite CampStove and HomeStove

by on Dec.31, 2013, under Gadgets, Leisure, Tech Junk, Travelling & Outdoors

BioLite develops and manufactures advanced energy products that make cooking with wood as clean safe and easy as modern fuels while also providing electricity to charge cell phones and LED lights off-grid. We feel a strong sense of responsibility not just to develop products that work well but also to create businesses that make a positive contribution to the global community.

We believe in market-based approaches to poverty alleviation. By creating solutions that are effective, affordable and desirable to the end user, we can reach more people more effectively. Sales of the CampStove help to support the one-time market establishment costs for the HomeStove. This is not charity, or a one-for-one model, but simply the capital needed to incubate self-sustained energy access for the people who need it most.

The BioLite team together has over 30 years of product development experience and holds more than 30 utility patents. Previous clients include OXO, Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett Packard, Nike, Lego, Church and Dwight, Pepsi, GE, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Motorola, and Bosch. More than 90% of our developed products have gone on to be successful in the market.


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Nun Assisi Relais & Spa Museum Hotel

by on Dec.24, 2013, under Leisure, Travelling & Outdoors

Had the best weekend break in Assisi, central Italy, with my girlfriend in this five-star Spa Resort!

Nun Assisi Relais & Spa Museum Hotel.


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Build your own climbing wall

by on Aug.22, 2012, under Leisure, Travelling & Outdoors

Here is a collection of information to build your own climbing wall

Great all-round resource for an indoor-outdoor climbing wall

Another good resource for information on designing your wall and executing the build


Cyber Boulder How To (pdf)

Good guide in Italian on executing the work and parts needed

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A Life Revealed

by on Aug.22, 2012, under Leisure, Photography, Travelling & Outdoors

Many of us have seen this image, of a young Afghan girl with piercing green eyes. This photo first appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1985. After 15+ years, the original photographer found the woman again and took follow up pictures.



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