those of us living below the arctic
the northern lights is something
we do not see very often.
pictures come from Sweden, Norway and Finland.
if you happen to be flying around the planet on the International Space
your vantage point is going to give you the most spectacular
you can get. This picture was taken by an ISS astronaut and posted on his
page. The northern lights are caused by an explosion on the Sun called
coronal mass ejection that blast a cloud of gas at the earth and lights
glowing torch at the north and south poles.
for more info.
Field Fly-In 8-16-14:
RUNWAY PROJECT 8-12-14:
In case you haven't been keeping up with the news updates on the runway
status you might want to take a look at some pictures I took yesterday
while in the pattern. Yes, on final for 33 you will be flying over heavy
duty paving and construction equipment.
and don't forget, do not cross the white line onto the yellow chevrons.
Click on the icons for more info.
Field Camp-out 8-12-14:
RALLY AT SANFORD AIRPORT 8-12-14:
Studying for a private pilot license requires a level of understanding
of weather and cloud formation. Learning and reading about them is one
thing, but personally witnessing them is another. Here's a pic sent in
by Peter of a cloud formation he took on his way back to Skyhaven last
Saturday. Click on the icon on the right to enlarge to see what Peter saw
looking out the window of his plane.
In The TFR 8-9-14:
I haven't seen this before. It looks like we have the TFR people giving
a little leeway to some of the surrounding airports. A close look at the
Martha's Vineyard TFR shows two little notches on the perimeter of the
TFR. So, no excuses for crossing the line... let the flyer beware...
TFR over Martha's Vineyard 8-5-14:
Taking a ride to the cape in August might prove to be a bit of a challenge.
What kind of escorts will be provided to any GA pilots violating the TFR
has not been publicized but the F-15's (do they still use F-15's?) at Otis
or maybe some Blackhawk helicopters are on standby somewhere.
CG-4A Combat Glider, Operation Overlord 8-01-14:
The stories about aviation in world war
II seem endless. The number of different designs for aircraft were not
short on ideas. One obscure aircraft that was designed by WACO for the
military for a mission on D-Day
was the WACO CG-4A combat glider. NOVA
on PBS put together a recreation of the glider mission working with
a french computer company called
Dassault Systemes. One aspect of the program shows how they made the
computer model by looking at unreadable old WW-II drawings and combining
what information they could get by using optical laser measuring equipment
to measure a Waco CG-4A in a museum in Granite Falls MN. AOPA and other
organizations talk about the joy of flying, but in WWII the opportunity
to satisfy the need for an adrenaline rush went way beyond the definition
of excitement. I might hesitate to climb on board an aircraft with the
Coffins." (Click on underlined words for more information.)
Flaps & Ailerons 7-26-14:
A few months ago we had an article about wing
being done with NASA and Boeing. There must
be some new technology in the material sciences out there that companies
have discovered. Here's another company called Flexsys,
that claims to have solved the material stress limits that have prevented
excessive bending of a material without damage. If you take a spoon out
of the silverware drawer and bend the handle 90 degrees to the spoon and
then let go of the spoon, well, we all know what will happen. The handle
will stay 90 degrees to the spoon. However, this newly discovered material
will allow the trailing edge of a wing to bend the same movements as a
flap or aileron and spring back to normal shape with no stress cracks or
wrinkles. I wonder if David
has anything to do with this?
click on underlined words for more information.)
Info on VIP TFR over Martha's Vineyard 7-25-14
In a circulated email letter by Dawn Wright, ATC Support Specialist, Cape
TRACON, more information is being disseminated about the Martha's Vineyard
upcoming TFR. She talks about pilot deviations, beacon codes, and flight
advisories. Click on the icon on the right for more information.
Flying Club Meeting & Runway Information 7-19-14:
As the runway construction project progresses, it is important that pilots
be informed with the latest information. Currently, runway 33 has a new
location that's out by the windsock. Dan Heeter of the Skyhaven Flying
Club reviewed some of the details about the runway project with some helpful
tips about airport and aircraft specifications. Click on the windsock for
Over Wiscasset 7-18-14:
TFR over Martha's Vineyard 7-17-14:
Here's an unusual alert from AOPA about the Presidential TFR for the presidents
vacation at Martha's Vineyard in August.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in support of the United States
Secret Service, will be issuing a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The TFR is expected to be in effect
from August 9, 2014 until August 24, 2014. Any supporting TFRs will
be published in future NOTAM(s). The times for this TFR have not yet been
determined. Check NOTAMs for latest information.
TFR over New York 7-14-14:
FAA to establish VIP TFR over New York,
NY on Thursday, July 17, 2014
ELECTRIC FLIGHT SIMULATOR 7-13-14
Flight simulators for commercial and military pilots have been using platforms
mounted on what's called a hexapod table which consist of six hydraulic
cylinders that create the motion. However, with the advance in electric
motor technology, they are replacing the hydraulic cylinders with electric
drive shafts on ball screws. Magnets made of a rare earth material called
neodymium is what makes this all possible.
in July 7-9-14:
It's not raining and a nice blue sky. Let's go for a ride before the severe
storms come in. I heard last night that 30,000 up northern NH were out
of electric power until this morning. Trees uprooted in Ohio and Pennsylvania
and Maryland. Fortunately, we haven't had any major damage around the seacoast
area. The winds today were out of the west gusting to 18. Here's a few
pics of the day.
Safety Seminar at Sanford Airport 7-8-14:
Click on the ice cream banner for more information.
Oshkosh July 28 to Aug 3 7-6-14:
Going to Oshkosh this year? If you like a big crowd then this is the place
you want to be. If you have any pictures from the event send them in and
we'll post them for everyone to see.