advice for TFR's 02-01-15: AOPA
just released a video of an interview with the NORAD commander and asked
him, "What can GA pilots do to become more aware of TFR's?" According to
Admiral Gortney, "Proper pre-flight preparation, proper briefs, proper
execution, proper de-briefs, check weather, check NOTAMS, check for TFR's,
check for obstructions, think about how you're going to fly, chair fly
then go flying." (Actually, if you click on the Skyhaven
weather page you can do all of that in less than five minutes... except
for the go flying part.)
a Cessna (refurbished) 172 for
Is Sporty trying to outdo AOPA? AOPA is trying to sell the idea
of flight schools buying (old) refurbished Cessna 152's for just under
but you still have an old C-152 when you're done. In comes Sporty with
their version of the rebuilt Cessna for flight schools. Pointing out the
fact that most CFI's and students don't weigh 170 lbs, they have come up
with their idea of a new affordable trainer, the 172LITE. For around $130k
you get aCessna
172N era Skyhawk that has the back seat, carpets, and plastic instrument
panel removed to give you a plane black steel boiler gauge instrument panel
with plastic vinyl floors with a large cargo space for your flight bag
and paraphernalia... not unless you have an EFB tablet.
of 2015 01-29-15:
Although the Notam said the airport was closed today, the cleanup crew
has the area looking like it's ready to go.
Here's some information from David DeVries about the Alton Bay Ice Airport.
Needless to say, today being the Blizzard of 2015, not too many airports
are open. Landing on the ice is a unique experience that's shared by all
types of planes but usually dominated by tail-draggers, Cherokee's and
Skyhawks. Here's Dave's message: "ALTON
BAY ICE RUNWAY IS OPEN (B18) Alton
Bay airport volunteer Paul LA Rochelle says the airport is open! You can
get runway condition reports by calling 875-3498 for a recording.
You can also reach Paul at 455-7817 for more detailed information!
Runway is 1/19 and the frequency is 122.8.
Make sure you check the recording before you launch as the runway condition
can change quickly due to warm temperatures or snow storms etc.. Paul and
his gang are all volunteers paying for their own fuel and other related
expenses. The best way to help would be to support the effort by Southern
Maine aviation to raise money through a raffle.
(See attached). The NHPA will also be financially supporting B18 again
this year. David, NHPA. If you know a pilot that is not a member
of the NHPA please send them to our website to sign up, it's FREE!! WWW.NEWHAMPSHIREPILOTS.ORG".
Altitude on Mars 01-24-15:
Density altitude is certainly a main part of our preflight before heading
to the friendly skies. Tuning into the local AWOS quickly gives us an idea
of what we can expect for take-off performance. However, recent articles
have been talking about putting an AUAV on Mars. A remote RC helicopter
that will be used to help explore the Martian landscape. Apparently the
engineers and scientist at NASA have worked out the numbers for the design
specifications of an Autonomous
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Compared to Earth, the Mars gravity is 3/8th and
100 times less atmosphere. According to the video, 2400 rpm and a 3.6 foot
rotor blade will do the trick. One of the biggest concerns the designers
have is landing the aircraft (which he refers to as 7 seconds of terror)
after each daily mission. This project is part of the Mars 2020 Mission
which includes landing a car size rover.
Bay Ice Airport 01-22-15:
SUPPORT THE MAINTENANCE OF THE ALTON BAY ICE RUNWAY
2015 ICE RUNWAY RAFFLE. Lots of COOL prizes, including 10 gallons of Aviation
Fuel, Southern Maine Aviation Sweatshirt, 2015 SuperCub.Org Calendar.
Tickets are $2 ea, or 6 for $10. All proceeds go to the Alton Bay Airport
manager (Paul LaRochelle) to help with the cost of plowing the runway.
Drawing to be held January 31, 2015, at Southern Maine Aviation. You do
not need to be present to win. All prizes must be collected by June 1,
2015. For more information or to buy tickets contact Southern Maine Aviation
The Air Force and Army seem to be going full steam ahead on
developing the technology for advanced UAV's like the Predator. Here's
some verbiage from a recent article. "The DoD has divided its SAA activities
into GBSAA and ABSAA. The US Army is leading the GBSAA effort, while the
US Air Force (USAF) is overseeing development of a common ABSAA, with the
US Navy (USN) contributing heavily to the latter." (When it comes
to acronyms, you can't beat the military.) Recent photo's on the net
look something like the picture to the right. However, in a recent add
for a company
called Quadrant plastics, they show sample pictures of advanced plastics
development in land, air, and sea. The air sample appears to be some flavor
of the Predator that does not appear on the web... yet... I wonder if it
has morphing ailerons and flaps...
