Automobile magazine – NKY Zine http://nkyzine.com/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 04:48:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://nkyzine.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/favicon-1-120x120.png Automobile magazine – NKY Zine http://nkyzine.com/ 32 32 How the right network equipment can boost overnight business operations https://nkyzine.com/how-the-right-network-equipment-can-boost-overnight-business-operations/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 22:10:32 +0000 https://nkyzine.com/how-the-right-network-equipment-can-boost-overnight-business-operations/ Why good Wi-Fi is essential for business operations “More often than not, what we experience is simply a loss of connection to the network,” says Wayne Shuster, Service Manager at Hansel Ford. This is a big deal for auto service technicians because modern cars are sophisticated and require network-connected diagnostic equipment to identify and fix […]]]>

Why good Wi-Fi is essential for business operations

“More often than not, what we experience is simply a loss of connection to the network,” says Wayne Shuster, Service Manager at Hansel Ford. This is a big deal for auto service technicians because modern cars are sophisticated and require network-connected diagnostic equipment to identify and fix problems.

“We need this network to communicate with the vehicles and then connect to Ford through this wireless network,” says Shuster. “We also use tablets in the store, and these tablets are used to record vehicle specifications during routine maintenance.”

Mikayla Lopez, head of customer experience for Hansel Auto Group, said she often had to use her mobile phone as a wireless hotspot when filming videos for Hansel’s social media accounts and to perform other aspects of his work.

“It was pretty frustrating to be kicked off the network or just have this really slow latency,” Lopez said. “It was really difficult.”

The problem was compounded by the fact that Hansel had a mix of networking technologies from different vendors installed in different locations – and by the fact that some of this equipment was managed by a third party while other parts were managed by internal staff, led by IT manager Joshua Demitro.

MORE WI-FI: How to get seamless connectivity from anywhere.

Cisco Meraki Wi-Fi 6 Equipment Offers Major Upgrade

Demitro decided to deploy Cisco Meraki networking technology and Wi-Fi 6 access points to all Hansel sites. This decision allowed the company to move away from its third-party supplier and easily manage the network internally.

“We were really confident in the tools that the Cisco Meraki platform provided us with,” says Demitro. “It gave us all the tools we needed to feel confident and manage on our own without having to go through too much complexity. All the tools we really needed to troubleshoot and keep the infrastructure secure were built into the product.

Wi-Fi 6 technology enables much faster connection speeds and up to 75% lower latency. With the introduction in Wi-Fi 6 of orthogonal frequency division multiple access, which allows signals to be transmitted from routers and access points to multiple endpoints at the same time, Wi -Fi 6 communicates better with multiple devices than previous generations of Wi-Fi technology.

For Hansel, the results were immediate.

“It’s much better,” Lopez says. “I can actually use the Wi-Fi, so it’s perfect for someone who manages social media accounts. I don’t hear many complaints from our customers anymore and our salespeople are very grateful for that.

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Winn-Marion: Solutions for energy evolution https://nkyzine.com/winn-marion-solutions-for-energy-evolution/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 17:59:17 +0000 https://nkyzine.com/winn-marion-solutions-for-energy-evolution/ See this article in BOSS Magazine Turnkey automation specialists Winn-Marion Companies have been solving customer problems with emerging technologies for almost half a century. Next year, the Denver-based company will celebrate 50 years of service to the industrial process and semiconductor market, providing value-added process instrumentation and control solutions across a wide range of industries. […]]]>

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Turnkey automation specialists Winn-Marion Companies have been solving customer problems with emerging technologies for almost half a century. Next year, the Denver-based company will celebrate 50 years of service to the industrial process and semiconductor market, providing value-added process instrumentation and control solutions across a wide range of industries. With 12 offices in the Rocky Mountain region, Texas and Pennsylvania, WM is present in oil and gas, architectural and engineering, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, mining and food and drinks, to name a few.

They have been active in the energy business from day one, providing equipment and support to many of the coal-fired power plants that were under construction in the Rockies in the 1970s and 1980s. More recently, WM has achieved success esteemed in oil and gas by providing automation services to producers in the Denver-Julesburg, Bakken, Permian, Marcellus, Uintah and Delaware basins, among others.

As today’s oil and gas production companies strive to reduce their carbon footprint, they plan for a more electrified future and build the infrastructure to support the EV service trucks that will help them achieve that goal. . “Charging electric vehicles is another iteration of our journey in the energy industry,” said WM President Tim Bradley.

The company continues to support customers in coal and oil-fired power plants, nuclear power plants and clean-burning natural gas-fired heat recovery steam plants, in addition to all of their other markets as they turn to the future. “Just as we have moved from horse and carriage to infrastructure to support the automobile, it looks like our next transition is to electric vehicles and DC fast charging infrastructure to support it,” he said. he declared.

The desire for increased energy efficiency permeates all industrial markets, and there is no room for waste. Noting that the mantra of the moment for WM customers is “bigger, faster, stronger,” Bradley warned that as the EV infrastructure in the country grows, some vendor and OEM missteps have led to a lack of consumer confidence based on inoperative chargers. Greater attention to detail prevents these missteps. “Our approach is to accompany the customer throughout the process from start to finish, from quotation to physical installation and commissioning with our qualified electricians and technicians. “

The company is also participating in the emerging market for zero-emission electric vehicles. At the 2021 Denver auto show, WM provided fast DC charging for Xcel Energy’s Electric Ride and Drive event. “We were able to complete the vehicles in record time and continue the journeys without interruption,” said Bradley. WM also equipped the Boulder School District with the ability to quickly charge Colorado’s first electric school bus.

“Thanks to a business partner, we are also working on a think tank project, converting a 1988 Pontiac Fiero into an electric vehicle via a Tesla transplant,” he revealed. Prior to this company, they also adapted a 1969 VW Beetle from gas to electric. “These projects have allowed many of our team to learn about the industry and technology and make us much stronger as a partner in this game.”

To be a strong partner in the industry, you need alliances with strong partners, and for WM, partnership is essential. One of these partners, ABB, has grown and evolved with WM over the decades. More recently, WM created a “One ABB” customer experience by integrating ABB offerings from six divisions into a single, convenient channel. ABB’s state-of-the-art products include precision variable frequency drives that help reduce power consumption and compact ultra-low harmonic drives that eliminate disturbance to electrical systems caused by harmonics.

