What's New?
Sanderson's Field  12-30-14:  Ted Sanderson, the owner and life long resident of Sanderson Field airport in Greenland NH has passed away. A life long pilot, retired from Eastern Airlines and flew with the NH Air National Guard since 1956. Sanderson's Field is famous for the yearly Yankee Ultra Light fly-ins. Click here to see some pics of one of their fly-ins.

Night Flight  12-27-14: Maybe I should of asked Santa for a new camera. A two second delay on the shutter speed made for interesting night pictures. Although the pics look more like Christmas lighting than aerial pics you can see how the Skyhaven runway stands out in the darkness with the the PAPI's and the transition from white to yellow on the runway edge lighting.

Taranis Stealth Top Secret Drone  12-21-14: Popular Science recently did a spread about military stealth drones and how the superiority of the global air space now held by the U.S. and Europe will be changing the strategy of military war planners. I recently read a industrial business and manufacturing article about the existence of a global disconnect between countries, governments, military with business and industry. While governments and military are talking about continued unrest between countries and superpowers, the global businesses and industries are working not only with Europe but with Asia and Russia in all types of products from clothing to aircraft. A good example of multinational collaboration would be the International Space Station. Popular Science was so intrigued with the UAV Drones they made a computer mockup of the Taranis that almost looks real. I thought the PVC looking nose gear and the severely scuffed floor gave it away. I would bet the actual floor of the Taranis hangar would be spotless and any markings would be kept in perfect condition.

VFR In December  12-16-14: The METAR weather map shows an awful lot of red, pink and blue dots lately. I heard a rumor that the sun might shine for one day and quickly found myself an airplane to fly and take advantage of the moment. A friend of mind the other day said, "Where do you go?" I said where do you go when you take your model "T" Ford for a ride. He said oh, I go down the street and stop in to see some friends and shoot the breeze. I told him I do the same, only at 2000 feet above the road. Here's a few pics from a recent VFR flight.

270 MPH SPEED RECORD  12-12-14: I recently received an email about the Hennessey VenomCLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON THE HENNESSEYGT that claims to have set a speed record of 270 mph. It took extensive engineering and design analysis to establish the aerodynamics and components that went into this car. It also took a 427 cu-in V8 that was pumped up to 1244 bhp @ 6600 rpm spec to do it. If you want to buy one you'll need a little over $1,000,000. But you still won't have the fastest street legal car. That belongs to the BADD GT car that has the standing SPEED MACHINE - CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEOmile record of 280+ mph with 1800 hp V8. They are looking to break 300 mph. That's all pretty impressive, but... as a pilot, if I had a couple of hundred thousand bucks burning a hole in my pocket and I was looking for a speed machine... well that might make a down payment on the street legal BADD GT (Ford Gt conversion). How about if I spent it on a Glasair III. It only has 300 hp but has a top speed of 290 mph and cruises at 278 mph at 8000 feet which is well within the FAA speed limit of 288 mph and I can get one for less that $200k. I'll race ya to Florida and I'll give you a few hours head start.
12-6-14: The OUT-OF-THE-BLUE SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION, in an effort to assist deserving flight students and promote the love of flCLICK HERE FOR MORE INFOying, will award financial assistance to Private Pilot License candidates based upon an applicant's merit, performance, and financial need.  The Foundation will award 50% of the REMAINING cost of achieving a Private Pilot License to students who have achieved solo status, up to: 60 hours total flight time, or $3,000 per student, whichever occurs first. 
Navy Chaplain Phillip Stephens and his wife Celisse, the first Out of the Blue flight scholarship recipients, join the exclusive ranks of licensed pilots on Saturday November 8th, 2014. Lt. and Mrs. Stephens completed their flight training at Hampton Airfield and successfully obtained their Private Pilot licenses on the same day. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

EAA 225 Newsletter  12-6-14: Here's the EAA newsletter from Gerry Peterson: "Hello Members & Friends of EAA 225, Here is the latest version of our Chapter Newsletter. Enjoy! Regards, Gerry"

Say Hello To The A-10 Warthog  12-5-14: Back in February of 2014 Avweb had an article about the end of the A-10 Warthog and it was being decommissioned to make way for high tech replacements. Hmmm, what new plane could take the place of the famous A-10? The answer is apparently that there is no plane in the U.S. military inventory that can come close to replacing the A-10. That's why a whole squadron of them is in the middle-east. Articles are popping up all over the internet about the 163rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. The unit, also known as the “Blacksnakes”, is part of the Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing, based at Fort Wayne, Ind. The squadron is a part of the newly reactivated 332ndAir Expeditionary Group. The group was reactivated on Nov. 16 to participate in Operation Inherent Resolve.

