In September 9-19-15:
This is the longest summer I can remember in a long time. 80 degree weather
in September? I suspect a turn-a-round is coming shortly and the winter
jackets will be coming out of the closet. In the meantime, the calm winds
and clear sky's make for an extremely smooth ride in a single engine aircraft.
How about poking a hole in the Pease (Portsmouth) airspace and peeking
at the hidden aircraft in hangars at Hampton airport. Nice new hard surface
runway but I bet the locals miss the grass and are anxious for the parallel
grass strip to be opened.
5 Maintenance & Repair 9-13-15:
The planes come and go from hangar five with a variety of
work and service by Glen Horne. Whether it's an old antique, a refurbished
warbird, a Skyhawk, Piper, just about anything that will fit in the hangar,
actually, even if it doesn't fit in the hangar, hangar 5 is where
your plane can be repaired and put back into service. If you're happy with
the service and you feel like hunting some black bear in the north woods
of New Hampshire, Glen can help you out there as well. If that's not exciting
enough, how about a canoe trip down the Alagash river winding through the
woods, navigation around and over rapids that may or may not decide it's
time to take a swim.
International Seaplane Fly-In 9-8-15:
The Greenville Seaplane Base, one mile west of the Greenville Municipal
Airport, (3B1), on the southernmost tip of Moosehead Lake is the site of
the 42nd Annual International Seaplane Fly-In.
225 meeting , Tuesday - September 8th 9-8-15:
This month’s meeting will feature two Chapter Video magazines from EAA
for us to enjoy. As we had a very full meeting in August with Scott’s
pictures, we have August and September’s videos to share. Included in these
videos are: a prize for the Hints for Homebuilders, the history of the
the deHavilland Mosquito, all about sparks plugs, an Airventure Highlight
Video, Project Give Flight, John Moody (Father of Ultralights) and a Hints
for Homebuilders section on keeping cable ends from fraying. CLICK
HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Angels At Brunswick Airport 9-7-15:
Did you get to see them? I missed them this year, but it sounds like they're
back at Brunswick. The world renowned U.S. Navy Blue Angels appeared at
the Brunswick Air Show with their F/A-18 Hornets. Performers got underway
just after noon. Among the acts, “Sky dancer” Anna Serbeninko performed
aerial acrobatics, and Kent Pietsch with his aerial comedy act along with
a U.S. F-22 raptor high over the runway. According to the Bangor Daily
News, cars were at a standstill on Route 1 in Brunswick Saturday morning
while tens thousands of fans poured into the Brunswick Landing for the
2015 Great State of Maine Air Show.
Here's some pics sent in
from Peter Bruckner:
AOPA has a safety advisory that's called "Airspace For Everyone" and describes
the airspace as complex and convoluted, but with a
little study it can make sense. There seems to be
a rule out there that says to increase safety you need to increase complexity.
Enter ADS-B (an acronym for “Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast”)
and in. As of 2020, any place you fly that requires a transponder will
require a device equipped with ADS-B out. But, there is more to the complexity
part. Here's a graphic of the ADS-B requirements. A new feature added to
maintain complexity is a special line at 10,000 feet. Wait there's more.
They also talk about two systems, UAT (Universal Access
or 1090ES as in "Extended Squitter." Which system should
you use? It sounds like the UAT system might be more popular in single
engine aircraft. The UAT system also has the options of TIS/B AND FIS/B.
However, Garmin is suggesting that you might want to consider combining
the benefits of having both 1090ES and UAT equipment... what? Yes, you
can buy a transponder that complies with current mode C and mode S requirements
along with some GPS capabilities in one box. Then, you can get a UAT device
that has all the bandwidth advantages for things like TIS/B AND FIS/B options.
And, all of this data will appear on your new MFD, providing it is compatible
with the ADS-B equipment. It might be noted that a synonym for "convoluted"
Fastest Lycoming I0-320
In The World? 8-30-15:
AOPA is calling the plane the "fastest
four cylinder airplane in the world." Students from the Universidade Federal
de Minas Gerais in Brazil, led by professor and raceplane designer Paulo
Iscold, claimed five world speed records with their new airplane, Anequim
with pilot Gunar Armin setting a top speed of 324 mph. The inside of the
cockpit looks about the size of a soapbox derby. So, if your BMI is in
the big boy range, you won't be piloting this plane soon. I haven't found
what the G limit is on that wing, but it looks awful thin. The
engine is said to be a super modified Lycoming IO-360 (used on Skyhawks)
that runs "quite a bit over the red line 2700 rpm," and produces 278 horsepower.
