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Aero Simulation Work Party Cookies

Written by Mike Tamplin Dec 18, 2012


On this blog, I usually don’t divulge much of my personal life outside my world of cookie making, but this post will provide more of a peek. As you probably figured out, I spend most of my free time making cookies. It’s a fun hobby that I love doing, but it doesn’t really pay the bills. For a living, I’m a full-time engineer at an aerospace and defense corporation in the Seattle area (if you Google it, I’m sure you can find out which one).

Last weekend, my old work group had its annual Christmas party. This event brings together members, past and present, who works/worked in the Aero Simulation group. I moved on to another group within the company but this party was always a festive opportunity to reunite with everyone again. Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend the party this year, but I did make cookies for them in my absence.

Without getting too technical, the Aero Sim group validates the aerodynamic handling qualities of flight simulators used for training pilots. Simulators like the one seen here.

airplane flight crew training simulator
image source Seattle P.I.

I was pretty sure my co-workers would get a kick out of a flight simulator cookie, so I did my best to try to replicate one.

flight simulator cookie

The past few years, the Sim group has been working feverishly on two new airplane models, so I had to make sure to pay homage to them in this batch.

The first being our latest, long-range, passenger aircraft. I made cookies that reflected the nose view in our flight test paint scheme, as well as silhouettes of the airplane in flight. I was excited to do these cookies because I got to break out my airbrush kit again, although I still feel like I need more practice on applying the color evenly.

787 airplane cookies

The second airplane model is of our largest commercial aircraft we build. It comes in a passenger and freighter version, each with a unique paint scheme. I did both paint schemes on a cookie, as well as its silhouette.

747-8 airplane cookies

Lastly, I finished off this batch with a few aerodynamic tables everyone in the Sim group would be very familiar with (they’re of lift, pitch, and drag curves if you were curious).

aero table cookies of lift, pitch, and drag

You probably noticed I didn’t go into too many job specifics in this post, mainly because I didn’t want to bore you with the details (also, because I didn’t want to get in trouble at work if I happened to say too much). Well, I hoped you enjoy this small field trip into what I used to do 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. I should be back on track with Christmas/winter cookies with my next post.

aero simulation cookie platter


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25 replies on “Aero Simulation Work Party Cookies

  1. Delia Benudiz Yrure 9

    Hi Mike, I especially liked your aircraft cookies! I too have taken on baking/decorating cookies in my retirement,. My previous career was used Aircraft Sales and Marketing worldwide, hahahaha. By the way, I have placed a few of your aircraft. Now I am really enjoying doing cookies….My page on Face Book is “Tasty Bites”, have a looksie.

    1. Hi Della! Thanks for checking out my blog! I’d love to see your Facebook page. Could you link it to me? There seems to be a lot of “Tasty Bites” pages on Facebook. Thanks again!

  2. Mike! I cannot believe I’ve never seen these! My airplane OBSESSED kid is going to flip over these!!!

  3. Yep. I told you. “Mom, those are SOOOOOO COOOOOOOL!” ;)

    He was able to spend some time in a simulator several months ago and loved it!

  4. How did you do the silhouette? Is it with a stencil? Or a royal icing transfer?

    1. Hi Pam, It’s piped on the cookie from an image that I placed in my Kopykake projector.

      1. Oh that’s awesome! Thanks for your quick response. Hoping I can do something similar for some flight attendants. I just LOVE how it looks. I do not own a copy cake or any type of projector so it will have to be eyeballed. :)

  5. Hi Mike,
    It all made sense when I searched “airplane cookies” looking for ideas for a surprise set for my husband to take to work for his birthday on Tuesday (at that same aerospace company) and a more thorough search (so I could give credit) led me to you!
    The front view of the jet is awesome and I’d planned nearly the same silhouette already. I hope you don’t mind if I borrow the idea?!
    You’re awesome…thanks!! ✈️?

  6. I just saw this post….. These are fantastic! I’m certain that they were a huge success. Thanks Mike.

  7. Cristy Klopfenstein 15

    Hi Mike! My husband is an aerospace engineer and I saw these cookies and would love to recreate them (if you don’t mind…🙂). Which cookie cutters did you use? I’m guessing round and oval? Thx!

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