EAA 225 Meeting  11-30-14: Here's an email from Gerry about the upcoming meeting for the EAA 225 chapter. Looks like Todds house is pretty deep into the woods. I've been out to Mount Blue Job before but I never realized there was anything beyond that. Can you say "Blue Job Mountain." Here's Gerry's email:  "Hello Everyone, Chapter member Todd Scruton has graciously offered his shop/home up for our monthly meeting Tuesday evening, December 9th.  Todd lives in Strafford, NH; just west of Rochester via Rt 202A. I am enclosing a recent email from him with directions: Hi Gerry, Second Tuesday of the month is the standard meeting date right? So the 9th at 6pm. Dress warm, the shop isn't heated yet! But after everyone has had their fill of the zenith we can move into the house. The address is as follows. Todd Scruton 673 first crown point rd. Strafford NH, 03884 A word of caution for those using GPS, if you are traveling from the west or north it will steer you wrong and try to take you over a class six road. Take a good look at a map before you leave! If you have any more questions just call. 603-833-0271 Thanks, Todd  Regards, Gerry"

MASSIVE HANGAR DOORS  11-24-14: How do you open hangar doors? Well around here at Skyhaven, you push a button that says up, or down, or stop. But what about very large hangar doors that are on hangars for commercial airlines? In a recent article about special industrial computers called PLC's (Programmable Logic Controllers), they are basically saying that at some large airports the control panel to open the massive doors, 130 x 90 feet x 74,000 lbs, is a computer screen. 
Similar to the aircraft that go into these hangars, the door control systems are "glass panels." Levers and button, switches and relays are being replaced by solid state components that provide feedback information to the computer with all kinds of data about the doors condition, location all fed with cameras, laser and infrared sensors. The computer then controls the motors and mechanism required to move the doors.

SnowGate on 33  11-21-14: Everybody is getting ready for winter. If you didn't change the oil on your snow blower last spring, it's probably a good idea to do it pretty soon or you'll end up going two years on the same oil. Speaking of oil, it's also that time of year to plug in the engine oil heaters. Don't forget to plug in after your flight. By the way, that green fence is a "snow fence" and from what I understand, there is a specification on its size and dimensions from the taxiway. I believe the idea is to deflect the wind so that the taxiway will have minimum snow accumulation. I'll take another picture in January to see how it's working. Click on the runway numbers below to see some pics of the new runway.

Flying at 34,500 m.p.h.  11-14-14: Space travel these days seems to be happening mostly in the movie theaters. However, for the past 10 years since its launch, CLICK HERE TO ENLARGEan unmanned spacecraft (is that an USV?) has been circling the inner parts of the solar system to gain enough momentum to rendezvous with a comet called 67P somewhere out beyond the orbit of the planet Mars. The spacecraft is so far away, it takes 30 minutes for the radio signal (traveling at 186,282 miles per second) to reach it. Thanks to 17th century mathematician Isaac Newton for mathematically defining the laws of motion and gravity, engineers and scientist are able to calculate with orbital mechanics the trajectory of the spacecraft and use two nearby passes of earth and one pass by Mars to use a slingshot effect to accelerate to 34,500 mph required for the rendezvous. I wonder if manned spaceships will have a "Direct-To" button on their navigational screens?

EAA 225 Newsletter  11-10-14: It’s been 4 months since we last had a meeting in Sanford, Maine and our November meeting will be hosted by Southern Maine Aviation in Sanford. The November meeting will be held on Veterans Day (Tuesday, November 11th) and as a tribute to our veterans, they will eat our EAA 225 barbecue
for free.


Are You Ready for Glass?  11-05-14: The days of analog boiler gauges seems to be taking a back seat to what's being called the "Glass Panel." I had an opportunity to fly a light sport with a full Dynon EFIS-D1000 (Electronic Flight Monitoring System) and EMS (Engine Monitoring System) with auto-pilot. For some pilots, having all that automation in a light sport is a contradiction. Give me a six-pack, com-nav vor and a transponder and you're good to go. All right, maybe a Garmin GPS for nav instead of the VOR. Anything more than that is going to be a distraction. Besides, if you are going for a little ride for that so called $100 hamburger, you'll be able to see your airport of destination shortly after take-off. But if you're interested in a $300 hamburger, now you have some time to play around with the glass panel. Getting used to the little rectangular computer screens with all the sliding and scrolling bars framing the screen and spattered with various types of data in strategic locations takes a little getting used to. Dynon has a unique feature where the multifunction buttons are along the bottom of the screen so they can use the computer screen to show the name of the button function relative to the different screen pages that are active. And if you don't have enough information to satisfy your wow factor, you have the option to split the EFIS screen and add more data. Don't forget to look out the window every now and then so you don't overfly your destination.