An article about Instrument Rating Practical Test
talks about the transition between boiler gauges
and glass panels. The partial instrument panel testing was in part due
to component failure from a faulty vacuum gauges or and electrical problem.
But today's glass panels are solid state. How to practice for partial instrument
failure and what exactly happens can be dilemma. The manual for a DG, or
artificial horizon is usually a little booklet describing the appearance
of the instrument and the features of maybe a single knob for adjustment.
Ok, the DG, press the knob in and turn to the current magnetic heading
and pull the knob out. What about the glass panel? The booklet for that
instrument is probably half to three quarters of an inch thick where you
can easily spend many hours reading and studying the various settings and
adjustments, not to mention the trouble shooting section of potential display
errors. And if you do get a display error, how serious is it? How about
"EFIS NOT DETECTED" message. I got that one time but the FBO said it was
the message came from the EMS that was referring to the ethernet connection
to the EFIS. Because the EFIS was ok, and the EMS was ok, the message turned
out to be just a notification of the option to split the screen on the
EFIS to include the EMS was disabled. I wouldn't want to get a message
on the display that looked like this one at 5 miles away from the runway
Airport Gets Council Approval 2-17-15:
"The Biddeford City Council voted Tuesday to move forward
with safety improvements at the municipal airport, ending a six-year stalemate
over the fate of the city-owned property." According to the Portland
Press Herald the city council is making progress with complying with
an FAA directive to cut some trees that have become a potential hazard
for landing aircraft. Landing at Biddeford is a unique experience with
the runway 6 and 24. Landing at night is also a must. The runway lights
pop out of the blackness where the airport is in a wooded area. Keeping
everything lined up with the runway on final approach is a good idea because
of the trees they talked about. Climbing out from runway 24 at night you're
headed toward a wooded area and it's probably a good idea to keep your
eyes on the gauges for a few minutes until you get a little altitude.
here to see an article on Biddeford in 2013.
For Piper and Cessna single engine pilots the term RVSM Airspace might sound
Flying magazine recently had an article about the new Cirrus jet and its
cruising altitudes are limited to FL280 because it is not certified for
RVSM (Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum).
RVSM goes from FL290 to FL410 and was implemented in 2005 to allow aircraft
to be separated by 1,000 feet instead of the previous requirement of 2,000
feet because of improved technology and equipment. If you don't have RVSM
certification you need to stay below or above the RVSM area. Cirrus expects
some of their SR22 owners to trade in for the new SF50 Vision jet.
Weather Satellite Launched 2-12-15:
Scientist recently sent a new satellite into space to
replace an outdated
weather satellite that was originally launched in 1997. This satellite
is unique because it not only sends data about the earth's atmosphere,
but its primary purpose is to monitor the solar weather from the sun. It
also acts as an early warning system from Coronal Mass Ejections (massive
explosions on the sun) that can be harmful to radio communications and
power grids. Another unique thing about this satellite is its location
at what's called the "L1" point. The "L1" point is
the position between the earth and the sun where the gravity between the
two objects cancels out. That means the satellite stays between the earth
and the sun while the earth orbits the sun. It's about 932,000 miles from
the earth. It was launched yesterday and will take about 5 months to be
up and running. To the left, is a picture of earth taken from a satellite
1,000,000 miles from earth.
225 Newsletter 2-9-15:
Here's the EAA newsletter from Gerry Peterson: " Hello Everyone, Hope this
finds you all ready for another year of aviation fill fun."
to NASA 100 Years of Service 02-08-15:
NASA actually started out as
NACA back in 1915. Advances
in aircraft bodies and engines are the direct results of research done
by NACA & NASA over the past 100 years.
gate to arrival terminal at airports everywhere, and inside cockpits, cabins,
and jet engines, the DNA of the entire aviation industry is infused with
technology that has its roots in NASA research."
The red landscape
depicts a Mars landing project planned for 2030.
in February 02-04-15:
Finding a VFR day lately is not an easy thing to do. With the frequent cycles
of snow storms it seems like all I do is snow blow and shovel. Must be
a good year for people with snow plows. Thanks to the hard work of Andrew
Pomeroy and his crew, the airport is ready to go. Keeping up with the snow
storms is no small task. The other day I saw a friend plowing out a church
parking lot. He said he was plowing since 9 o'clock. I said, "You've been
plowing since 9 this morning?" He said, "No, since 9 pm last night."
advice for TFR's 02-01-15: AOPA
just released a video of an interview with the NORAD commander and asked
him, "What can GA pilots do to become more aware of TFR's?" According to
Admiral Gortney, "Proper pre-flight preparation, proper briefs, proper
execution, proper de-briefs, check weather, check NOTAMS, check for TFR's,
check for obstructions, think about how you're going to fly, chair fly
then go flying." (Actually, if you click on the Skyhaven
weather page you can do all of that in less than five minutes... except
for the go flying part.)
a Cessna (refurbished) 172 for
Is Sporty trying to outdo AOPA? AOPA is trying to sell the idea
of flight schools buying (old) refurbished Cessna 152's for just under
but you still have an old C-152 when you're done. In comes Sporty with
their version of the rebuilt Cessna for flight schools. Pointing out the
fact that most CFI's and students don't weigh 170 lbs, they have come up
with their idea of a new affordable trainer, the 172LITE. For around $130k
you get aCessna
172N era Skyhawk that has the back seat, carpets, and plastic instrument
panel removed to give you a plane black steel boiler gauge instrument panel
with plastic vinyl floors with a large cargo space for your flight bag
and paraphernalia... not unless you have an EFB tablet.
of 2015 01-29-15:
Although the Notam said the airport was closed today, the cleanup crew
has the area looking like it's ready to go.
Here's some information from David DeVries about the Alton Bay Ice Airport.
Needless to say, today being the Blizzard of 2015, not too many airports
are open. Landing on the ice is a unique experience that's shared by all
types of planes but usually dominated by tail-draggers, Cherokee's and
Skyhawks. Here's Dave's message: "ALTON
BAY ICE RUNWAY IS OPEN (B18) Alton
Bay airport volunteer Paul LA Rochelle says the airport is open! You can
get runway condition reports by calling 875-3498 for a recording.
You can also reach Paul at 455-7817 for more detailed information!
Runway is 1/19 and the frequency is 122.8.
Make sure you check the recording before you launch as the runway condition
can change quickly due to warm temperatures or snow storms etc.. Paul and
his gang are all volunteers paying for their own fuel and other related
expenses. The best way to help would be to support the effort by Southern
Maine aviation to raise money through a raffle.
(See attached). The NHPA will also be financially supporting B18 again
this year. David, NHPA. If you know a pilot that is not a member
of the NHPA please send them to our website to sign up, it's FREE!! WWW.NEWHAMPSHIREPILOTS.ORG".
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