In response to the supply chain crisis, WM is working with several of its manufacturers to modify products so that they can reach customers and meet their needs quickly. “Other companies, like Hydroplex, have always kept their casting operations in the United States, which avoids the port issues that we see, ”Bradley said. WM works with high pressure pump and system innovators to automate and apply throttle valves used in the oil and gas industry.

Along with WM, Hydroplex is helping to develop the E&P sector towards more energy efficient and ecological components. Bradley noted that Hydroplex looks at every little point of its design to eliminate inefficiencies, making it a better and more energy efficient solution, such as its chemical injection port which prevents line freezing and reduces l use of chemicals. “By associating their valves with Valvcon electric actuators also prevent the release of greenhouse gases that you will see with other gas-powered options, ”he added.

Along with their efforts to save energy and increase the effectiveness of the customer opportunities they support, WM helps them meet critical safety obligations through partners such as Conspec controls. “They have a full line of gas detection systems that give our customers the confidence to enter a room or shelter and know they have good air to breathe and that they are not at risk of damage. ‘explosion,’ said Bradley of the company, whose US-based manufacturing operations help eliminate supply chain problems.

“Winn-Marion has always been a great partner and supporter of new and innovative products for Conspec Controls,” said Doug Boyce, Senior Director of O&G Business Development at Conspec.

“In short, the five-plus years of partnership with WM have been very fruitful. Together we have been able to move a very strong and established competitive base. Many leading E&P companies in our territory now use our product lines thanks to the combined efforts and synergy of our two companies. “

Boyce attributes this successful affiliation to WM’s shared trust and confidence in their products, particularly in their life-saving gas and flame detection technology, and the knowledge that Conspec will support their efforts and their customers. “WM is definitely one of our strongest channel partners in my area of ​​responsibility, and I really enjoy working with all of their staff in sales and service,” he said.

In addition to ensuring their safety, “Winn-Marion gets our customers moving. And hot. And come out of the darkness. Bradley’s statement is an integral part of WM’s mission to continue to evolve and find better ways to serve as the industry reshapes itself for the future.

SALES: Winn-Marion Barber, LLC strives to represent only the best manufacturers in the industry.

These premium products allow our customers to get the job done right the first time, every time.

We don’t just sell products and wish you the best of luck. We can help with startup, integration and customization tailored exactly to our customers’ needs.

Assembly of control valves, repair of governors, and fabrication of remote power systems are just a few examples of these services.

SERVICE: WM Automation Service, LLC provides complete turnkey automation for oil and gas wellheads.

Our staff’s years of oil and gas field experience prove invaluable to our customers in identifying measurement and automation problems, but more importantly, solutions.

Scheduled calibrations and gas sampling services by our experienced technicians ensure accurate results and regulatory compliance.

CONTROLS: Winn-Marion, Inc., provides a full integration service for plant control, including associated instrumentation.

Speed ​​regulation is just one of our specialties. You can also count on us for air / fuel ratio control, catalyst systems, load sharing and training.

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Domers in the news | Stories | Notre-Dame review https://nkyzine.com/domers-in-the-news-stories-notre-dame-review/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 11:15:00 +0000 https://nkyzine.com/domers-in-the-news-stories-notre-dame-review/ In 2018, Adm. Christopher Grady ’84 became the first four-star general officer with a diploma from Notre Dame. He is now in a position to become the country’s second military officer after President Joe Biden appointed him in November to become vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The current commander of US Fleet […]]]>

In 2018, Adm. Christopher Grady ’84 became the first four-star general officer with a diploma from Notre Dame. He is now in a position to become the country’s second military officer after President Joe Biden appointed him in November to become vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The current commander of US Fleet Forces Command, Grady was appointed ensign after serving in the Naval ROTC program at Notre Dame. In nearly four decades of military service, he served as the Commander of the U.S. 6th Fleet and NATO Strike and Support Forces, as well as the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and the U.S. Naval Forces in Africa. . . . MacKenzie Isaac ’20 was appointed Rhodes Fellow 2022, one of 32 recipients selected from 826 applicants. After graduating with a sociology degree from Notre Dame, where she served as the Student Government Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Isaac spent a year with AmeriCorps in her native Indianapolis working on pedestrian safety and pedestrian prevention. chronic diseases. She is now a graduate student in health education at Teachers College, Columbia University. At the University of Oxford, Isaac will pursue a doctorate in population health. . . . Praise be to Hallow, the Catholic prayer and meditation app that topped one million downloads and announced in November that it had completed a $ 40 million fundraiser to bring its total to over 50 million in dollars for 2021. Led by the co-founder and CEO Alex Jones ’15, Hallow offers 3,000 guided meditations and free content rooted in the Catholic spiritual tradition. A paid option gives subscribers access to the full catalog of the application. With the new round of funding, according to Jones, Hallow will be able to make additional content available for free, introduce more languages ​​and double its staff. . . . Classical architects have been thinking at least for millennia, so what’s a one-and-a-half-year delay? This is roughly the time that elapsed between the news that Gerald Bauer ’17M.Arch had received the 2020 award for Emerging Excellence in Classical Tradition and its public acceptance of the award in October 2021. The Milwaukee-based architect was selected from a global pool of applicants. The Prince’s Foundation, the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, which awarded the prize, praised Bauer’s research and construction work for their focus on “restoring beauty and sustainability in the global architectural discourse”. Accepting this honor, Bauer said: “As designers, I think we have an immense responsibility in shifting the emphasis of our contemporary discourse from egocentric and ephemeral to that of humanity, of permanence. and social responsibility. ” . . . Joe Donnelly ’77, ’81J.D. was appointed Ambassador to the Holy See. Pending confirmation in the United States Senate, the former Catholic senator from Granger, Indiana, would be the 13th American envoy to the Vatican since President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II opened diplomatic relations in 1984.. . . In 2012, David Walker ’81 became President and CEO of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, which provides financial and other assistance to wounded veterans. Walker has been a volunteer and board member since the organization’s founding in 2004. His years of service earned him the inaugural Frank Prautzsch Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Veterans Academy. “Sir. Walker’s actions inspire others to dream more, to learn more, to do more and to become more,” said Assal Ravandi, president of the organization. “Through his leadership, he has inspired our community an eternal hope of success. ”. Pat Byrnes ’81 always wanted to be a designer, but he studied aerospace engineering to appease his parents. He worked in the industry for about a year before entering advertising. He also dabbled in improv comedy and voiceover work, sidelining his cartoon ambitions for about a decade. Now it’s his livelihood, drawing for the Cagle Cartoons syndicate and appearing regularly in The New Yorker. Byrnes, Agaña, Guam’s brother Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes, recounted the long road to his initial dream in an October profile in Detroit Catholic, the archdiocese’s digital news service where he grew up. . . . The Michigan Historical Society has been in existence for 193 years. During that time, only eight people received the organization’s highest honor. Fawn Ryan Nelb ’75 is the latest, receiving the company’s History Hero Award in September. Archivist and author of five books and more than 50 articles on document preservation and other subjects of local history, Nelb told his hometown Midland Daily News that unearthing the past from documentary evidence is akin to detective work. “For me, it’s about telling a story,” added Nelb. “It’s life changing when you can bring this story to life. “. . . His stepfather restored vintage cars, including a 1906 Buick Model F that Alan Page ’67 and his late wife, Diane, inherited, and whom the Hall of Fame defensive lineman and former Minnesota Supreme Court justice still leads today. Page shared the unique challenges of the vintage automobile in a November article in The Wall Street Journal. “The fuel supply, for example, is on the steering column, with the spark advance,” Page told the newspaper. “You have to adjust the spark every now and then, so that the fuel ignites properly.” The car has two gears – a low speed and a “high” speed – and over time its two-cylinder charm won over Page, who says the car might not move as fast but takes time to move. to slow down. “To stop this car, you have to think well in advance,” he said. “If you were used to driving modern cars and driving this one, you would think it has no brakes at all.” . . . Jennifer Tooker ’91 was elected in November as the first woman elected from Westport, Connecticut, the city’s chief executive. Tooker spent four years as a second selectwoman, and the former insurance industry executive has been active in the community for many years. She and her Republican running mate Andrea Moore “understand that listening is one of the most important skills of a leader,” Tooker told a local newspaper. “We know that our job is to run a municipal government that works for you effectively and efficiently and that, above all, has your best interests and priorities at heart. “. . . And the Emmy goes to Liz Hynes ’17, who, along with other writers from Last week tonight with John Oliver won honors for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series at the Television Industry’s Top Awards in September.

