ECLIPSE OF THE SUN ~ 11-24-16:
The ads and excitement are starting to ramp up on the rare and unusual
for 2017. 2016 seems to be a year for unusual events and it looks like
2017 might continue the trend, only this time with some predictability
and science involved. In the line arc shown in the add below, people standing
(or sitting) within 67 miles of that arc on August 21, 2017 will witness
darkness and a drop in temperature as the moon passes by the sun. It will
last for a little over two minutes. But you don't have to go down south
or out west to see it. The rest of the U.S. will see a partial eclipse
and the show will last for 2-1/2 hours here in the Boston area:
TFR ~ 11-19-16
Did you see the TFR for
Trump Tower? Right in the middle of the Class B New York airspace. They
trimmed it down a little so it wouldn't block the Hudson River corridor.
I wonder how many pilots violate the airspace around the corridor. Here's
a partial 3D rendering of the class B & C as transparent and the class
D and red Trump TFR as solid. veddy interesting...
AT SKYHAVEN ~ 11-14-16
NOTAMS! ~ 11-12-16:
Did you see the "Rocket Notam" today? Data
Current as of: Sat, 12 Nov 2016 19:03:00 UTC - KDAW SKYHAVEN
11/002 - AIRSPACE UNMANNED ROCKET WI AN AREA DEFINED AS 1NM RADIUS OF PSM006014
(2.3NM NNE DAW) SFC-10000FT. 12 NOV 15:00 2016 UNTIL 12 NOV 22:00
2016. CREATED: 11 NOV 11:06 2016
Unless you fly every
day, or every weekend, chances are that you may not have seen this notam
before, but it pops up every now and then. However, unfortunately, the
notam list do not differentiate between the notam that talks about a tower
light that is out versus a potential flight hazard that could cause serious
damage. One thing that caught my eye was the altitude for this "rocket"
notam. It's ten thousand feet! As in 10,000 feet. Here's what it looks
like in 3D. I drew the Class "D" space of Pease for comparison.
Vat-Growing Drones 11-4-16:
BAE Systems and the University of Glasgow are working on an idea to grow
military aircraft drones in a large vat of liquid chemicals that will form,
shape and assemble a military aircraft. The video below looks looks more
like computer sci-fi than an advanced technology. However, you might have
seen a video from a company called Carbon3D a while back that shows their
new machine growing a plastic part from a liquid. After you watch the below
animated video, click
HERE to see a more simple version of the real thing.
And iPhones ~ 10-29-16:
No apps or special programs required for cell phone devices to connect
You can connect directly to the website
no lenthy downloads to wait for. Be sure to go to the weather page that
fits nicely on android devices also. The weather page is designed to give
you instant weather with embedded pictures from popular aviation weather
sites. Click on the pic and get more detailed info at that website. For
easy access, the menu on the weather page scrolls down the page all the
way down to the bottom. Zoom the menu with two fingers and click on a topic
for viewing. How about looking up a tail number on LINKS page under NEWS
& INFO. Take a look at DUATS. They have a Android friendly page also.
Just be sure to have cookies turned on before you go to the DUATS website.
Orbiter Arrived At Jupiter in July ~ 10-24-16:
Traveling at 130,000
mph on its way to Jupiter at 540 million miles away, the Juno orbiter entered
orbit on July 4th. It was launched in 2011 and made an Earth fly-bye
for gravity assist to propel it on its way to Jupiter in 2013. It will
fly close to Jupiter and analyze Jupiters atmosphere while flying through
high radiation that requires protection for its electronic instruments
kept in a special box built with 1/2" thick titanium plates. Check out
the man silhouette to get a feel for the size of that thing... MORE
In October ~ 10-21-16:
Amazing warm weather continues to bathe New England in October. If
you go outdoors and forget your jacket you will find that it's not a problem.
But we all know the sayings about the changing weather in New England.
Winter is around the corner along with the snow and ice. A few days ago
the activity seemed to be all around hangar 4. Keep your eyes open when
you're at the airport. You never know when a hangar door will open and
reveal a hidden treasure.
Aircraft At Skyhaven ~ 10-18-16:
New England Aerobatics Club held a practice session at Skyhaven on Saturday,
October 15th. Have you ever heard of them? It is a unique
pilots who fly aerobatics aircraft. The aerobatics club occasionally uses
Skyhaven as a practice airport because of its proximity to wooded areas.
According to an article, "Skyhaven has fuel and food locally and a densely
wooded area with low population just east of the runway." Click
here to see more information about the NEAC.
225 Young Eagle Flight Rally 10-12-16
16, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, KDAW - Skyhaven Airport, Rochester, NH, EAA
225 hosts last Young Eagle Flight Rally for 2016 at Skyhaven Airport, Rochester,
NH The event is open to all kids age 8 to 17 and the event may include
registration, a mini ground school, free flight, a certificate commemorating
the flight signed by the pilot and Sean Tucker. The Chapter will also be
sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 am to 11 am and a BBQ lunch at
Proceeds help supoort our aviaiton scholarship open to student pilots from
age 15 to 25. The $1000 plus scholarship is awarded to aspiring pilots
who are enrolled in area airport flight training programs. The application
form is available online at the Chapter
What does it take to make a 787? How about 5,400 suppliers in 38 U.S. states
and 19 countries. This excerpt from Digital Engineering talks about the
complexity and extremely large numbers required to build a 787.
TFR ALERT! 9-29-16
BANGOR, ME ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 . A NOTAM has been published (FDC
6/0842) that will affect flight in the area during President Obama's planned
Runway Assessment and Condition
Reporting, Effective October 1, 2016
9-28-16 Here's a excerpt from Steve's Bourque email about RCAM
that takes effect on October 1st. "The FAA is
implementing some changes to the way airports report runway surface contamination
such as ice, snow and slush and even water. These changes are intended
to convey runway conditions to pilots which they can use to assess how
the contaminants will affect their particular aircraft's performance.
The RCAM (Runway Condition Assessment Matrix) is designed to more objectively
convey runway conditions through a NOTAM. Embedded in the field condition
NOTAM's you will now see a Runway Condition Code (RwyCC) which is a numerical
value from between 0 to 6, with 6 being dry pavement." more...
in SEPTEMBER 9-24-16:
Record breaking sunshine and warm temperatures have contributed to beautiful
VFR flying with visibility's of 30 to 50 miles on a regular basis. Going
for a ride in September in 80 degree weather is unusual to say the least.