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Skyworks Global Announces Collaboration with Scaled Composites to Develop the VertiJet™ Demonstrator

Skyworks VertiJet™

VertiJet™, an aircraft that combines the runway-independence of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed wing aircraft and the safety of a gyroplane

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, U.S.A., July 8, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Today, Skyworks Global and Scaled Composites (Scaled) announced a strategic partnership to collaborate on the design, build, and test of a prototype of the Skyworks VertiJet™.

The VertiJet is a runway independent aircraft that can take-off and land vertically and hover like a helicopter. Leveraging technology from the British Rotodyne and the DARPA Heliplane program - VertiJet will incorporate technologies that were successfully designed and developed by Skyworks in the Heliplane program to achieve an estimated top speed of 400 mph and a range of 1000 nm. Past DARPA-funded design and risk reduction experiments from the Heliplane program will be leveraged to reduce risk and to accelerate the VertiJet prototype design.

The VertiJet adapts Skyworks’ proprietary Heliplane technology for the civil aviation, defense, and homeland security markets. Skyworks envisions VertiJet to be a replacement for helicopter and tiltrotor aircraft configurations in markets where speed, range, and cost-efficiency are important. VertiJet’s unique, patented design elements reduce the complexity, as well as the high operating costs, normally associated with rotary wing aircraft while offering extraordinary performance with a safe platform. The specific size of the initial demonstrator is not yet fixed, but Skyworks and Scaled are considering a demonstrator that ranges in size from a light aircraft for 4 passengers to a utility aircraft that can carry 8-12 passengers.

“VertiJet is a disruptive aircraft configuration,” remarked Skyworks Global’s Chief Technology Advisor Don Woodbury. “An aircraft that can take-off and land vertically, hover when needed, and cruise with the speed, range, and efficiency of a fixed wing aircraft would be quite compelling. But even more exciting from my perspective is the potential to provide this unique performance without the complexity or cost of today's military and civil rotorcraft.”

“VertiJet is one of the most exciting opportunities in aviation,” says Skyworks-Global Executive Director Brig. General (Ret) John Michel. “It’s a proven aircraft configuration that brings an unparalleled level of performance and game changing set of new capabilities to meet the overwhelming demand for cost effective vertical lift solutions. Add in the inherent scalability of this technology to larger configurations and the Skyworks and Scaled team have a rare opportunity to introduce the world to a platform that can transform the vertical lift market.”

“Scaled excels at the rapid prototyping of proof-of-concept vehicles. The VertiJet demonstrator will build on our legacy of innovation and proving what is possible in aerospace. We look forward to collaborating with Skyworks to realize the potential of this unique aircraft configuration.” Scaled President, Cory Bird.

About Skyworks

Skyworks Global Inc. is the world leader in gyronautics, the study and design of sustained autorotative flight represented by the company's gyroplane technology. Skyworks has more than 40 patents with several more underway, all obtained in an effort to radically change not only the way gyroplanes are perceived, but also the way they are utilized. From mass personnel transportation, agriculture, defense, and border protection to literally changing the economies of developing nations, Skyworks' goal is to change the nature of vertical flight. For more information about the company, its products, and individual members of the Skyworks team, visit www.Skyworks-Global.com

About Scaled

Scaled Composites is a specialty aerospace and composites development company offering design, build, and test capabilities. Founded by Burt Rutan in 1982 and located in Mojave, CA, Scaled has averaged one first flight of a unique, new airplane per year.

Our employees come from a diverse background of talents, experience, and interests. This unique combination of individuals helps promote an innovative and creative atmosphere. Scaled offers the opportunity to pursue career and personal interests in a manner that can be found nowhere else by following one simple rule: have fun.

Scaled Composites is a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation.



Forget The ‘Dream’ Board; 

You Need The ‘Do’ Board


By Gary Collins, MS


How many of you have laid out your dreams and desires on a vision board? 


A vision board, or dream board, is a collage of images, pictures and affirmations of one's dreams and desires. The idea is for the board to be a source of inspiration and motivation.


Self-help gurus espouse the virtues of the vision board to individuals who are searching for what they truly want. But to just say what you want in life isn’t enough, the gurus say. You need to dream bigger, and you need to have a vision board to achieve clarity.


Enough already. 


Vision boards and the concept behind them often backfire. Too often, visualizing is focused on the point Z of the process – the end goal – rather than on the alphabet of ACTION steps required to get there. 


Science is on my side with this. Studies have shown that you are less likely to achieve a goal when you simply focus on the goal itself. More effective is channeling your energy into the actions that are needed to achieve the goal. 


Vision or dream boards are based in part on the law of attraction to attain goals. You know: visualize it and think about it often enough, and your dreams and goals will end up happening, sure as the sun rises in the east. For companies, it’s a way for them to motivate their employees to pursue and achieve personal dreams and growth — and tying that in with professional growth and achievement. Ideally, all that translates into happier and more productive people making the workplace more successful. Encouraging employees to dream big with the possibility of the company rewarding them with those desires leads them to wanting to perform better in their jobs.