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An in-depth look at the culture of the slab in Houston https://nkyzine.com/an-in-depth-look-at-the-culture-of-the-slab-in-houston/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 13:03:12 +0000 https://nkyzine.com/an-in-depth-look-at-the-culture-of-the-slab-in-houston/ “A slab is not a car.” Lil Keke begins an enlightening interview with this baffling statement. “I don’t mean a lack of respect in this,” he continues. “But the term slab… The slab was concrete. This is the black top. The slab is Martin Luther King, McGregor Park, Kappa Beach, you know, Carros on a […]]]>

“A slab is not a car.” Lil Keke begins an enlightening interview with this baffling statement. “I don’t mean a lack of respect in this,” he continues. “But the term slab… The slab was concrete. This is the black top. The slab is Martin Luther King, McGregor Park, Kappa Beach, you know, Carros on a Saturday night. It was the slab.

Slabs, or better yet, slab culture – the act of “holding the slab” – is a Houston original. An art form and a lifestyle born here in the town of Bayou. A culture shaped by its environment in a city shaped, literally, by highways. Houston, more than any other city in America, is a suburban city. A huge metropolis linked by wide, fast highways and tangled networks of viaducts. Highways that divide the city into neighborhoods and neighborhoods, often becoming physical representations of income disparity and racial divisions.

Marcus Lakee Edwards, best known on and off the stage as rapper Lil Keke, was instrumental in the genesis of slab culture. Yet in the first few moments of our interview with him, he dismantled our very notion of what the word means. Tiles, as they are commonly understood (or perhaps misunderstood), are heavily modified automobiles.

Large body luxury American coupes and sedans – Cadillac, Lincoln, Buick, etc. – painted in unusually bright candy shades; equipped with enough speakers to trigger car alarms; equipped with high-end accessories such as fifth wheels and neon signs on the trunk; and, more importantly, fitted with aftermarket metal spoke rims called ‘swangas’, ‘elbows’ or ’84s’. The original 84s were the factory wheels fitted to some 1983 and 1984 Cadillac models, although the term now extends to heavily exaggerated replicas made by aftermarket parts maker Texas Wire Wheels, which may expand. 12 to 22 inches beyond the profile of the car. .

When we think of American car enthusiasm, we tend to think of NASCAR, Jeeps, classic muscle cars and road trips on Route 66. We imagine Steve McQueen in a fastback Mustang, Carroll Shelby in a Cobra 427, and smugglers of smuggled whiskey in bloated Ford coupes.

But what comes to mind when we see the sparkle of candy paint and chrome swans? What cultural association do we have with the trunk noise of a car supposed to be heard before it is even seen?

Plate culture is a quintessentially American and deeply Southern self-enthusiastic subculture. The one that is almost inseparable from the regional music which influences it so strongly. While the origins and true definition of the word, as Keke informs us, is rather obscure, some consider the modern use of the term SLAB (meaning car) to be an acronym: slow, strong, and bangin ‘. A nod to the role that hip hop and, more specifically, aftermarket sound systems play in building the car.

“You just created a car from scratch,” says East Up J Hawk, owner and builder of slabs in Houston for over a decade. “You know, pretty much a hoopty. That’s what they call it. J Hawk built their first slab, a 1990 Buick LeSabre, in 2007 and since then have built and showcased cars. Today, he drives a 1996 Buick Park Avenue in unmistakable candy orange. “I always build mine from scratch,” he explains with great pride.

In the south, nascent forms of plate culture existed within black and brown communities dating back to the early 1970s. These trends emerged from the popularity of Blaxploitation films and the extravagant cars they featured. Chrome Cadillacs with fifth wheels integrated in the trunk, sleek and powerful muscle cars like Shaft’s Chevelle SS. Like so many exaggerated and ironic images of the Blaxploitation Era, cars have found their way into the real world, adopted in Houston and other cities by pimps, drug dealers and street con artists like material symbols of wealth.

