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CLASS "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
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EAA 225 Meeting Tues Jan 12  1-11-16: EAA newsletter from Gerry Peterson:
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VFR 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. 

Elixir Aircraft 12-31-15:  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.

FAA Safety Seminar At Sanford 12-29-15: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 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.

12-22-15: 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 F-35 HMD VIDEOincludes 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 style... what?

Tecnam P2010 Certification12-21-15: AOPA reports the P2010 has SR20received certification P2010and 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 burningFLIGHT DESIGN C4 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.
stall
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payload lbs
w-full fuel
cabin width
inches
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feet
hp Price
C182 56 166 620 42 795 230 515,000
C206 62 173 759 43 910 310 530,000
SR20 64 172 675 49 1478 200 359,900
C172 55 142 600 40 960 180
364,000
P2010 52 153 620 45 803 180 345,000
C4 57 1661 792 52 F 47 R 1312 180 $260,000
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Alternative To Quadcopter Drone 12-15-15: A company called Ascent AeroSystems received the "Cool 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. 

SuperCritical Wing Saves Billions? 12-12-15: A publication called "Spinoff" recently featured CLICK HERE TO READ NASA ARTICLEan 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. 
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VFR 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.

EAA 225 Meeting Update 12-03-15: From Gerry Peterson: "To All EAA 225 & EAA 1210 Joint meeting attendees: PICTURE SHOWN AT THE 2012 WINGS AND WHEELS AT SKYHAVENSouthern 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"

EAA 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."
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Exception 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.

FAA Begins Decommissioning VORs  11-27-15: AOPA 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 five-year period.

Hypersonic 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.

FAA Safety Seminar for Instructors at Sanford 11-20-15: Title: FAASTeam Flight CLICK HERE TO REGISTERInstructor 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 aircraft. On 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.

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XTI TriFan 600 11-15-15: 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.

November 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

Seaplane Performs Spin Upon Water Landing  11-9-15: Holy Mackerel!
Skydiving 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."
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VFR 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.
 
NEW 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

MULTIPLE TFR NOTICE  10-28-15: 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 mention that 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.

Autonomous Refueling The X-47B With An Omega K-707 Tanker.
10-28-15: This 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? 
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Flying 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...)

 
 
 
 
 

 

FlyThisSim 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: 
http://skyhavenflyingclub.org/simulator/

EAA 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

FAA 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, 2015, CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATIONstarting at 10:00 Eastern Daylight Time Download Calendar File, Brief Description: Military and General Aviation aircraft CLICK HERE TO VISIT PORT CITY AIRshare 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/. A complimentary lunch will be served by Great Circle Catering.

VFR In October 10-4-15: Fall is in the air and the cooler weather is coming back. Every now and then when 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 then.


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