225 April meeting, 11 April 2017 4-10-17:
Bill Beauvais, Ultralight Chapter 67 president, will have a presentation
on Corvair engines for aircraft. Specifically, he recently attended
Corvair College and built up his engine. He will have a powerpoint
presentation and most likely some show and tell on the build process.
It should be quite interesting. The meeting is this coming Tuesday, April
11th. Meeting starts at 7:00PM and come early to socialize.
Fun Begins 4-5-17:
First major US fly-in kicks off in Fla. The Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In
and Expo in Florida is the first major US fly-in of 2017. The event begins
4-4-17 and will feature AOPA's Cessna 172 Sweepstakes plane. Tuesday morning,
the show’s management reports that vendor attendance is the highest in
the show’s history and is up 25 percent from the 2016 numbers. Sun 'n Fun
director Lites Leenhouts told reporters Tuesday morning that he sees increased
participation as a sign the economy has turned a corner.
In April 4-4-17:
Another surprise snow storm hits New England in April. April 1st to be
exact. I think I spent around 3 hours cleaning up the snow. It was thick,
wet and made the snow blowers earn their keep. On April 3rd a blue sky
vfr day appeared and many pilots took to the skies to take advantage of
the nice weather. Waiting for planes to take off and finding a spot to
enter downwind because of traffic on a Monday afternoon is not a common
occurrence. I was even #2 on take-off at Hampton. When I flew over Pease
I thought it looked like 12 F-15's on the ramp. Are we getting ready for
Drones In The US 3-25-17:
According to AOPA, by 2021 the number of private drones in the US will
reach 3.6 million, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, tripling
the 2016 total. Robotic technology is rapidly growing and coming out of
the laboratories and factories out into mainstream consumer products. Some
of the advances of scientific and industrial robots are pretty amazing.
Check out this recent release from Boston Dynamics called “Handle,” can
operate in tough environments - in the snow and over uneven terrain. The
6.5-foot-tall robot moves at 9 mph on wheels and can manage four-foot vertical
jumps. This thing looks more like an AutoBot.
In March 2017 3-19-17:
March is here and spring is around the corner... almost. The great snow
storm of March 2017 created some record snow for this time of the year.
Some people were talking about getting their lawnmowers ready but it might
be a few days before the grass becomes visible again. Three days after
the storm the blue sky returned and 50+ mile visibility allowed you to
see Crawford Notch from Skyhaven and the Boston skyline flying over Pease
airport. Check out the video to see a transition of Portsmouth Class "D"
Airspace crossing the runway centerline midfield at 1600 feet.
225 March 2017 Meeting 3-12-17
Hello Everyone, Guess I should have checked the weather before sending
out the newsletter. In any case EAA 225’s Dinner/Meeting has been moved
from tonight to Thursday, March 16, same times apply. Stay safe out
there during this storm. Regards, Gerry
Pilot's Handbook Updated 3-13-17 The
FAA website that has the handbooks and Manuals in pdf format and ready
for download is pretty comprehensive. Each chapter is a separate download
with high resolution graphics. You can also download the whole book in
one low res pdf file that's only about 58 MB. Meeting the private pilot
currency requirements can be challenging and requires a constant vigilance
on staying up-to-date with airspace changes, biennials, and of course,
piloting skills. Actually, the order of importance would be reversed. All
the knowledge in the world won't help if your piloting skills are not up
225 March 2017 Newsletter 3-12-17
Hello Everyone, Hope you all find the newsletter interesting. Please
note there are some really great EAA webinars for the balance of March
and for April. Enjoy! Regards, Gerry
Storm Watch For Tuesday 3-12-17 Here's what I call a clear,
concise, and linear weather forecast. He starts with Sunday at the west
coast and takes you to New England on Wednesday. March started with an
LIFR day and promises to cover any grass recently exposed by the melting