Here, however, this automobile culture, this expression of black prosperity, met the advent of another, more regionally original culture, the Houston rap. “That’s all that mattered to us,” says rapper and car collector Le $, whose foray into tile ownership came years after cars became part of hip-hop culture. “Get amps, speakers, and just have the loudest trunk. At some point in the early to mid-90s, the long-standing culture of modifying cars for purely aesthetic purposes, a practice that had already spawned the lowrider scene in LA, merged with an emerging brand of hip hop. local.

As artists like DJ Screw and members of the iconic Screwed Up Click (SUC) shaped the rap landscape of Houston, cars have become essential to the material culture of hip hop. Once symbols of crime, these large modified boats on wheels have become the material proof of a rapper’s success. “That’s where it all came from,” says Kandy Red Bread, owner of the slab and influencer. “Because a rapper did it. Fat Pat had a pancake, and it was candy red. This is the reason why I assembled my car.

Like J Hawk, Kandy Red Bread is a known patty owner, an influencer in a renaissance community. He and his candy-red Lincoln Town Car have made appearances everywhere from Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival to a recent documentary on Vice. “I feel like he’s earned that national respect,” he says. “Supercar Blondie, she came here and did something with us. Anthony Bourdain, he came here and did something with us. We’re growing more and more.

Believe it or not, the slabs weren’t always the beloved cultural symbol that they are today. In fact, they were once at the center of a violent period of criminal unrest. An infamous era of robberies, drive-by shootings and regional hostilities known simply as the ‘north / south beef’. “It really comes from the north and the south,” says J Hawk. “The crawl ride and the candy paint, you know?” They had DJ Screw in the south and DJ Michael Watts in the north.

In Houston, it’s generally believed that Robert Earl Davis Jr, under the stage name DJ Screw, invented the choppy, screwed-up hip hop style that defined the Houston music scene in the 1990s. Screw’s signature “Screw Tapes “would become not only himself, but also his closest Southsiders collaborators and colleagues – artists like the late Fat Pat and the aforementioned Lil Keke – nationally recognized rap stars. In an era when Houston was even more strictly divided by neighborhood boundaries, Screw’s success and bragging rights extended to her community.

As southern Houston neighborhoods like Sunnyside, South Park, and Third Ward were suddenly brought to life by the sights and sounds of their native sons, some northerners felt bitterness at the apparent rise of the south, especially when it manifests itself in the form of slabs. “It started behind some cars,” Keke explains. “Me and Pat are leading the way. I’m just being honest. We didn’t even know we would end up being stars, we would end up being Pat and Lil Keke. Our tapes were for us. They were for us in our minds at 19, 20 [years old]. We made the tapes for the people on the south side to hear it, but you know, on the north side, they heard it anyway.

The animosity sparked by Screw’s tapes, combined with the loud, car-centric showboating of southern rappers, was like gasoline for a flame. Soon slabs and fine cars in general were regular targets of robberies and vandalism.

It wouldn’t take long for the Northside to develop their own champions. The rise of DJ Michael “5000” Watts and the founding in 1997 of his now iconic label Swishahouse would give the north its own stars. Names like Paul Wall and Slim Thug have risen through Houston’s rap ranks, feeding regional beef through their music and challenging southern superiority on the asphalt with their awe-inspiring rides. “The south side would be rolling in candy red and the north side would be blue,” says J Hawk.

Regional hostilities would eventually come to an end, in large part thanks to the efforts of Keke, Slim, Paul Wall and others. In truth, the slab culture’s journey from an illicit underground activity to a beloved regional culture is reminiscent of other forms of self-enthusiasm. Much of our national obsession with the automobile is rooted in our cultural fascination with rebellion. Slabs and their enduring popularity reflect this fascination.

Today, slab culture survives beyond the violence and neighborhood wars that once defined it. He is more popular than ever, having gained respect and cultural acceptance outside of Houston. “It’s really silly to see him have this resurgence,” Le $ recalls. “When you go out on Sundays at MLK and you see all these dope photographers just capturing the visuals, these are just people living their lives. And, this is Houston.

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5 ways eVTOL got bigger in 2021 https://nkyzine.com/5-ways-evtol-got-bigger-in-2021/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 12:57:17 +0000 https://nkyzine.com/5-ways-evtol-got-bigger-in-2021/ It’s only been a few years since the birth of the Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) movement, but by 2021 companies were already removing major barriers to success in financing, aviation partnerships, and infrastructure. Over 150 manufacturers and startups around the world are developing entirely new designs for air taxis, ambulances, regional airliners, and […]]]>

It’s only been a few years since the birth of the Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) movement, but by 2021 companies were already removing major barriers to success in financing, aviation partnerships, and infrastructure.

Over 150 manufacturers and startups around the world are developing entirely new designs for air taxis, ambulances, regional airliners, and even green and hover cargo carriers. None have obtained FAA or EASA certification, although several companies are planning certification as early as 2023 or 2024.

It’s all driven by the promise of a trillion dollar market and a chance to help solve two looming 21st century issues: carbon emissions and urban traffic jams.

Let’s take a quick look at five of the most important developments of the year in eVTOL, and their importance:

1. Main fundraising activity

California-based eVTOL makers Archer Aviation and Joby Aviation as well as Germany’s Lilium and Britain’s Vertical Aerospace raised hundreds of millions of dollars in new capital in 2021, stay afloat until commercial income begins to flow.

Instead of launching traditional Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), Archer, Joby, Lilium and Vertical Aerospace merged with Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPAC) to accelerate their IPOs. As a result, they became publicly traded stocks. By mid-December, the shares of all four companies were trending down from their opening prices.

Nonetheless, the new funds have helped them expand their operations and development towards certification of their aircraft.

The IPO also helped boost the credibility of eVTOL and the air taxi business model in general, the experts said.

While Volocopter canceled its SPAC plans, Embraer’s Eve Air Mobility took the opposite direction and decided to merge with a SPAC in 2022.

In September, Morgan Stanley named Joby a potential favorite with an “overweight” rating. Analysts said they expected Joby’s shares to perform better in the future and beyond others in its sector of the market, which is estimated to be worth $ 1 trillion by 2040. .

2. Airlines are interested

United Airlines raised eyebrows in February when it announced a billion dollar interim deal to buy Archer eVTOLs, which.

