"D" AIRSPACE 2-1-16
A recent article about Class D airspace cautions pilots about the variations
in the outline of the Class D Airspace. He cautions that even up-to-date
software for your MFD display may not be accurate and that you need to
verify the map data with your sectional. It also gave an example of a Class
D airspace in New York with its unusual circular segment. I think I would
also be concerned about the Class B and Class C airspace. Below is a 3D
depiction of the airspace referenced in the article... more
225 Meeting Tues Jan 12 1-11-16:
EAA newsletter from Gerry Peterson:
In January 2016 1-6-16:
Finally the weather opens up for a little VFR flight conditions. At this
time of the year, climbing out at Vx brings the airplane at a steeper angle
than the usual climbout with the rate of climb indicator standing up straight
at attention. Although it was a little quite on the ramp, hangar 5 was
busy as ever with projects from putting new fabric on a Taylorcraft to
replacing an engine on a Skyhawk. Something unique this year is being able
to land at Hampton Airport without skis.
At first glance, it appears that another light sport aircraft company emerges
with their bid for the light sport market. Although it has the earmarks
of a low wing light sport, the designers of the Elixir appear to be looking
for a different market. I've read articles of light sport manufactures
doing things to lower the top speed and other features that keep the planes
within the limits of the light sport definition. But for Elixir, they didn't
put the limiting features on and created a small low wing 912 or 914 Rotax
high performance two seater that cruises at 153 knots (176 mph).
Wow! Now that's what I'm talking about... "It's a high-performing
two-seater airplane, crafted to appeal to the passenger experience with
a unique wing structure, comfort and gains in payload, safety and costs.
The aircraft’s first flight is expected to take place in mid-2016." It
has a 29 gallon tank with a 617 lbs payload minus 174 lbs of fuel = 443
lbs of pilot and co-pilot. Note: A typical light sport would have 18 gals
full tank with 374 cabin payload. Other features include 3.7 gal/hr at
65%, take-off in less than 980 feet, anti deflagration fuel tank, wide
touch screen glass cockpit (Garmin), engine and propeller single lever
control, parachute as standard equipment, no structural bonding operation,
innovative box type structure, and an innovative Tablet dock.
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