Next section event : Thurs., May 15, 2014
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DATE:                THURSDAY, May 15, 2014
SPEAKER:         Joseph Caravella, Jr., Caravella Aerospace
TALK TITLE:     Design and Development of an "Affordable" Roadable Aircraft


Joe Caravella, Jr., founder of Caravella Aerospace, will share his journey to develop an affordable roadable aircraft. His presentation will cover the challenges and major conceptual design choices in their design, focusing on decisions that lead to an affordable vehicle. The application of this design approach to the single-seat, fixed-wing CaraVellair® will be shared. A chronological history of the prototype evolution will show how you too can build your own roadable aircraft. Finally, videos of the real-world test drives on local streets and highways will illustrate the complete road-ability of this design.

BIOGRAPHY – Joseph Caravella, Jr.

Joseph Caravella, Jr., earned his BS and MS degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at Purdue University, worked 10 years at Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, CA, then founded Caravella Aerospace in 2007 to develop an affordable roadable aircraft. He has spoken to audiences around the world about the design, analysis, construction and testing of the CaraVellairÔ£®. The prototype is street-legal and has logged over 1000 miles on public roads at speeds up to 70 mph including appearances at the San Diego Air & Space Museum and Mojave Air & Space Port.

Beckham Grill Restaurant, 77 W. Walnut, Pasadena, CA
6 p.m. Social Hour
p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. Program/Talk

The dinner meeting is open to both AIAA and non-AIAA members.
Cost :  
$25 for AIAA members (and one guest at member price), $30 for non-members, $10 for students, and FREE to members attending for the first time. Please pay cash at the door.

New:  Limited number of spots are available for those wishing to attend the meeting without purchasing dinner. The price is $10.

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Please include your name, names of your guests, and AIAA membership status in your RSVP.

Additional Events:

To be announced.

Sample of Previous Meeting Talks:
March 2014: Aeroscraft - Dragon Dream Airship
January 2014: Weather and Climate on Mars - New Insights from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
November 2013: Steve Isakowitz, Your Ticket to Space
October 2013: Sandy Magnus, former US astronaut: Perspectives from Space
October 2013: Tech Talk on 3D printing, aka Additive Manufacturing
August 2013:  Mysteries of Europa
May 2013:  Gen. Tattini, Deputy Director of JPL: Reflections on My Last 12 Years at JPL
March 2013:  Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS)
January 2013:  Is Global Warming the Real Deal? Are You Skeptical?
November 2012:  Mars InSight Mission
September 2012:  The 21st Century Conquest of Space
May 2012:  Installing Seismometers Around Every Corner: What can they tell us?
March 2012:  This Way to Mars: How Technologies Borrowed from Robotic Missions Could Deliver Astronauts to Deep Space
January 2012:  Mars Science Laboratory
November 2011:  Rainbow and Gusto: Stealth and the Design of the Lockheed Blackbird

September 2011: The Future of NASA's Human Spaceflight Program
May 2011: Miniaturization Technologies for Space Exploration & Their Crossover Applications
March 2011: Simulating Impact Performance of Structures
January 2011: California’s Sustainable Water Future
May 2010: Living on a Restless Planet: Using Space Technology to Study Earthquakes, Aquifers, Volcanoes, and More
March 2010: The Mars Rovers