Conference notes Tampa Bay flight
St. Petersburg native Robert Walker, director of the Florida Aviation Historical Society, was in Qatar on Monday to help the aviation industry mark 100 years since the first scheduled commercial flight took off, a 23-minute trip from St. Petersburg to Tampa on Jan. 1, 1914. Walker was invited by the International Air Transport Association to attend the conference in Doha, the capital of Qatar, and showcase a model of the aircraft that made the historic trip across Tampa Bay. He passed out copies of the original flier which marketed the flight.
Solar aircraft's trip a success
A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft has made a successful inaugural flight as its makers prepare for what they hope will be the first around-the-world solar flight. The Solar Impulse 2 team said the aircraft spent 2 hours and 17 minutes in the air above western Switzerland early Monday. The plane soaks up energy from the sun through 17,200 solar cells that cover its massive wings, which span 236 feet. Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, the project's founders, hope to fly the aircraft around the world in 2015.
Pastor gets own satellite station
Texas pastor Joel Osteen is getting his own channel on SiriusXM satellite radio, which will air his sermon live at Yankee Stadium this Saturday. Osteen, who preaches to 40,000 people each week at Houston's Lakewood megachurch, already shows his messages on the Trinity religious TV network and other television stations. The new radio channel will feature live call-in shows hosted by Osteen and his wife, fellow Lakewood pastor Victoria Osteen, along with rebroadcasts of Osteen's past sermons. "It's another way to get our message out," Osteen said.
By the Numbers
0 Nearly 30 percent of the world's population is overweight or obese, and not one country has reduced its obesity rate in 33 years, according to a study combining data from 188 countries and published in the Lancet last month.