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waterBack for May’s presentation “Water: Mistress of Disguises” by Alan Black. The properties and behaviors of this tiny molecule are astounding and the effects can be devastating; from floating a boat to crashing an airliner.
In 500 BC, water was considered by many secular philosophers as the sole fundamental principle in nature. Thales of Miletus said, “It is water that, in taking different forms, constitutes the earth, atmosphere, sky, mountains, gods and men, beasts and birds, grass and trees, and animals down to worms, flies and ants. All these are different forms of water. Meditate on water."

This presentation begins with the water molecule; its properties, manifestations and behaviors; and weaves the tale of how these characteristics manifest themselves in the fun, excitement and dangers that abound when we mix airplanes, speed, and temperature with that most abundant and indestructible chemical element, Hydrogen Hydroxide!

DAF’R Alan Black, PE,CSP,CFI-A is an Engineer with over 30 years of engineering, project management and safety experience in a variety of areas.
In the early days, he developed information display systems, symbology, and weapon aiming solutions for the high stress environment of the fighter aircraft cockpit and helmet-mounted display system. His duties also included system development for the OH-58 and Tornado aircraft and flight testing in Toulouse and Taichung. Later, he built theme parks and attractions worldwide with Disney and Universal Creative.

Starting in gliders at the ripe old age of nine, he is now an instrument-rated commercial pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, Advanced Ground Instructor, Aircraft Dispatcher, and FAASTeam Representative. In addition to tonight’s presentation, he has given presentations on Owner Authorized Maintenance, Vision: Believing is Seeing, Hypoxia and Other In-Flight Medical Emergencies, and Malignant Winds-Happy Runways.