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Chutes and lift

Firstly, Chutes, the Provincial Park, which we visited last year in the summer, this is the entry. Anyways, this time it was only a couple of degrees above zero. The snow is becoming like ice pellets, a little wet and heavy, so hard to snow shoe through. We were unable to drive into the park at all, the snow bank at the entrance to the park was about 3′ high, I tried to walk through it but wound up sinking very deep and then struggled to get back out, Hannah stood by and laughed at my predicament. We snow shoe’d down to the “beach”..

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Now in the summer it looked like this (just in case you DIDN’T check out the old entry!!):

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We passed a sign, which we have tried to get pictures of a number of time, but failed until now:

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Hannah got some pictures of Tigger

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And lastly, I have been flying the helicopter lots, a few times every night if I can, today I wondered how much it could lift. Now I saw a program on bees, they were studying how a bee’s wings work, to measure the lift that a bee can achieve they tied a bit of cotton around the bee and attached tiny known loads to the cotton at increments, then they simply thaw out the bee, which regains consciousnesses and tries to fly away (They freeze them so that they’re easier to tie cotton too). They are now able to easily count how many of the loads it can lift from the ground, there by finding the maximum lift that bee has. I applied the same theory to my helicopter. my tiny loads were beer bottle tops, I weighed 20 of them to get an accurate weight, turns out they weigh 2.1 grams each, and the helicopter can lift 5 at a push, and can fly but only just with 4, when I cut one more off it was controllable. And the other picture is of the tail rotor, broke.

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4 replies on “Chutes and lift”

Joel, an average bee, a worker bee, weighs about 0.095 grams, lets assume the helicopter can lift 8 grams, thus, 84 bees and a bit.

Thanks Brendan, that’s good to know. You didn’t mention in your post the results of how much a bee can carry, but I have just read that a bee can carry its own weight in pollen. That means that a bee has 27.5 times greater lift:weight ratio than your helicopter. Nature wins again!

Based on your helicopter weight of 220g, it would take roughly 2316 bees to lift your helicopter, not that a bee would have a use for a helicopter, unless they mistook this strange flying machine for a deity or something.

Excellent photos of the snow. Mum cannot wait to experience it, although we did have something very similar (in a very small way by comparison) in the UK over the last couple of days.
Tigger is a pretty cat.
Us non-scientific/technical folk found the item on the bees fascinating and cannot wait for the next enthralling instalment. We appreciate Joel’s input.
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