But the success rate of the vision board in the corporate setting or visualizing on the playing field is debatable at best. Some struggling, high-level athletes hitched their wagon to the imprecise science of visualization; numerous sports performance coaches focus on that approach, having their athlete clients picture getting out of that slump and gaining confidence, when instead it’s more about correcting flaws in technique and getting more reps in the batter’s box or more jump shots in the gym, not brain-washing yourself back to success.


Don’t dream; find your purpose and live


Gurus talk about seeing the big picture and styling your dream board accordingly, but here’s the real deal: Don’t dream your life. Take action and live your life. 


Part of pinpointing your true desires is finding your purpose. And that’s done with action – by doing things and experiencing life. For some, it’s being the best mother or father they can be. For others, like Elon Musk, it’s being one of the most innovative people in our lifetime. When it comes to purpose, there’s no right or wrong answer. But I’ve learned that for people to be truly happy and fulfilled, their purpose is the one thing that must be found.


And instead of a dream board, they need a “do board.”


People who created their own vision boards seem to be in this perpetual state of waiting for sweet karma to kiss them on the cheek and send them toward their dream — the law of attraction. But the time you’ve spent agonizing over a vision board is time you could have spent actually DOING something. Vision boards become empty sun rays in our heads that we chase as hopelessly and aimlessly as Don Quixote pursued windmills. We don’t dig down into the details and get our hands dirty.


You’ll make mistakes. You’ll go through trial and error. It’s all good in the big picture as long as you keep moving forward. 


Dreams are a work in process — so get to work.


Gary Collins is the author of The Simple Life Guide To Decluttering Your Life (www.thesimplelifenow.com). He has a varied background, having worked in military intelligence, served as a Special Agent for the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service, worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and also worked for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In addition to being a best-selling author, Collins has taught at the college level, consulted and trained college-level athletes, and been interviewed for his expertise on various subjects by CBS Sports, Coast to Coast AM, The RT Network, and FOX News, among others.



With several candidates for the 2020 presidential election proposing the cancellation or refinancing of America's massive student debt load, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s States with the Most and Least Student Debt as well as accompanying videos.

To determine the states that are friendliest toward student-loan debtors, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 12 key metrics. The data set ranges from average student debt to unemployment rate among the population aged 25 to 34 to share of students with past-due loan balances.   

Student Debt in Utah (1=Most; 25=Avg.) 

  • 50th – Avg. Student Debt
  • 50th – Proportion of Students with Debt
  • 47th – Student Debt as % of Income (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 41st – Unemployment Rate of Population Aged 25 to 34
  • 48th – % of Student Loans Past Due or in Default
  • 48th – % of Student-Loan Borrowers Aged 50+
  • 48th – Grant Growth

For the full report, please visit:



If you've been to any of the Ogden Twilight pre-parties at The Monarch , you know about the tasty bites by WB’s Eatery - Wine Café and Coffeehouse, desserts from Zucca, And craft cocktails for purchase from New World Distillery !

Join us this Friday, July 12, and hang in the coolest space, with the coolest people, tasty bites, refreshing beverages...check out the new Pioneer issue of Indie Ogden magazine, the The Banyan Collective's infamous #tanvan...AND know your $5 donation at the door benefits O1ARTS, which in turn benefits local artists.

See the first 150 of you starting at 4pm...455 25th St....

Speaking of New World Distillery, they've been SUPER generous, and with your $5 donation to O1ARTS, you get 2 (!) chances at a raffle for this amazing Private Tour and Tasting party ... a $500 value!!

<-- Here's our first winner, Bess!   

New raffles and surprises every time, so come early and come often.



Do you like Music?

Specifically, Americana?
Talented singer/songwriters?

O1PRESENTS will feature 2 local talents at the Acoustic Cafe on Friday the 12th (after our Twilight pre-party)...SO much going on.  AND, if you click through and purchase a whole-festival VIP ticket, a portion will come to O1ARTS, as Troubeliever's 2019 Nonprofit Partner.



We're teaming up with @themonarchogden  for a giveaway! We want to see your most creative photos and selfies with O1WALLS'  #MonarchInModa mural.
 First place wins 2 VIP tickets to @ogdentwilight Flaming Lips show on July 18th (which are sold out!!) and runner up will receive 2 GA tickets. Learn more about the mural in our stories and see contest details below:

Tag @ogdenfirst  and @themonarchogden  in your best butterfly mural photo/selfie on Facebook and/or Instagram.

Must be following both accounts 
on Facebook and Instagram
in order to win.

Our team will vote on our favorite photos and will announce the winners at our Ogden Twilight Pre-Concert Celebration the evening of the show. Must be present to win!



For July and August, O1ARTS has partnered with For Freedoms, a national arts organization, to bring Four|For Freedoms,  a tightly-curated subset of their 50 State Billboard Initiative, to our PLATFORMS art site, at 25th & Adams Ave. The exhibition opened Friday July 5 and will continue through August 31.

