"D" AIRSPACE 2-1-16
A recent article about Class D airspace cautions pilots about the variations
in the outline of the Class D Airspace. He cautions that even up-to-date
software for your MFD display may not be accurate and that you need to
verify the map data with your sectional. It also gave an example of a Class
D airspace in New York with its unusual circular segment. I think I would
also be concerned about the Class B and Class C airspace. Below is a 3D
depiction of the airspace referenced in the article... more
225 Meeting Tues Jan 12 1-11-16:
EAA newsletter from Gerry Peterson:
In January 2016 1-6-16:
Finally the weather opens up for a little VFR flight conditions. At this
time of the year, climbing out at Vx brings the airplane at a steeper angle
than the usual climbout with the rate of climb indicator standing up straight
at attention. Although it was a little quite on the ramp, hangar 5 was
busy as ever with projects from putting new fabric on a Taylorcraft to
replacing an engine on a Skyhawk. Something unique this year is being able
to land at Hampton Airport without skis.
At first glance, it appears that another light sport aircraft company emerges
with their bid for the light sport market. Although it has the earmarks
of a low wing light sport, the designers of the Elixir appear to be looking
for a different market. I've read articles of light sport manufactures
doing things to lower the top speed and other features that keep the planes
within the limits of the light sport definition. But for Elixir, they didn't
put the limiting features on and created a small low wing 912 or 914 Rotax
high performance two seater that cruises at 153 knots (176 mph).
Wow! Now that's what I'm talking about... "It's a high-performing
two-seater airplane, crafted to appeal to the passenger experience with
a unique wing structure, comfort and gains in payload, safety and costs.
The aircraft’s first flight is expected to take place in mid-2016." It
has a 29 gallon tank with a 617 lbs payload minus 174 lbs of fuel = 443
lbs of pilot and co-pilot. Note: A typical light sport would have 18 gals
full tank with 374 cabin payload. Other features include 3.7 gal/hr at
65%, take-off in less than 980 feet, anti deflagration fuel tank, wide
touch screen glass cockpit (Garmin), engine and propeller single lever
control, parachute as standard equipment, no structural bonding operation,
innovative box type structure, and an innovative Tablet dock.
Safety Seminar At Sanford 12-29-15:
Here's some information on the safety seminar at Sanford near the end of
January. "Title: Southern Maine Aviation Safety Seminar & Chili Cook-off,
Topic: Winter Weather and Flight Operations, Date and Time: Saturday, January
23, 2016, starting at 10:00 Eastern Standard Time. Speaker(s): John Gary,
Sue Tholen. Brief Description: Does the thought of winter flying put a
knot in your stomach? Perhaps
you feel it would be best to wait until Spring to spread your wings again.
It doesn't have to be that way. Winter flying can be safe and fun.
We will discuss the steps that every pilot should take to enjoy flying
during the crisp, clear days of winter. Join John Gary (DPE, CFI,
FAASTeam Rep) and Sue Tholen (CFI, FAASTeam Rep) for an informative and
interesting presentation. Flight instructors are encouraged to attend
with their students." There's another seminar at Nashua on January 14 about
flying into Boston Logan Airport in a single engine plane. According to
the AOPA airport data sheet, you will need around $198.60 to pay for the
landing and all the other fees.
Another article about the last fighter pilot to imply that the drones will
be taking over. Popular Science recently did another detailed review of
the F-35 and two pilot instructors and their comments about the plane and
the future. Some interesting facts about the F-35 includes
things like the hourly cost of $14,183. Is that wet? Or how about the latest
helmet that has six external camera feeds that project video onto the face
shield that gives the pilot the sensation of being able to look through
the jet. It also has a cueing system that lets the pilot aim weapons with
his eyes, along with a special night vision system. At $400,000 per helmet,
I would expect it to do some pretty amazing things. One of the biggest
concerns is having the autonomous aircraft making autonomous decisions
about life and death. According to Heather Penney, society will never get
to the point where we trust weapons platforms to make autonomous decisions
about life and death. Heather is the famous F-16 Air National Guard pilot
that was assigned to take down United Airlines Flight 93. The only problem
was that she had no ammunition and was expected to ram the airliner if
required. In a video she said that she would take out the tail Kamikaze
AOPA reports the P2010 has received
willl be sold in the U.S. North Carolina, Texas, California, and New York.
