To The Rule FAR 61.3 11-28-15
Have you ever tried to write instructions for something to do? You carefully
study everything about the topic and confidently complete your work. Then,
someone tries to read your instructions and does not understand part or
all of it and has all kinds of questions about things you thought were
absolutely clear. Take for example FAR 61.3, which says that a cross country
flight, "includes a point of landing that was a least a straight-line distance
of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure..."
unless you're a student pilot. "Let's say Airport B is 45 miles north of
Airport A, and Airport C is 45 miles south. If a student flew from Airport
A to B, from Airport B to C, and from Airport C back to A, the flight would
fulfill his solo cross-country requirement. The total distance is 180 miles,
with legs of 45, 90, and 45 miles, and the 90-mile leg meets the 50-mile
straight-line requirement." If you do this flight as a private pilot you
can't log it as a cross country because none of the airports were more
than 50 miles from the original airport. That's
according to an article written in 1998.
Begins Decommissioning VORs 11-27-15:
announces the FAA will begin decommissioning VOR's, two of them in
New England. One in Maine (PNN PRINCETON) and one in Connecticut (ORW NORWICH).
The FAA will begin the first phase of its plan to decommission lesser-used
VORs and has announced a list of the first 35 VORs to be cut as part of
a plan to create a minimum operational network (MON) that will serve as
a backup to ensure aircraft can land safely in the event of a widespread
satellite navigation outage. The list of VORs slated for decommissioning
includes some sites that will be among 74 VORs set to be removed from service
in the next five years during the first phase of the project. Others on
the list won’t be decommissioned until the second phase, which is set to
begin in 2020 and will involve decommissioning another 234 VORs over a
Flight At Mach 25? 11-27-15:
News feeds are talking about a German company that
says it's working on a project that will fly 50 passenger at mach
25 (around 19,000 mph). Hypersonic means speeds of Mach 5 or over, or more
than five times the speed of sound. Supersonic is Mach 1, or the speed
of sound. It's based on a two-stage concept, not unlike the Space Shuttle,
where both the booster and passenger stages start in an upright configuration
using 11 rocket engines during launch (nine on the booster stage and two
on the passenger stage). The system accelerates into the mesosphere using
traditional cryogenic rocket propulsion reaching a speed of up to Mach
25. After reaching a maximum altitude of about 80 kilometers, the passenger
stage begins a gliding descent towards its destination.
Safety Seminar for Instructors at Sanford11-20-15:
Title: FAASTeam Flight Instructor
Open Forum, Date and Time: Wednesday, December 9, 2015, starting
at 18:00 Eastern Standard Time, Topic: Transitioning from Steam
to Glass & Glass to Steam Gauges. Thanks to Southern Maine Aviation,
and in particular to Jim Knowles, John Gary, and Sue Tholen.
The year 2005 is significant
in that it may be known as the last year manufacturers built steam gauge
September 16, 1983, in response to the Soviet downing of Korean Air flight
007, President Regan offers to make GPS available to non-military users
for free once the system becomes operational. This is the beginning of
satellite navigation for civilian aviation. According
to data provided by the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA),
during 2006 more than 90% of new piston-powered light airplanes were equipped
with full glass cockpit displays. Integrating autopilots, communication,
navigation, and other aircraft systems was the next step in the upgrade.
XTI TriFan 600
Former executives from famous companies like Jeff Pino, former president
of Sikorsky Aircraft, Charlie Johnson, former president of Cessna Aircraft,
Dennis Olcott, former chief engineer at Piper and Adam aircraft, have joined
up with XTI to develop the 6 place XTI TriFan 600, a conceptual three-rotor
vertical takeoff and landing airplane that will fly 400 mph and powered
by 2,600 hp of two turboshaft engines. Hmm, if the plane weighs between
5,000 to 10,000 lbs., they might have a lot of homework to do with the
"V" part of their design. MORE.
10th, EAA 225 monthly meeting 11-10-15:
This Tuesday’s meeting will feature our BBQ dinner and it will be free
to all veterans. This month’s meeting will feature EAA’s November Chapter
video magazine which explains the Eagle Flight Program, glider aerobatics
over Oshkosh and flying the Aircoupe on it’s 75th anniversary. This
month’s hints for homebuilders features using high-temperature silicon
tape. We will also get a recap of the last Young Eagles Rally of
the year held in Concord, NH this past weekend. Steven Richard described
it as very successful with about 80 Young Eagles taking to the skies in
rather blustery conditions. CLICK
HERE FOR MORE INFO
Performs Spin Upon Water Landing 11-9-15:
in a Vertical Wind Tunnel 11-6-15:
A company called SkyVenture of Austin Texas has come up with a vertical
wind tunnel that simulates the act of skydiving. The tunnel is powered
by a 600 hp fan that can run at a continuous 400 hp, and has a special
industrial computer called a "Programmable Logic Controller"
that controls the fan and air flow. The airflow speed is said to be up
to 170 mph. I've read that terminal velocity for skydivers is around 120
mph, so it sounds like the wind tunnel has the capacity to blow you up
to the ceiling. But you don't have to go to Texas to try it out! They also
have a facility in Nashua NH called SkyVenture
New Hampshire that has "Adventurous attraction offering indoor skydiving,
surfing & rock climbing, plus a waterslide & cafe."
In November 11-3-15:
The fall foliage is coming to an end and winter flying is just around the
corner. Yes, I have my snowblower ready to go. The scrapper blade has been
adjusted and the new bronze
wheel bushing have been installed. I saw migrating geese flying around
the airport, although I've read someplace that a large number of Canadian
geese in the Northeast have stopped migrating and stay here for the winter.
Although, I can't remember any geese flying over my house in February at
10 degrees above zero. In this flight I caught two great looking well preserved
planes. One is a 1946 Cessna 140, the other is a 1947 Piper Super Cruiser.
Someone told me it has a Lycoming 180hp engine in it. In the video, it
didn't take much runway for take-off.
YORK CLASS B AIRSPACE TFR 10-30-15:
NOTAMs (FDC 5/5684 and FDC 5/5686) have been published that will affect
flight in the area during President Obama's planned visit. Location: Within
the lateral limits of the New York Class B airspace. From the surface up
to but not inlcuding 18,000 feet MSL. Times:12:30 PM local until 10:45
PM local Monday, November 2, 2015
AOPA has sent out a "multiple TFR" notice for the upcoming TFR's in NEW
YORK, NY AND NEWARK, NJ ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2015. Various editorials
TFR's continue to be violated by small single engine aircraft in spite
of all the attention to improve pilot awareness. So, now we are apparently
getting notices before the notice, that is if you are a member of AOPA.
In the years before 911 and all the Federal issues and the aviation TFR's
came about, a visit to the airport for a short ride around the pattern
or a visit to a nearby airport without checking with FSS was not a problem.
But in today's airspace, even a ride around the pattern requires either
a call to FSS or a visit to DUATS on the web to ensure the skies are not
red with TFR paint.
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