What did they do to soup up the engine to produce 278 hp from a 180 hp
engine? Another item they reference is a special propeller from Catto.
At first glance, the prop seems to maintain a sharp airfoil shape right
down to the hub as opposed to the rounding effect you normally see in a
Skyhawk. Iscold travels the world as race engineer for Paul Bonhomme’s
Red Bull Air Race team
1, 2 & 4 8-27-15:
magazine and other aviation editorials are talking about how Airbus
has committed into the development of the electric powered aircraft and
is working with some big names in the aircraft
industry to make it happen. They claim to be using the general aviation
aircraft industry as a platform for proving their design concepts with
the eventual idea of designing a commercial airplane powered by electric
ducted fans. The E-Fan 1 has been making appearances at airshows and airports
around the world. Now they are saying they will be building a factory in
France that will make the E-Fan 2 and 4, a two place and four place electric
powered plane. The electric motors developed by Siemens have a 5:1
power to weight ratio compared to a power to weight ratio of 2:1 used in
electric cars. The E-Fan 4 will carry a bunch of lithium ion batteries
that will give it about one hour of flight. They also talk about carrying
a 200 horsepower diesel burning jet fuel engine that will drive a generator
that will supply power for the electric motors and recharge the batteries.
(Isn't that how they powered diesel electric motors in submarines?) The
E-Fan 4 is expected to give similar price and performance to today's gasoline
piston planes (they reference a $400,000 Cessna Skyhawk) but would burn
25 to 50 percent less fuel. The first production E-Fan 2.0 is scheduled
to make its first flight in 2017. Both the 2.0 and 4.0 will have twin fans
and electric motors, T-tail, canopy and winglets. If you don't mind squeezing
into a small cockpit like some of the light sport aircraft you might like
like the E-fan 4.
Lightning From The ISS 8-20-15:
Living on the International Space Station has some unique views of the
earth that no one has ever seen before. A recent discovery by scientist
is a phenomena called "sprites." Apparently, with severe lightning storms,
when a bolt of lightning flashes it not only sends a bolt of light to the
ground, but it also sends electrically charged particles into the ionosphere
called sprites. Below is a picture taken from the ISS of a sprite over
northern Mexico. The green ban is charged oxygen particles in the ionosphere
about 80 miles up. The ISS is 249 miles up and traveling around 17,000
mph. Talk about a Kodak moment...
P2010 Will Blow You Away? 8-18-15:
AOPA magazine features a Tecnam P2010 on the front cover that seems
to be targeting the world of Skyhawk pilots. Did they really bring the old
Skyhawk design out
of the 20th century and into the future with modern updates that makes
it leave the Skyhawk in the dust? It seems some people are saying yes,
and others are saying maybe. Some say it looks like a Cessna Cardinal with
a make-over. One thing for certain, the rear access door seems to truly
say, "I'm a four place airplane." It cruises 9 knots faster than a Skyhawk,
the cabin is 5 inches wider, and it has a rear door, and similar to the
Cardinal, it has a larger front door so you can get your feet in and out
without doing yoga contortions.
But, what about the Flight
Design C4? Not
only does it have a door on the right
side of the rear seat, but it has a two piece front and rear door on the
left side that when opened together creates one large opening that definitely
has a wow factor. It also cruises at 155 knots along with its cantilevered
no strut wing! Price wise, the P2010 claims to be less than a Skyhawk,
but you're still basically in the 1/4 million dollar market. That's probably
why a lot of flight schools are using 1970 and 1980 vintage hawks with
old gps receivers that have postage stamp size coarse pixel green screens.
Some people don't think these new Skyhawk look-alikes are going to fill
the gap. In comes Sporty's 172LITE with their version of a 2 seat
trainer where you don't have to worry about not being able to fill the
fuel tanks because you'll be over gross weight.
In August 8-12-15:
Going on a VFR cross country at this time of the year is great especially
if you have a
destination that includes some activities like site seen or maybe attend
a show. How about taking some friends for a ride and flying up to northern
Vermont. Crossing the western part of the White Mountains can offer a great
variety of sights from the lakes region to Mount Moosilauke, a 4,802-foot-high
mountain at the southwestern end of the White Mountains in the town of
Benton, New Hampshire.