It cost less than a Skyhawk ($364,000) at $345,000. The first seven P2010
were cash sales and it's sounding like Skyhawk customers will be having
a tough choice. The P2010 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 current front runner, the Cirrus
SR20 at $359,900? Here's an excerpt from an article about the Flight
Design C4... "that will haul nearly as much as a c206 and outpace a c182
and a c206 while burning
c172 gas and costing over $100k less than a c172. This plane has the
potential to put Cessna out of the high wing piston single business. Period.
Much like the CTLS
did to the skycatcher. Meanwhile 5 pilots can pool $50k and have a brand
new plane that will get you from the east coast to Oshkosh and back without
taking a drop of fuel after the initial departure," along with its cantilevered
no strut wing and 47 in cabin! How about a new Piper Archer for $399,495
that cruises at 128 kts... what? AOPA may be in love with the P2010 but
I think I'm going to hang on to my deposit until I take a ride in the C4.
It's been said they will be assembled in Newport Vermont, near Lake Memphremagog.
F 47 R
To Quadcopter Drone 12-15-15:
A company called Ascent AeroSystems received the
Idea Award" for developing a cylindrical drone that has counter-rotating
rotors. It carries a GoPro camera and can fly autonomously and follow hikers
and workers while they walk on trails. The Sprite Drone, developed by Arizona-based
Ascent AeroSystems, is a portable drone that collapses to the size
of a water bottle and uses a coaxial rotor design (two rotors stacked one
atop the other)." The target market for the Sprite includes outdoor enthusiasts,
such as hikers, backpackers and wilderness adventurers, though significant
interest has also come from public safety, law enforcement, defense, security,
scientific research and other commercial end-users. Current pricing begins
at $699. The unmanned aerial vehicle can fly autonomously under the guidance
of its autopilot, or manually using a conventional flight controller or
Android mobile device.
Wing Saves Billions? 12-12-15:
A publication called "Spinoff" recently featured an article
about the successful commercialization of NASA technology. The commercialization
has contributed to the development of products and services in the fields
of health and medicine, consumer goods, transportation, public safety,
computer technology, and environmental resources. One of those research
items is the "supercritical wing" design. It has an unusual airfoil design
that allows high speed aircraft to fly closer to the speed of sound with
less power and thrust which translates to higher speeds ~.85 mach as opposed
to .78 mach. The Boeing 777 cruises at 560 mph with a lower than normal
rate of fuel burn because it has a "supercritical wing." On a regular airfoil
a shock wave is generated on the top of the wing at speeds approaching
the speed of sound. The shock wave creates so much resistance that aircraft
stay below that speed ( .7 mach range) to avoid high fuel rate burns. CLICK
HERE for a nice article on the difference between the wing designs
and why it isn't being used on small single engine planes.
In December 12-06-15:
Looks like we might be in for a mild winter, but it's still too early to
make any predictions.
With the temperatures in the high 50's it felt more like a decent fall
day rather than the first week of December with winter not far around the
corner. The Rochester Christmas Parade was in full swing this afternoon
with people lining the downtown streets. Although western NH and Vermont
had fog and freezing fog today, the sun visited the coastal area to make
a nice warm December day. We'll see what happens in January.
225 Meeting Update 12-03-15:
From Gerry Peterson: "To All EAA 225 & EAA 1210 Joint meeting attendees: Southern
Maine Aviation has offered the use of the FBO Hangar next adjacent to the
FBO Office for Saturday, December 5, 2015 Joint Chapter meeting.
