On Saturday June 4, mother nature was nice and gave us a beautiful day.
Thousands attend the Skyhaven Wings and Wheels event to benefit Gerry Food
Pantry. Click on the video below to see some of the activities.
TFR No Cutouts In Florida : 4-16-18:
TFR's appearing in Florida again with
Trumps visit for this week. President Donald Trump arrives in South Florida.
An advisory from the Federal Aviation Administration indicates the president
is scheduled to land in Miami at about noon. Trump will be in Hialeah for
a discussion on tax cuts for small businesses. Afterward he is scheduled
to travel to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. Looks like no progress being made
on any cutouts in the tfr to protect and help local fbo's and flight schools.
AOPA estimated that the annual economic impact of TFR-related activity
reductions exceeds $1 million in lost revenue. AOPA director of aviation
security, met with officials of the North American Aerospace Defense Command
on March 29 to discuss ways to make TFRs more efficient and easier for
pilots to identify and avoid.
ASTEROID FLYBY: 4-15-18:
With little warning, on Sunday, April 15th, a "Tunguska-class" asteroid
about the size of a football field flew through the Earth-Moon system.
2018 GE3 was discovered just the day before as it plunged inward from the
asteroid belt. A quick-thinking amateur astronomer in Europe was able to
record a video of the asteroid as it flew by. "According to wikipedia,
2018 GE3 is the largest known asteroid to pass that close to Earth in observational
Turbo Skyhawk JT–A 4-13-18:
Cessna’s Turbo Skyhawk JT–A replaces the popular Lycoming with a liquid-cooled,
turbocharged Continental Diesel CD-155, formerly marketed as a Thielert
Centurion 2.0S. The JT–A is equipped with a Garmin G1000 NXi avionics,
a Safe Flight SCc angle of attack system, and ADS-B Out and In. The four-cylinder
diesel engine, certified to operate on jet and diesel fuel, uses FADEC
to maximize efficiency and replaces mixture and throttle with a single-lever
power control. That means mixture, pitch and throttle are combined into
one lever for controlling the three bladed prop. It also has a pushbutton
start. You can get one of these modified Skyhawks from Cessna for only
$465,000. How many would you like? Last year Cessna sold 129 Skyhawks with
the regular Lycoming 180hp version at around $365,000 each. In 2001 they
went for about $160,000
Going to Mars? 4-11-18:
By now everyone has heard of the BFR rocket that Elon Musk is planning
to send to Mars. They are even predicting sometime in 2022. That sounds
quite ambitious. CEO and lead designer Elon Musk and has a goal of colonizing
The drone airspace in the Syracuse area is not your average radio control
helicopter with four propellor rotors. These DROTAMs are for the MQ-9 Reaper
that flies our off from Wheeler Sack Army Airfield at Fort Drum. The drones
are used by the Guard's Syracuse-based 174th Attack Wing to train Air Force
pilots who use them on surveillance and attack missions globally. Here's
a 3D that shows the relative size of the DROTAM airspace compared to the
Syracuse Class C airspace.
Dumps Visa for Mastercard 4-06-18:
AOPA is changing their credit card deal from Visa to Matercard. The benefits
are now more taylored for buying aviation stuff. Otherwise, you are left
with 1% with "other" purchases. So, if you want to buy that $1000 headset
you might get a 4% discount from your new AOPA Mastercard.