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".
Altitude on Mars 01-24-15:
Density altitude is certainly a main part of our preflight before heading
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 Autonomous
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.
Bay Ice Airport 01-22-15:
SUPPORT THE MAINTENANCE OF THE ALTON BAY ICE RUNWAY
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
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...
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.
That's right, minus 3200 feet. I've read a lot of articles that talk about
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.
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. Unlike
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.
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...
Safety Seminar at Sanford 01-08-15:
Don't Get Left Out in the Cold, Topic: Winter Operations with Emphasis
on Both Mechanical and Flight Considerations. Date and Time: Saturday,
January 31, 2015, starting
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.
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
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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