Please note the change in location. Thank You! Regards, Gerry." "HI
Jim, Thank you for the offer for the heated hangar. If I do bring
the D over I would love to put it in the hangar, it would be a good backdrop
and I won’t need to worry about preheating it again. I thought you might
have had a small room in the big hangar that was heated so we would be
able to do the presentation there. The potluck is a great idea. I
know someone that might be able to make some thai dishes. I will let Gerry
get the word out as he has a better email list than me. Thank you again
for the hangar space. It should be a great time. Regards, John"
225 Meeting Dec 5th at Sanford 12-01-15:
From Gerry Peterson: "Hello Everyone, Please read and pay attention to
page 2 for President John Ricciotti’s Meeting announcement. We’re meeting
in Sanford this coming Saturday along with EAA 1210 for another Joint meeting.
Enjoy the rest of the newsletter. Regards, Gerry." "We hope to see you
on Saturday, December 5th at 10AM for our monthly meeting held with EAA
Chapter 1210 at the Sanford, Maine airport."
To The Rule FAR 61.3 11-28-15
Have you ever tried to write instructions for something to do? You carefully
study everything about the topic and confidently complete your work. Then,
someone tries to read your instructions and does not understand part or
all of it and has all kinds of questions about things you thought were
absolutely clear. Take for example FAR 61.3, which says that a cross country
flight, "includes a point of landing that was a least a straight-line distance
of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure..."
unless you're a student pilot. "Let's say Airport B is 45 miles north of
Airport A, and Airport C is 45 miles south. If a student flew from Airport
A to B, from Airport B to C, and from Airport C back to A, the flight would
fulfill his solo cross-country requirement. The total distance is 180 miles,
with legs of 45, 90, and 45 miles, and the 90-mile leg meets the 50-mile
straight-line requirement." If you do this flight as a private pilot you
can't log it as a cross country because non of the airports were more than
50 miles from the original airport. That's
according to an article written in 1998.
Begins Decommissioning VORs 11-27-15:
announces the FAA will begin decommissioning VOR's, two of them in
New England. One in Maine (PNN PRINCETON) and one in Connecticut (ORW NORWICH).
The FAA will begin the first phase of its plan to decommission lesser-used
VORs and has announced a list of the first 35 VORs to be cut as part of
a plan to create a minimum operational network (MON) that will serve as
a backup to ensure aircraft can land safely in the event of a widespread
satellite navigation outage. The list of VORs slated for decommissioning
includes some sites that will be among 74 VORs set to be removed from service
in the next five years during the first phase of the project. Others on
the list won’t be decommissioned until the second phase, which is set to
begin in 2020 and will involve decommissioning another 234 VORs over a
Flight At Mach 25? 11-27-15:
News feeds are talking about a German company that
says it's working on a project that will fly 50 passenger at mach
25 (around 19,000 mph). Hypersonic means speeds of Mach 5 or over, or more
than five times the speed of sound. Supersonic is Mach 1, or the speed
of sound. It's based on a two-stage concept, not unlike the Space Shuttle,
where both the booster and passenger stages start in an upright configuration
using 11 rocket engines during launch (nine on the booster stage and two
on the passenger stage). The system accelerates into the mesosphere using
traditional cryogenic rocket propulsion reaching a speed of up to Mach
25. After reaching a maximum altitude of about 80 kilometers, the passenger
stage begins a gliding descent towards its destination.
Safety Seminar for Instructors at Sanford11-20-15:
Title: FAASTeam Flight Instructor
Open Forum, Date and Time: Wednesday, December 9, 2015, starting
at 18:00 Eastern Standard Time, Topic: Transitioning from Steam
to Glass & Glass to Steam Gauges. Thanks to Southern Maine Aviation,
and in particular to Jim Knowles, John Gary, and Sue Tholen.