225 Newsletter And Young Eagles Info 8-11-15:
Hello Everyone, Here’s the August issue of our chapter newsletter, Enjoy.
Subject: YOUNGEAGLES@SANFORDAUG29. Greeting EAA’s and friends. We
are planning our last Young Eagles event of this year at Sanford Saturday
August 29 2015. The past events at Sanford and Rochester were a huge success,
thanks to everybody help. I would like to continue this trend. Pilots,
if you would like to fly please let me know. We are looking for the all
important ground support for set up and food prep and sales, if you can,
help please do. I will be emailing set up times and reminders as the event
get closer. So far this year we have flown over 200 young eagles( I have
lost count ) I have attach a poster and a information flyer please feel
free to past along and or post. Thank you all, Steve.
Aircraft At Skyhaven ~ 8-6-15: New
England Aerobatics Club will be holding a practice session at Skyhaven
on Saturday, September 5th with a rain date of Sunday September 6th.
Having the airport next to the highway gives people a chance to take advantage
of seeing special aircraft gathered at the airport for various activities.
Once in a while you might get a free show just by watching the local club
practice their skills. Click on the black Pitts icon and see some pictures
sent in by Peter Bruckner.
Safety Seminar ~ 8-6-15:
Title: Cross Country Challenge
Cross Country Challenge, Date and Time: Thursday, September 3, 2015, starting
at 19:00 Eastern Daylight Time, Location of Seminar: Southern
NH University, 2500 N. River Road, Dining Center, Banquet Hall #2,
NH 03106. Speaker(s): AOPA ASI Presenter, Brief Description: When we
talk about safety, we normally tackle one issue at a time—thunderstorms
one day, taxi clearances the next. But out in the real world, any given
flight can bring together a whole range of interconnected safety issues.
Space Shuttle Drone? 8-4-15:
A long time ago back in September 1988
after the American space shuttle program was restarting following the Challenger
disaster, the Russian's sent their version and look alike of the
space shuttle called "Buran" up and orbited the planet twice and made a
perfect landing without any humans on board! So, back in 1988
the Russian's had a spacecraft capable of flying people and cargo into
space and back without any pilots? The short answer is yes! Soon afterwards,
the Soviet Union collapsed and the whole project was abandoned. It looks
as if they literally just stopped everything and left everything exactly
were it was during a regular workday. Ever do a project around the house
and leave your tools and equipment spread out everywhere until the project's
done? What happens if you don't finish the project?
Class A Airspace 7-29-15:
Science recently featured several
plan to give balloon rides up to 100,000 feet. I wonder who the pilots
will be talking to when they pass through the top of the class A airspace
of 60,000 feet. "Hello Boston Center, we are with you at 60,000 feet climbing
to 100,000." A company called World View Experience in Tucson Arizona,
is currently taking $7,500
deposits to reserve a seat on future flights which are projected to start
around 2017 for around $75,000 per person. How many tickets would you like?
Here is another creative way for wealthy people to spend their money. When
you've traveled around the world several times, own several homes in different
countries, own the car, house and boat
(yacht) of you dreams, what else is there? How about sipping on a Martini
looking out the window at the Grand Canyon from 100,000 feet... and for
only $75,000. You can spend that amount taking your family on an ocean
& IonoSTAGE 7-25-15:
A lot of technical talk is buzzing the internet about the WAAS system. The
simple definition of WAAS
from Garmin is: "Basically, it's a system of satellites and ground
stations that provide GPS signal corrections, giving you even better position
accuracy." In an article from NASA, Ratheon has developed two computer
programs called, SuperTruth
and IonoSTAGE, that correct data collected from the GPS signals from
satellites that is combined with 38 ground based stations in the United
States. A problem with the GPS signals is error caused by constant changes
in the ionosphere that causes shifts and delays in the signals. SuperTruth
and IonoSTAGE correct the data from 100 m to something less that 3m which
is then sent
back to special GPS satellites for distribution into the WAAS system.
And... it gives you that three dimensional accuracy without any navigational
equipment at the airport.
ALERT For Martha's Vineyard 7-22-15:
Looks like the FAA is turning up the heat on TFR
violators. Apparently many pilots either do not check the TFR's or could
it be they don't realize they are penetrating the perimeter. They wouldn't
be doing it on purpose, right? AOPA just sent a new version of the TFR
alert with the big bold red banner with do's, don'ts, in's and out's, and
when to code and not to code.