This was especially important because at the time of the announcement, Archer had not yet announced an aircraft prototype or tested one. The deal showed investors that it has the backing of one of the world’s largest airlines and best-known aviation brands. In December, Archer successfully completed the first flight of its two-seat autonomous demonstrator, Maker. The brief hover test proved for the first time that Archer’s design could fly. The flight also put Archer in the same league as other eVTOL makers who have effectively flown demo planes including Lilium, Joby, Wisk Aero, and others.

Archer Aviation first flew its Maker demonstrator in a brief hover test on December 16. [Courtesy: Archer Aviation]

Six months after Archer’s deal with United, Lilium followed suit with a billion dollar deal to sell 220 eVTOL to Brazilian airline Azul. The following month, UK-based Vertical Aerospace partnered with helicopter operator Bristow Group to develop and purchase up to 50 eVTOLs.

Lilium, based in Germany, reached an agreement in 2021 with Brazilian airline Azul. [Courtesy: Lilium]

In Japan, Volocopter announced a deal with Japan Airlines work on “permanent” air taxi operations in Japan, with a commercial launch “in the next three years”.

JAL has also entered into an agreement with the aerospace leasing company Avolon to buy or lease up to 50 eVTOLs from Vertical Aerospace. Agreement reflects Avolon’s contract with Brazil Gol airline to buy or lease up to 250 eVTOL Vertical Aerospace.

3. Big Push to build vertiports

You cannot operate an air taxi airline without ground infrastructure. For eVTOLs to become truly viable, strategically located vertiports will need to provide efficient facilities for boarding and exiting aircraft, charging batteries, and daily aircraft maintenance.

Technical infrastructure can be expensive, which is why major eVTOL companies have announced partnerships in 2021 to build new facilities or to reuse existing ones.

For example, Archer and Joby both announced vertiport partnerships with Reef, the largest owner of parking garages in the United States. Reef’s network includes more than 4,800 garages spread over 70 percent of the urban population of North America.

In the United Kingdom, Hyundai has teamed up with the British startup Urban-Air Port to build 65 “electric urban airports” around the world. Hyundai’s eVTOL subsidiary has a broader plan to build 200 “electric air mobility hubs” around the world by the end of 2026.

In Los Angeles, city officials and Volocopter began working this year with Urban Movement Labs, a government-community transportation partnership, to work with neighborhoods on planning potential vertiport locations.
“Infrastructure is a key to unlocking the eVTOL industry, as it is necessary to make the product useful to customers,” said Robin Riedel, partner at management and consulting firm McKinsey & Company, which analyzes and tracks disruptive aerospace and airline industries. “At the same time, they are complex and require real investments and development processes that often take years. “

4. Businesses target Asia-Pacific

The industry has sent strong signals this year that the Asia-Pacific region could be a leading eVTOL market.

Volocopter has announced a major partnership with the Chinese company Aerofugia. A new company, Volocopter Chengdu, will work with the Chinese government to launch the eVTOL service by 2026.

In neighboring South Korea, the Germany-based company conducted the country’s first flight demonstration of its prototype 2X in November, signaling Volocopter’s plans to establish an air taxi service there.

Brazilian company Embraer has also claimed the Asia-Pacific region. Embraer’s Eve Urban Air Mobility subsidiary has entered into an agreement with helicopter reservation platform Ascent to deliver 100 eVTOLs by 2026 to operate in Bangkok, Manila, Singapore, Tokyo and Melbourne, Australia.

Honda unveiled its eVTOL design concept in 2021. [Courtesy: Honda]

5. Automakers want a piece of eVTOL

As well in 2021, Honda and one of Detroit’s Big Three, Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), have gotten into the eVTOL game.

In addition to nearly a century of vehicle production and project management know-how, the involvement of these historic builders provides a powerful vote of confidence for an untested 21st century transportation idea.

Stellantis, the parent company of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram, provides Archer with cockpit design elements and advanced composite material capabilities.

Honda is developing its new aircraft as part of a “mobility ecosystem,” which would include ground transportation, air transportation and a reservation service system.

Car manufacturers in aviation? It’s somewhat reminiscent of an auto entrepreneur in the 1920s who decided to get involved in the nascent aviation industry. You may have heard of him. Henry Ford ended up producing a small airliner called the Ford 5-AT Tri-Engine, which has played a major role in the widespread acceptance of air transport.

And after

By 2022, the eVTOL industry shows no signs of slowing down.

Archer, Joby, Lilium and others are expected to continue developing prototypes, moving closer to type certification of their planes with aviation regulators. Lilium plans to carry out flight tests in Spain with the aim of obtaining EASA type certification in 2022.

Joby says he’s on track to earn his FAA Part 135 certificate in 2022, which would allow the company to operate as a limited liability airline. It intends to operate traditional, existing and certified aircraft until its eVTOL achieves type certification, expected in 2023.

Swedish company Jetson Aerospace set to deploy ultralight, home-made eVTOL Jetson ONE in 2022

Also expected in 2022: the first flight of Vertical Aerospace’s eVTOL prototype.

For the eVTOL industry as a whole, the coming year promises to bring many hurdles, including the development of complex technologies, compliance with regulatory requirements and investor satisfaction.

Other key eVTOL stories in 2021

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Connecting the past to the future – Wrightsville Beach Magazine https://nkyzine.com/connecting-the-past-to-the-future-wrightsville-beach-magazine/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://nkyzine.com/connecting-the-past-to-the-future-wrightsville-beach-magazine/ A Brief History of the South Banks Channel Bridge 1888 Footbridge completed in front of Island Beach Hotel 1889 Wilmington Sea Coast Railroad, Co. builds trestle for wagon 1935 Two-lane wooden bridge built to accommodate automobile traffic 1972 Current four-lane concrete bridge built Fall 2022 Renovations should be completed South Banks Channel Bridge 2021. Photo […]]]>

A Brief History of the South Banks Channel Bridge

1888

Footbridge completed in front of Island Beach Hotel

1889

Wilmington Sea Coast Railroad, Co. builds trestle for wagon

1935

Two-lane wooden bridge built to accommodate automobile traffic

1972

Current four-lane concrete bridge built

Fall 2022

Renovations should be completed


South Banks Channel Bridge 2021. Photo by Allison Potter

The South Banks Canal Bridge at Wrightsville Beach turns 50 this year and, coinciding with this milestone, the fixed bridge is undergoing a $ 3.7 million renovation from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to repair and preserve the structure. concrete.

