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STATUS UPDATE 10-24-14: 
SKYHAVEN'S NEW RUNWAY IS NOW OPEN
Runway Now 4,201 feet by 75 feet
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NEWS AND INFORMATION

Alton Bay Ice Airport1-27-15: 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.CLICK HERE TO SEE PICTURES OF ALTON BAY ICE AIRPORT 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".

Density Altitude on Mars 01-24-15: Density altitude is certainly a main part of our preflight before CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFOheading to the friendly skies. Tuning into the local AWOS quickly gives us an idea of what we can expect for take-off performance. However, recent articles have been talking about putting an AUAV on Mars. A remote RC helicopter that will be used to help explore the Martian landscape. Apparently the engineers and scientist at NASA have worked out the numbers for the design specifications of an CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFOAutonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Compared to Earth, the Mars gravity is 3/8th and 100 times less atmosphere. According to the video, 2400 rpm and a 3.6 foot rotor blade will do the trick. One of the biggest concerns the designers have is landing the aircraft (which he refers to as 7 seconds of terror) after each daily mission. This project is part of the Mars 2020 Mission which includes landing a car size rover.

Alton Bay Ice Airport 01-22-15: SUPPORT THE MAINTENANCE OF THE ALTON BAY ICE CLICK HERE TO SEE POSTERRUNWAY 2015 ICE RUNWAY RAFFLE. Lots of COOL prizes, including 10 gallons of Aviation Fuel, Southern Maine Aviation Sweatshirt, 2015 SuperCub.Org Calendar.  Tickets are $2 ea, or 6 for $10. All proceeds go to the Alton Bay Airport manager (Paul LaRochelle) to help with the cost of plowing the runway. Drawing to be held January 31, 2015, at Southern Maine Aviation. You do not need to be present to win. All prizes must be collected by June 1, 2015. For more information or to buy tickets contact Southern Maine Aviation at  207-324-8919

UAV "Sense And Avoid" 01-22-15:  The Air Force and Army seem to be going full steam ahead on developing the technology for advanced UAV's like the Predator. Here's some verbiage from a recent article. "The DoD has divided its SAA activities into GBSAA and ABSAA. The US Army is leading the GBSAA effort, while the US Air Force (USAF) is overseeing development of a common ABSAA, with the US Navy (USN) contributing heavily to the latter."  (When it comes to acronyms, you can't beat the military.) Recent photo's on the net look something like the picture to the right. However, in a recent add for a company called Quadrant plastics, they show sample pictures of advanced plastics development in land, air, and sea. The air sample appears to be some flavor of the Predator that does not appear on the web... yet... I wonder if it has morphing ailerons and flaps...

 
 
Fly a Cessna 152 for $64/hr
01-19-15:  According to Jamie Beckett, AOPA Ambassador, you can fly the newly refurbished 1979, just like new, Cessna 152 for $64/hr in a club environment. They have three yellow C152's all refurbished from a company called Aviat. They even talk about boiler gauges as an option.
Density Altitude -3200 feet 01-11-15:  That's right, minus 3200 feet. I've read a lot of articles that talk about density altitude and its negative effect on aircraft performance. Some FBO's out west keep the fuel tanks on their 150's and 172's at half tanks to keep the weight down as much as possible. Actually, some FBO's around here keep the tanks at half. If everybody weighed the FAA standard of 170 pounds it probably wouldn't be much of a problem. If you're at an airport where the elevation is 4000 feet and the temperatures is 99°F you might find yourself with a 7,000 foot density altitude. However, listening to the ASOS at Skyhaven the other day I heard them report the density altitude of minus 3,200 feet. Needless to say, climbing at over 1,000 fpm is not unusual in a Skyhawk in this kind of weather.

DAWN at 25,000 mph 01-10-15:  2015 must be the year of space probe climaxes. This one was launched back in 2007 a year after the New Horizons. VESTAUnlike the New Horizons spacecraft this one is powered by a Solar Array to provide a large amount of electricity to power ion thrusters. A unique feature of this thruster is that it allows the spacecraft to slow down and enter orbit of the objects it's visiting. The other probes do a fly-by.Dwarf Planet Ceres It also made a flyby of Mars and took some pictures in 2009, then continued on to the asteroid called Vesta in 2011 where it slowed down with the xenon-ion thrusters and entered orbit for about a year surveying the surface at a low (130 miles) and high (420 miles) orbits. The map is so detailed, all the geography has names of the craters, mountains, cliffs, etc. In 2012 the thrusters fired up and broke orbit to head for a dwarf planet called Ceres on March 6, 2015. It will fly several orbit heights and get as close as 233 miles away from the surfaces taking high resolution 3D pictures. Their website says after the primary mission the spacecraft will be left in orbit. They didn't say why, but I suspect they will have run out of thruster fuel. However, the solar array should be ok. Maybe there's a secondary mission we haven't heard about yet...

FAA Safety Seminar at Sanford   01-08-15: Title: Don't Get Left Out in the Cold, Topic: Winter Operations with CLICK HERE TO REGISTEREmphasis on Both Mechanical and Flight Considerations. Date and Time: Saturday, January 31, 2015, CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT ABOUT CHILIstarting at 10:00. Brief Description: Southern Maine Aviation Flight Instructor Sue Tholen along with special guest speaker Byron Danforth will lead discussions relevant to safe winter operations, with emphasis on mechanical and flight considerations. This Event will be held in the Southern Maine Aviation "Event Hangar" in the same building as "The Cockpit Café". This Event will include Southern Maine Aviation's 5 Alarm Chili Cook-Off beginning at noon. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

Happy New Year EAA225’ers! 01-06-15:  Hello Everyone, Pres John Ricciotti reminds us in the following letter of our annual Holiday Party.  Please read and if attending, please reply to John.  Hope to see as many that can attend this fun time with fellow members and guests. Regards, Gerry
EAA 225 Pot Luck holiday dinner - Saturday, January 10th 2015 - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

New Horizons at 50,000 mph 01-05-15:  Another space probe is starting to get some news attention and articles in different publications recently. This one was launched back in 2006 and is a NASA supported project operated by Johns Hopkins University in Laurel, Md. They have just recently switched from hibernation mode to "active" mode. Some of the articles talk about this space craft to be one of the fastest ever launched reaching the moon in 1/10th the time is took the Apollo astronauts. It also picked up more speed when it made the launch date window that allowed them to slingshot around Jupiter and speed up to around 50,000 mph. The radio signal from New Horizons, currently more than 2.9 billion miles from Earth, needed four hours and 26 minutes to reach NASA’s Deep Space Network station in Canberra, Australia. Besides carrying around seven instruments and a nuclear powered (plutonium-238) radioisotope thermal generator for electricity, it also has a container of the ashes of Clyde Tombaugh, the man who discovered Pluto in 1930. I wonder if he had that in his will...
 
 


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