The exhibition is rooted in a 1941 speech by Franklin Roosevelt, in which he declared that four essential human freedoms - Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom From Want and Freedom From Fear - should extend to any person, anywhere in the world.

The Standard Examiner, among others, has taken notice, with this article appearing in both the print and online versions of the Go! section. 




NOW thru August 31:
Four/For Freedoms @ PLATFORMS

July 9: B I G Art Project Meeting

July 10: Jazz at the Station

July 12: Twilight Preparty @ Monarch

July 12 : TrouBeliever Acoustic Cafe
July 13: Farmers Market Ogden
July 13: Troubeliever Festival

July 14: Lindquist Concert & Fireworks

July 18: Twilight Preparty @ Monarch

July 18: The Flaming Lips 

Aug. 2: Collective Style Fashion Show 2019

Want YOUR arts/culture event listed here? Write us before the 20th of each month....


Ogden First is a non-profit (501c3) corporation established to create and deliver arts programming, in all forms, in the context of adaptive reuse of historic or iconic spaces, organizing venues where artists can create, learn, perform and exhibit, amplified by our city’s architectural legacy.



5 Ways Professionals Can Succeed

As New Entrepreneurs


It’s been a common occurrence in recent years: Company downsizing or restructuring has left skilled professionals looking for a job. Or, feeling constrained, they jump to a better growth opportunity.


But, with the era of lifetime jobs at a single firm or company long gone, many doctors, dentists, lawyers and other professionals also are opting to work for themselves, becoming entrepreneurs and launching their own start-ups.   


Some who already started small practices have expanded into several locations. As dentists and business partners Dr. Seth Newman and Dr. Efstathios Giannoutsos can attest, the learning curve of running and growing a business in multiple offices — while still practicing their profession — can be challenging but also rewarding.


“It was never my plan to run a practice, or even co-run one,” says Giannoutsos,  (www.asktheorthos.com), an orthodontist and co-author, with Newman of Giving It To You Straight: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Orthodontics But Were Afraid To Ask. “But then the financial crisis of 2008 happened, and a lot of the opportunities that had been available before were now gone.


“But we were able to flip those circumstances on their heads and use them to our advantage.”


“The biggest challenge initially was finding clients,” Newman says. “But we learned to use different resources and educate ourselves in the business side as we did in our chosen career.”  


Newman and Giannoutsos offer five tips for professionals transitioning to running their own business:


  • Be passionate. Entrepreneurs tend to be extremely passionate about their work. They need to incorporate the same passion for running a business. “Think about how running your own business could transform your career, send it soaring,” Newman says. “That kind of spirit energizes you and all those around you.”

  • Be bothered by inefficiency. Entrepreneurs don’t have a high tolerance for inefficiency, and the bonus is they don’t have corporate red tape to cut through. “You can fix problems that come up quickly because of your expertise and the freedom of not running into typical corporate obstacles,” Giannoutsos says. “If  you or your business partner are mired in work processes that are too slow, analyze the inefficiencies and consider the places you could implement solutions.”

  • Don’t be afraid to take on more risk. One thing that sets many entrepreneurs apart from the average professional is their appetite for risk. “A business owner knows the risk-reward possibilities, and by taking well-calculated shots, bigger rewards can come,” Newman says. “Set aside time to strategize, and listen to the best-qualified people working for you to develop a precise plan.”

  • Brainstorm more. Constant innovation is crucial to a business’ long-term success, so entrepreneurs have to take time to let their minds be loose and creative. “Set aside time each week for brainstorming sessions with your staff — and remember to have fun doing it,” Giannoutsos says.

  • Don’t limit your dreams. “The most important aspect of the entrepreneurial spirit is being limitless – the sky’s the limit,” Newman says. “Many people are conditioned in the workforce to be realistic and practical, but dreaming big sets the mission for your company, and it’s why you became a business owner.”


“It can be daunting at first, performing the myriad tasks of a business owner,” Giannoutsos says, “but if you believe in what you do and those you’ve hired around you, it’s so worth the effort.”


About Dr. Seth Newman


Dr. Seth Newman (www.asktheorthos.com) is an orthodontist and co-author, with Dr. Steve Giannoutsos, of Giving It To You Straight: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Orthodontics But Were Afraid To Ask. He owns orthodontic practices in the New York City area. Dr. Newman completed his dental training at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, where he was a member of the National Dental Honor Society. He was a clinical instructor of the Invisalign system at the NYU School of Dentistry.


About  Dr. Efstathios Giannoutsos


Dr. Efstathios Giannoutsos, or “Dr. G.” as he is commonly called, was born in Astoria, Queens, just outside of New York City. He graduated from St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens, with high honors and a BS in Biology.  He is also the co-author with  Dr. Seth Newman of Giving It To You Straight: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Orthodontics But Were Afraid to Ask (AskTheOrthos.com). He completed his dental training at NYU, where he graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. He was also accepted into NYU’s highly competitive orthodontic residency program. During that time, he also discovered a passion for treating children and adults with facial deformities. Coinciding his passion, his research thesis to attain specialty certification involved children with cleft deformities.