The south exterior lane will remain closed to traffic for the duration of the project, which will continue through much of 2022. It is estimated that tens of thousands of visitors cross the bridges to enjoy Wrightsville Beach during the summer months. summer.

The project includes the repair of the beams and the approach slab and the replacement of the bridge joints.

“Every time you go under that boat bridge and look up you can see exposed reinforcement steel, the salt water is eating it,” says Wrightsville Beach Mayor Pro Tem Hank Miller, a resident of Harbor Island. “You have to make sure that the structural integrity is still there. The repairs will extend the life of the bridge into the future.

When the two barrier islands off the Carolina coast became popular with summer vacationers and residents, the only access until 1888 – except, of course, by boat – was via a walkway extending from the hammocks, now South Harbor Island in Wrightsville, later known as Ocean View Beach.

In 1889, a trestle bridge built by the Wilmington Seacoast Railroad Co. for its passenger cart replaced the gangway.

The open-air cart transported visitors from downtown Wilmington, picking up others along the way, to cross the Banks Canal, dropping passengers off at stops along Lumina Avenue before ending at the famous Lumina Pavilion, the three-story oceanfront attraction that opened in 1905.

South Shore Canal Bridge c. 1926. Courtesy of Al Creasy

For 25 cents, visitors could take a tram ride and enter the Lumina, where entertainment options included outdoor movies on the beach, live big band music, and dancing on the dance floor of high level. Many famous big groups of the time, including Vaughn Monroe, Benny Goodman and Guy Lombardo, performed at the Lumina.

A two-lane wooden bridge was built in 1935, the first to bring automobiles across the Banks Canal from the sound side to the beach. A raised footbridge ran along the way to the west.

Scott McKinnon, a native of Wrightsville Beach and professor at the Wrightsville Beach History Museum, fondly remembers those early days. In 1946, he and his family moved to Harbor Island. McKinnon frequented the two-lane wooden bridge from the hammocks to the beach.

South Shore Canal Bridge c. 1945. Courtesy of the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science.

“I crossed the catwalk on the bridge, I can’t tell you how many times. I was at the beach almost every day. We would leave in the morning, maybe come home for lunch, maybe not, ”McKinnon laughs.

He was in the first graduating class of Wrightsville Beach Elementary School in 1953 and worked summers at the Crest Movie Theater in high school. The Lumina continued to draw visitors across the wooden bridge in the 1950s. The large orchestras and dances of previous years were replaced by performances by local musicians and roller skates.

South Banks Channel Bridge late 1950s. Courtesy of Al Creasy

“The Jetty Jumpers, a popular local band, was a favorite,” McKinnon says. “The large dance floor has become an ice rink. I spent many nights in the summer rollerblading with friends. You would introduce yourself and your friends would be there.

The existing four-lane concrete South Banks Canal bridge on Causeway Drive (US 76) was built in 1972. The bridge preservation is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022.

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Satoshi Seed Bitcoin Self Identity https://nkyzine.com/satoshi-seed-bitcoin-self-identity/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 https://nkyzine.com/satoshi-seed-bitcoin-self-identity/ “The computer can be used as a tool to liberate and protect people, rather than to control them. ” – Hal Finney The Internet was fundamentally designed to connect machines, not people. Over the eons, the intersection of market and human engagement has been where humans love to play and explore the possible. From early […]]]>

“The computer can be used as a tool to liberate and protect people, rather than to control them. ” – Hal Finney

The Internet was fundamentally designed to connect machines, not people.

Over the eons, the intersection of market and human engagement has been where humans love to play and explore the possible. From early hominids bartering around the campfire or haggling in old village open-air markets, to online e-commerce, banking and finance, we dream and visualize what we could generate, then we we engage in exchange to make it happen. We meet new people, negotiate the prices and terms of a deal, and in short, create and build from the engagement. The “hardness” and durability of the currency, as well as any intermediation or brokering of engagement, profoundly affects the quality of our mutual engagement. Therefore, the “hardness” of money and the actual “conception of engagement” have everything to do with our quality of life and provide the trajectory of our progress and development. This is of paramount importance as we move forward into the digital age where tomorrow’s market, commerce and financial integration in gaming and social media engagement design dematerialize analog commerce and develop huge global digital economies.

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Toyota unveils its full electric range – Gadget https://nkyzine.com/toyota-unveils-its-full-electric-range-gadget/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 08:47:12 +0000 https://nkyzine.com/toyota-unveils-its-full-electric-range-gadget/ This week, Toyota held a press conference on its EV Battery Strategies (BEVs) and unveiled 16 Toyota and Lexus BEV models that it is preparing for market launch, including the all-new Toyota bZ4X slated for the next year. During his presentation, Chairman Akio Toyoda announced that the company will roll out 30 BEV models and […]]]>

This week, Toyota held a press conference on its EV Battery Strategies (BEVs) and unveiled 16 Toyota and Lexus BEV models that it is preparing for market launch, including the all-new Toyota bZ4X slated for the next year.

During his presentation, Chairman Akio Toyoda announced that the company will roll out 30 BEV models and expects sales of 3.5 million BEVs worldwide by 2030. The Lexus brand aims to make BEVs stand for 100% of total sales in Europe, North America and China by 2030.

Toyoda passionately explained why and how it has long invested in BEVs and other options for carbon neutrality: “We aim to achieve worldwide sales of 3.5 million battery EVs per year by 2030. all vehicle segments by 2030 and that battery electric vehicles account for 100% of its vehicle sales in Europe, North America and China, for a total of 1 million units worldwide. And it aims for battery-electric vehicles to represent 100% of its global vehicle sales by 2035. ”

He explained that we live in a diverse world and at a time when it is difficult to predict the future. “Therefore, it is difficult to satisfy everyone with a single option. That is why Toyota wants to prepare as many options as possible for our customers around the world. We believe that all electrified vehicles can be divided into two categories, depending on the energy they consume. One category is that of “carbon reduction vehicles”. If the energy that powers the vehicles is not clean, the use of an electrified vehicle, regardless of its type, would not result in zero CO2 emissions.