The year 2005 is significant
in that it may be known as the last year manufacturers built steam gauge
September 16, 1983, in response to the Soviet downing of Korean Air flight
007, President Regan offers to make GPS available to non-military users
for free once the system becomes operational. This is the beginning of
satellite navigation for civilian aviation. According
to data provided by the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA),
during 2006 more than 90% of new piston-powered light airplanes were equipped
with full glass cockpit displays. Integrating autopilots, communication,
navigation, and other aircraft systems was the next step in the upgrade.
XTI TriFan 600
Former executives from famous companies like Jeff Pino, former president
of Sikorsky Aircraft, Charlie Johnson, former president of Cessna Aircraft,
Dennis Olcott, former chief engineer at Piper and Adam aircraft, have joined
up with XTI to develop the 6 place XTI TriFan 600, a conceptual three-rotor
vertical takeoff and landing airplane that will fly 400 mph and powered
by 2,600 hp of two turboshaft engines. Hmm, if the plane weighs between
5,000 to 10,000 lbs., they might have a lot of homework to do with the
"V" part of their design. MORE.
10th, EAA 225 monthly meeting 11-10-15:
This Tuesday’s meeting will feature our BBQ dinner and it will be free
to all veterans. This month’s meeting will feature EAA’s November Chapter
video magazine which explains the Eagle Flight Program, glider aerobatics
over Oshkosh and flying the Aircoupe on it’s 75th anniversary. This
month’s hints for homebuilders features using high-temperature silicon
tape. We will also get a recap of the last Young Eagles Rally of
the year held in Concord, NH this past weekend. Steven Richard described
it as very successful with about 80 Young Eagles taking to the skies in
rather blustery conditions. CLICK
HERE FOR MORE INFO
Performs Spin Upon Water Landing 11-9-15:
in a Vertical Wind Tunnel 11-6-15:
A company called SkyVenture of Austin Texas has come up with a vertical
wind tunnel that simulates the act of skydiving. The tunnel is powered
by a 600 hp fan that can run at a continuous 400 hp, and has a special
industrial computer called a "Programmable Logic Controller"
that controls the fan and air flow. The airflow speed is said to be up
to 170 mph. I've read that terminal velocity for skydivers is around 120
mph, so it sounds like the wind tunnel has the capacity to blow you up
to the ceiling. But you don't have to go to Texas to try it out! They also
have a facility in Nashua NH called SkyVenture
New Hampshire that has "Adventurous attraction offering indoor skydiving,
surfing & rock climbing, plus a waterslide & cafe."
In November 11-3-15:
The fall foliage is coming to an end and winter flying is just around the
corner. Yes, I have my snowblower ready to go. The scrapper blade has been
adjusted and the new bronze
wheel bushing have been installed. I saw migrating geese flying around
the airport, although I've read someplace that a large number of Canadian
geese in the Northeast have stopped migrating and stay here for the winter.
Although, I can't remember any geese flying over my house in February at
10 degrees above zero. In this flight I caught two great looking well preserved
planes. One is a 1946 Cessna 140, the other is a 1947 Piper Super Cruiser.
Someone told me it has a Lycoming 180hp engine in it. In the video, it
didn't take much runway for take-off.
YORK CLASS B AIRSPACE TFR 10-30-15:
NOTAMs (FDC 5/5684 and FDC 5/5686) have been published that will affect
flight in the area during President Obama's planned visit. Location: Within
the lateral limits of the New York Class B airspace. From the surface up
to but not inlcuding 18,000 feet MSL. Times:12:30 PM local until 10:45
PM local Monday, November 2, 2015
AOPA has sent out a "multiple TFR" notice for the upcoming TFR's in NEW
YORK, NY AND NEWARK, NJ ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2015. Various editorials
TFR's continue to be violated by small single engine aircraft in spite
of all the attention to improve pilot awareness. So, now we are apparently
getting notices before the notice, that is if you are a member of AOPA.
In the years before 911 and all the Federal issues and the aviation TFR's
came about, a visit to the airport for a short ride around the pattern
or a visit to a nearby airport without checking with FSS was not a problem.
