Wing Design 2-07-17:
Universities and research labs have major programs trying to develop wing
warping designs into aircraft. "Engineers at NASA and MIT’s Center for
Bits and Atoms (CBA) combined new digital materials concepts with a highly
advanced robotic assembly method to create a new, “bendable” wing architecture
that optimizes lift and roll. The benefits of such an approach applied
to an aerospace application like wing design, researchers say, is to increase
aerodynamics and thus improve fuel efficiency." ...more
AT THE HOUSTON SUPER BOWL2-04-17:
With all the unrest in the news lately, it appears that the TFR's might
be taking over the skies again. Someone the other day said that Tom Brady
is getting his very own presidential TFR... hmmm.
IN THE CRACKS:
The airport maintenance crew plans to start tomorrow morning (0830) filling
in the large cracks in front of some hangers. The rubber has to set before
being able to roll over it. It should only take a "couple hours" for that
IN JANUARY 1-26-17:
In between the wind, ice, snow storms and rain, the weather maps open
up to show a temporary flight condition called VFR. If your airplane is
in a hangar, at least you can do the preflight in a hospitable area before
venturing out in the cold. The other day I tuned in to AWOS and it said,
"Density Altitude minus 3,000 feet." The pic on the right shows a
white dot at the top of the screen. That's Venus and the picture does not
do it justice. It actually looks like a landing light on a KC135.
& WHITNEY New High-Bypass Engine 1-18-17:
Pratt & Whitney has a new engine that has some impressive numbers.
Here's a bit from Forbes: Pratt has spent $10 billion and 20 years developing
the geared turbofan. The engines will reduce fuel consumption 15%, extend
the plane's range by 500 nautical miles, reduce environmental emissions
by 50% and reduce noise by 75%.
family of A320neo narrow body jetliners to Lufthansa. The "neo" designation
of the Airbus family stands for "new engine option," and the planes Lufthansa
has bought will be equipped with the "geared turbofan" engine made by Pratt
Hi EAA 225’ers, Just a reminder that our monthly meeting is Tuesday , January
10th. We won’t be BBQ’ing but will try to bring some snacks. The meeting
will have a short slideshow on the 787 training I just went through. The
remainder of the meeting will discuss the upcoming year for EAA 225. Hope
to see you there! Regards, John Ricciotti
EAA 225, chapter president.
We currently have hangar vacancies available.
For more information contact:
Andrew B. Pomeroy
Airport Operations Supervisor
Pease Airport Management (KPSM & KDAW)
Another airship article emerges on finding new ways to re-invent the blimp.
Jay Godsall from Ontario Canada is designing an airship that's been shaped
into a fat looking wing that has solar cells on the top and huge control
surfaces like ailerons and elevators and can run on solar power. They also
mention it can use piston engines. Looking at some of the videos it looks
like the Rotax is being used. His claim to fame is being able to fly in
and out of a soccer field... more.
Before the days of GPS, finding an airport at night required keeping
the CDI centered on a VOR radial and cross referencing your position from
another VOR radial. Another thing you might be looking for is the airport
beacon which normally verifies the airport location. In the case for Skyhaven,
the beacon is not at the airport which becomes evident when lining up with
Program Replaces Physical Test Stand 12-24-16:
people do not realize that wings and tail surfaces on planes may seem fixed
and unmovable, but they are actually designed to flex under the load of
the aircraft when they lift the plane. Some articles talk about the wing
tips moving up 4 m (13 feet) before lift off. During flight as the plane
goes through turbulence, you might say that the wings are flapping up and
down around 13 feet. (YouTube has video's of this.) To ensure the wings
can take the strain, physical test stands are built to bend the wings and
horizontal stabilizers to verify mechanical operation during all the bending.
However, recently, Airbus has replaced a physical test stand with a computer
program that is saving Airbus millions in time and material costs.
Are Back 12-21-16:
Articles are showing up again about Lockheed Martin's hybrid blimp project
gone from a Skunkworks secret project for the U.S. Army to a commercial
project. It started 10 years ago with the P-791 which was modified to the
LMH-1 craft and announced to operate in Alaska through a private company
called Straightline Aviation. The blimp is helium filled and it looks like
the aerodynamic shape is a custom shaped fabric bag that is susceptible
to getting holes in it. To fix the holes, they designed a special robot
that crawls the surface of the blimp and repairs the holes when it finds
one. That sounds strange to me... CLICK
HERE to see the spiders
In December 2016 12-17-16:
The wind snow and ice have arrived, not to mention the cold temperatures.
For many people, the cold means staying inside, but for others the winter
offers new things to do like skiing and snow machine riding. For airplanes,
cold dry air means operating at peak performance.