“The other category is that of ‘carbon neutral vehicles’. Vehicles in this category run on clean energy and achieve zero CO2 emissions in the entire process of their use. At Toyota, we will do everything possible to make such vehicles. The Toyota bZ means going “beyond zero”. Freedom of movement and driving pleasure for everyone. Our goal is not only to reduce CO2 emissions and other negative impacts to zero. Our goal goes beyond these, ”says Toyoda.

The Toyota brand now offers more than 100 models of motor-only vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles in more than 170 countries and regions. The Lexus brand has launched more than 30 models of motor-only vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in more than 90 countries and regions.

Toyoda says, “In addition, we will expand the options for carbon neutral vehicles by offering a full line of battery electric vehicles. Specifically, we plan to deploy 30 models of battery-electric vehicles by 2030, offering a full range of battery-electric vehicles globally in the passenger and commercial segments.

“Lexus sought a unique style and a unique driving signature and, as a pioneer in hybrid electric technology, refined its electrification technology. And now Lexus is entering a new chapter. That’s the name of our electrification efforts here at Lexus. Extracting the vehicle’s full potential using electrification technology… This is what electrification means for Lexus.

“We will deliver a unique electrified Lexus that combines linear motor acceleration / deceleration, braking feel and exhilarating handling to further pursue driving pleasure. In particular, we believe that the EV battery will become the future symbol of Lexus as the model that most clearly expresses the evolution of the automobile induced by electrification.

“We believe that our accumulated experience is an asset that gives us a competitive advantage. Going forward, we will increase our new battery investment from the 1.5 trillion yen announced in September to 2,000 billion yen, with the goal of making even more advanced, high quality and affordable batteries. “

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Vintage Engines: Rebuilt To Drive https://nkyzine.com/vintage-engines-rebuilt-to-drive/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://nkyzine.com/vintage-engines-rebuilt-to-drive/ The culture of classic and vintage cars is diverse. It’s more than muscle cars. Along with the unmistakable rumble of American V8 power, vintage European and Asian brands are also part of the regular landscape, and there are high-end events around the world that showcase some of the most sought-after models from legendary manufacturers. like […]]]>

The culture of classic and vintage cars is diverse. It’s more than muscle cars. Along with the unmistakable rumble of American V8 power, vintage European and Asian brands are also part of the regular landscape, and there are high-end events around the world that showcase some of the most sought-after models from legendary manufacturers. like Pierce-Arrow, LaSalle, Cord, Auburn, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes and Duesenberg – to name a few. As we all know, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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With all these different cars, what’s one thing they all have in common? People are leading them. Sales of trailers are down. Road rallies are on the rise. Insurance companies have developed policies that encourage us to drive. Gone are the days of letting a good car sit to avoid a stone chip or bird droppings. These are cars intended for the road.

Building or rebuilding an engine for a classic car isn’t a new concept, and whether you’re talking about a classic muscle car or an American V8, engine builders are doing it day in and day out – building everything from a formidable daily driver to a top street brawler-horse-steamer. The aspects of this type of work are familiar to most of us, and engine builders can easily speak from experience and read their customers to find out exactly what they are looking for.

As for the parts, if they are not available locally, we are jumping online for the power of the internet and they are usually not available for more than two or three days (obviously that timeline has changed around the time of COVID). The information is there too, if we need it we can easily find a complete reference library at hand.

But what about some of those vintage brands? I had to understand that the process might be a little different for some of them, especially some of the less common ones. I had a few ideas on this, but rather than speculate, I took a first-hand perspective and spoke to R&R Auto Restorations in Mount Kisco, NY. They specialize in European brands from the 50s, 60s and early 70s and the owner, Randy Elber, is passionate about restoring vintage cars.

Rebuilding the engine in one of these classics takes on an identity of its own, but getting a feel for it begins with an overall assessment of the vehicle, the owner’s intentions or goals, the cost, and the financial effect on the vehicle at hand. from a value point of view.

The first step is to assess a car from front to back and then set goals with the customer. When a car arrives, it receives the minimum time investment of an 8 hour day just for inspection. Everything is reviewed including the condition of the body and paintwork, fit of the trim, interior condition, wiring, fuel system, brakes, engine condition – including a compression check and road test whenever possible.

With a full vehicle condition assessment, Elber can then present the vehicle owner with a plan for the project. Some cars benefit from a complete restoration, which does not require any explanation. Others are preservation style cars, where the overall condition is good enough that rebuilding the mechanics results in a reliable, usable car with an originality worth its weight in gold.

Elber focuses first on what the owner wants to do with the car. “Some guys might want to run the show circuit for a year and then do road rallies,” Elber said. Some people don’t care about shows and just go to rallies so the car has to be bulletproof.

Elber does all the disassembly and assembly in-house, but works with other local workshops for machine work, explaining that the majority of them mainly build high horsepower domestic V8s, which is a plus. for what he does.

“The advantage of working with machine shops that have experience with racing cars is that I try to build things that are durable,” Elber explains. “Their experience with this type of performance allows them to understand what works and what doesn’t. “

The goal is to make the engines durable and reliable, as opposed to increases in performance or horsepower. “A lot of European engines have a small displacement, so there isn’t much to work with,” he says. “In many cases, you really don’t have the option of increasing the potency.”

He went on to explain that the compression ratio, combustion chamber and valve size, intake ports, exhaust systems and cam profiles all remain original, but they take advantage of better pistons. and better materials when rebuilding.

Embracing the same passion for cars as their owners, Elber developed another reason for keeping the original engine origin. “It’s the whole car and demonstrates what they originally did, like high revs and high speed cars,” Elber said. “They all have different personalities and that’s what makes it fun.”

Although the general design and specifications remain the same in order to retain the original characteristics of the engine, balancing is one of the main objectives of R&R during a rebuild. Elber explained that the tolerance on many original components of these older engines was as low as 5 grams, and modern tolerances are now half a gram or less. It again relies on the machine shops it works with for balancing without affecting the integrity of the original components.

Crankshafts and connecting rods are generally in good enough condition to be reused and there is much that needs to be done to repair them. If the bearings cannot be found, sometimes they will need to find a nearby shell and have it coated to get the correct tolerance. Elber said that from the late 1950s to the 1960s you can usually find shop manuals that reflect engine specifications and clearances, but this can be difficult on some older vehicles. He draws on other engine shops and their experience to advise him on these types of specifications and tolerances when building an engine.