But in today's airspace, even a ride around the pattern requires either
a call to FSS or a visit to DUATS on the web to ensure the skies are not
red with TFR paint.
Refueling The X-47B With An Omega K-707 Tanker.
year, Northrop Grumman Corporation completed testing of a refueling operations
with the X-47B autonomous fighter. That's right, autonomous as in "no pilot!"
Not only is there no pilot, but the aircraft is given a command to move
into position and refuel and a computer program flies and guides the aircraft
into the refueling drogues that's being dragged from an Omega K-707 tanker.
The Omega K-707
tanker is a company which provides aerial refueling services for the military.
Omega developed the first commercial aerial refueling aircraft in 1999,
and has provided aerial refueling services under contract to the United
States Navy since 2001.
The company has also supported
the Royal Australian Air
Force training exercises due to delays to the delivery of the Air Force's
KC-30A tankers. I wonder how much of the military refueling will be turned
over to the commercial sector?
In The Dark 10-20-15 Taking night pictures can
be a challenge unless you have the right equipment. It seems like the automatic
setting can't self-adjust for unusual scenes like nighttime aerial photos.
Then you need to master the manual modes and tweak all the technical settings
manually to get that perfect shot. (Easier said then done...)
Flight Simulator at Skyhaven 10-18-15:
Congratulations to the Skyhaven Flying Club who recently obtained and installed
a new flight simulator from FlyThisSim.com. Dave Todaro of the Skyhaven
Flying Club gave a demo to the club members of the new installation in
the pilot lounge at Skyhaven Airport. The simulator is currently setup
for the clubs Skyhawk and Cirrus SR20 and is only available for the club
members. Dave is excited to offer the simulator to the club members and
gives the club pilots an opportunity to study and review the complexities
of the SR20 while sitting in the comfort of the Skyhaven pilot lounge.
For more information you can visit the club website at:
225 Meeting Oct 13 10-13-15:
From the president’s shop, Well it’s the second Tuesday of the month and
that means our monthly meeting is coming up. Tuesday, October 13th
is our meeting date and we will be serving up our BBQ dinner at 6PM with
the meeting to follow at 7PM. This month’s meeting will feature a slideshow
of the last three Fly-Ins the the Waco D attended as well as EAA’s Chapter
Video Magazine for October. It was a great season for the Waco D
and the weather really cooperated. From the most spectacular Oshkosh
to no rain in Blakesburg, Iowa to fall weather in Brodhead, Wisconsin,
it just couldn’t get any better. CLICK
HERE FOR MORE INFO
Safety Seminar at Port City Air 10-7-15:
Title: New England Mid-Air Collision Avoidance Seminar (NEMACS), Topic:
Learn to Avoid Mid-Air Collistions, Date and Time: Saturday, October 24,
at 10:00 Eastern Daylight Time Download Calendar File, Brief Description:
Military and General Aviation aircraft share
the same airspace, but use it very differently. This event is an opportunity
for military and civilian pilots to meet and exchange ideas on how we can
work together to avoid mid-air collisions. The seminar starts at 10am,
with aircraft tours and a trade-show style "meet and greet" to follow.
Attendance is limited to active pilots, other flight crew and student pilots.
Due to limited ramp space, all fly-ins should register at http://www.portcityair.com/nemacs/.
complimentary lunch will be served by Great Circle Catering.
In October 10-4-15:
Fall is in the air and the cooler weather is coming back. Every now and
you stop by the airport, you might catch a hangar door open to reveal some
of the various aircraft that live at Skyhaven. At this flight I happened
to catch a glimpse of a beautiful 1968 Beech Bonanza. If you have ever
thought about building a house right next to a runway you might checkout
the for sale sign at Littlebrook Airport. There's not to many airplanes
tied down in the grass, but down on the south end there's some hangars
with some pretty special kit planes that show themselves every now and