Posts Tagged ‘2014’

Thunderbirds Melbourne Florida

Thunderbirds Melbourne FloridaIt may be more than seven months away, but the organizers for the Melbourne Air and Space Show are already hard at work on the October 2014 show.  In the past few years, this show has been held at Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, and Paradise Beach Park, but in each case funding for overtime and security has been an issue.  The organizers recently proposed to move the two-day show to the Melbourne International Airport for 2014. 

Although the airport seems like the perfect place to hold an air show, there were some definite logistical and contractual issues.  These include working with the airlines, specifically Delta Airlines and US Airways regarding passenger traffic.  When the US Air Force Thunderbirds are in the sky, all commercial traffic must be stopped. Other concerns include traffic management, since historically tens of thousands of people flock to the show, security, insurance and funding. 

Airport management seems to be very receptive to the idea of hosting the show and has in fact provided initial approval. Approval was received once the show organizers agreed to a schedule that did not disrupt the commercial flight plans already in place.  The current plan is for the US Air Force Thunderbirds to start their show only after the last commercial flight of the day has taken off.  The remaining issues, such as security, insurance, traffic and funding are still being worked through.

Not only is there a new location for the 2014 show, there will also be a new name.  Northrup Grumman is sponsoring this year’s event, so the name of the event will officially be The Northrop Grumman Air & Space Show. 

Headlining the air show is the fantastic US Air Force Thunderbirds.  The Thunderbirds were established in 1953 and are currently in their 61st season.  This is the 32nd year they have been using the F-16 Fighting Falcon in their show.  Due to budget cuts, most of the 2013 shows were cancelled, but they are back for a full 2014 show season. 

If you’ve never seen the US Air Force Thunderbirds, they perform acrobatic maneuvers and aerial demonstrations that simply take your breath away.  They are so exciting to watch that air show enthusiasts will often travel quite far to watch a show and you will find some enthusiasts that will follow them throughout the entire show season. 

In addition to the military show, there will also be civilian acts, demonstrations and other aviation-related booths and events.  Mark your calendars now!  You won’t want to miss this one.  

Japanese Aikido

Imagine you’re alone and walking home from a friend’s party or from your car late at night. The street seems very quiet and almost a bit eerie. You hear a scuff of shoes on the street behind you, and you turn to see a person following you. We’ve all been there and begin to wonder, what happens if this person is dangerous and moves for your bag or wallet or worse your body?

When we think about defending ourselves, we typically think of our attacker as our enemy. The state we fall into is usually one of violence and opposition, which can cause harm to our own person and/or others around us. Aikido, a Japanese modern martial art, was designed to redirect the opponent’s energy and neutralize an attack, thus shielding all involved from force. A master of kendo and Japanese philosopher, spear-fighting, and jujitsu, Morihei Uyeshiba developed Aikido in an effort to steer away from the violence of martial arts. The practice is defined by powerful and fluid movements. No matter your size or strength, this is a great practice of self-defense because it doesn’t rely on strength, but rather leverage. This allows you to use skill and not a lot of force.

These exercises are excellent for athletes or really anyone that is trying to further their coordination and reflexes. By having the ultimate goal be mental, physical and spiritual integration, Aikido helps dealing with the stresses of daily living and creating a better sense of well-being.

Starting February 3rd, the Eau Gallie Civic Center (1551 Highland Avenue Melbourne, FL 32935) will be offering this non-competitive and cooperative way to exercise. Classes are $40 for residents and $48 for non-residents. They will run every Monday and Thursday, 7:30-8:45pm for the month of February. The class is good for anyone over the age of 12 interested in learning Aikido. For more information, call (321) 255-4608 or visit here.