Piston ring deviations, Elber explained, are calculated according to the rule of thumb and what current technology allows, and the hardening of the camshaft is much better than before, which adds to longevity and durability. engine reliability.

“Sometimes we have to do a lot of head work with the valve guides, including re-soldering the holes and fabricating the guides,” Elber explains. “A lot of exhaust valves didn’t have valve seals in the 1950s, they were just tight-machined, but these days not many people like to see a puff of smoke when starting up. It is common practice to machine custom tops on valve guides so that we can install gaskets to remedy this problem.

If pistons need to be replaced, some can be ordered, but others must be manufactured. “For Mercedes, you can get pistons,” he says. “Other brands like Ferrari and Alfa Romeo or Lancia, we have them manufactured. “

As for gaskets and gaskets, there are a few, but they usually have to make them. Manufacturing custom cylinder head gaskets is part of R&R’s job and the store maintains several relationships with gasket manufacturers. Since they specialize in specific brands, it is common for them to make the same type of engine multiple times. Once a custom seal has been made, it’s easier to get it the next time around.

O-rings were typically standard metric sizes when new, and most are available but not always listed by application. Most of the time they have to measure the gasket and order new ones based on the size for the application.

While they prefer to stick to the original as much as possible, a common upgrade is to use modern oil filters rather than screens, simply because the filtration is so much better.

Engine finish is also an important aspect of vintage brands, and two different approaches are taken. For a restoration, everything is stripped down to the bare metal and with the help of historical photos, documentation or available service information, everything is finished as close as possible to what it was originally. Some parts were bare, some were plated, some parts were painted, some were bolted first, then the engine was painted. They determine what was installed and what was not at the time it was painted, so everything is fine even down to overspray on some parts.

On a preservation style car, some components may retain the original finish or patina, but many factors affect this decision, including the value of the car and the effect it has on value. This would all be determined during the appraisal phase of a project even before the engine was retired.

Service information can be a challenge. “Each manufacturer is a little different depending on how they’ve stored or poorly stored information,” Elber explains. “Italian stuff for example, their information is terrible.” When information is not available, other than vintage photographs or remaining physical evidence of what is there, they have nothing to do but experience.

Every effort is made to keep things as original as possible. Most owners are interested in what makes the most sense for the car. “The originality is where it is,” admits Elber. “It’s always the maximum value. The most original it can be from an investment point of view is where it is located. They are counting on us for advice in this area.

Some older vehicles have very demanding maintenance requirements, including lubrication points in the distributor, as well as regular firing point and timing adjustments. Unlike the upgrade to electronic ignition, these systems are kept original for the sake of value and car character. R&R also performs regular maintenance on these vehicles to ensure that they remain in top working order.

R&R is known for the reliability of its restorations. Over the past summer, Elber attended a road rally where four of his restorations were in attendance. Each car has driven over 1,300 miles in five days, climbed Pikes Peak, and cruised at speeds above 100 mph for extended periods. The cars drove roughly for five days, and each one got through without a hitch.

“Guys are bored with contests,” he says. “These older cars are reliable and durable, and customers have the confidence to drive the cars. They’re really cool to watch, but 1,000 times cooler to drive. THIS

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Sight Magazine – In US state of Kansas, camel escapes from manger, latest in string of camel incidents https://nkyzine.com/sight-magazine-in-us-state-of-kansas-camel-escapes-from-manger-latest-in-string-of-camel-incidents/ Thu, 16 Dec 2021 23:45:35 +0000 https://nkyzine.com/sight-magazine-in-us-state-of-kansas-camel-escapes-from-manger-latest-in-string-of-camel-incidents/ December 17, 2021 JOSEPH HAMMOND RNS An escaped camel sent police to scramble in a Kansas City suburb last weekend. The dromedary in question escaped from a nursery in Bonner Springs, Kansas. The incident is the final chapter in the colorful and often chaotic history of camels in the United States. The animal was in […]]]>

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An escaped camel sent police to scramble in a Kansas City suburb last weekend. The dromedary in question escaped from a nursery in Bonner Springs, Kansas. The incident is the final chapter in the colorful and often chaotic history of camels in the United States.

The animal was in a nursery at the National Agriculture and Hall of Fame Center when its halter broke late on Saturday night. Pursued shortly after on foot, the camel manages to avoid its pursuers.

A camel used for a nativity scene in Bonner Springs, Kansas, spent several days on the run before being captured. Photo: Courtesy of the Bonner Springs Police Department.

The next day the animal crossed parts of the K-7 freeway, and although it was spotted by many motorists, it again escaped capture. Images and videos of the animal quickly went viral. Police officials suggested on Facebook that the situation could “only be described as a scene from another cop movie.”

At one point, the Bonner Springs Police Department chased the camel on golf carts after it strayed onto a golf course. The camel visited several quarters before being cornered and roped by an animal control officer. Its owner then arrived to take possession of the nomadic creature.

“The camel has found its owners and is going to start doing things on camels again,” the Bonner Springs Police Department said in a statement posted on Facebook.



This isn’t the first time Kansas police have had to respond to an escaped camel over the holiday season. In December 2019, police in Goddard, Kansas reported a trio of traveling animals consisting of a camel, cow and donkey. Soon after, the camel was reunited with its owners, but not before viral photo comparisons with an actual Nativity scene.

Similar incidents did not always end so obediently. In 1997, a camel who escaped mid-performance of a Nativity show on the Isle of Kent, Md., was struck and killed by a passing automobile.

A 2010 dress rehearsal for a Nativity play at First Baptist Church in West Palm Beach went wrong when a camel slipped and crashed into the congregation. Neither the camel nor the actor playing one of the wise men were injured in the fall, although the camel, known as Lula Bell, was removed from live performance “for safety reasons” .

Animal rights groups have long complained about the use of live animals in nurseries, but, due to their size, camels are of particular concern. A two-humped Bactrian camel can weigh over 2,000 pounds.

“Camels aren’t even fully mature until they are 7 years old,” PETA said in a Declaration 2020 condemning the use of all live animals in nurseries. “But many are bound to happen long before that. In the wild, these gentle, social animals, which gently blow each other’s faces in saying hello, would travel with their family herds.”

Long-legged animals have deep roots in America. Camels closely related to Old World camels and llamas were once native to North America. The last surviving species, known as camelops, died out 13,000 years ago.

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