That's right, minus 3200 feet. I've read a lot of articles that talk about
and its negative effect on aircraft performance. Some FBO's out west keep
the fuel tanks on their 150's and 172's at half tanks to keep the weight
down as much as possible. Actually, some FBO's around here keep the tanks
at half. If everybody weighed the FAA standard of 170 pounds it probably
wouldn't be much of a problem. If you're at an airport where the elevation
is 4000 feet and the temperatures is 99°F you might find yourself with
a 7,000 foot density altitude. However, listening to the ASOS at Skyhaven
the other day I heard them report the density altitude of minus 3,200 feet.
Needless to say, climbing at over 1,000 fpm is not unusual in a Skyhawk
in this kind of weather.
a Cessna 152 for $64/hr
to Jamie Beckett, AOPA Ambassador, you can fly the newly refurbished 1979,
just like new, Cessna 152 for $64/hr in a club environment. They have three
yellow C152's all refurbished from a company called Aviat. They even talk
about boiler gauges as an option.
at 25,000 mph 01-10-15:
2015 must be the year of space probe climaxes. This one was launched back
in 2007 a year after
the New Horizons. Unlike
the New Horizons spacecraft this one is powered by a Solar Array to provide
a large amount of electricity to power ion thrusters. A unique feature
of this thruster is that it allows the spacecraft to slow down and enter
orbit of the objects it's visiting. The other probes do a fly-by.
It also made a flyby of Mars and took some pictures in 2009, then continued
on to the asteroid called Vesta in 2011 where it slowed down with the xenon-ion
thrusters and entered orbit for about a year surveying the surface at a
low (130 miles) and high (420 miles) orbits. The map is so detailed, all
the geography has names of the craters, mountains, cliffs, etc. In 2012
the thrusters fired up and broke orbit to head for a dwarf planet called
Ceres on March 6, 2015. It will fly several orbit heights and get as close
as 233 miles away from the surfaces taking high resolution 3D pictures.
Their website says after the primary mission the spacecraft will be left
in orbit. They didn't say why, but I suspect they will have run out of
thruster fuel. However, the solar array should be ok. Maybe there's a secondary
mission we haven't heard about yet...
Safety Seminar at Sanford 01-08-15:
Don't Get Left Out in the Cold, Topic: Winter Operations with Emphasis
on Both Mechanical and Flight Considerations. Date and Time: Saturday,
January 31, 2015, starting
at 10:00. Brief Description: Southern Maine Aviation Flight Instructor
Sue Tholen along with special guest speaker Byron Danforth will lead discussions
relevant to safe winter operations, with emphasis on mechanical and flight
considerations. This Event will be held in the Southern Maine Aviation
"Event Hangar" in the same building as "The Cockpit Café". This
Event will include Southern Maine Aviation's 5 Alarm Chili Cook-Off beginning
at noon. CLICK
HERE FOR MORE INFO.
New Year EAA225’ers! 01-06-15:
Hello Everyone, Pres John Ricciotti reminds us in the following letter
of our annual Holiday Party. Please read and if attending, please
reply to John. Hope to see as many that can attend this fun time
with fellow members and guests. Regards, Gerry
EAA 225 Pot Luck holiday
dinner - Saturday, January 10th 2015 - CLICK
HERE FOR MORE INFO
Horizons at 50,000 mph 01-05-15:
Another space probe is starting to get some news attention and articles
in different publications recently. This one was launched back in 2006
and is a NASA supported project operated by Johns
Hopkins University in Laurel, Md. They have just recently switched
from hibernation mode to "active" mode. Some of the articles talk about
this space craft to be one of the fastest ever launched reaching the moon
in 1/10th the time is took the Apollo astronauts. It also picked up more
speed when it made the launch date window that allowed them to slingshot
around Jupiter and speed up to around 50,000 mph. The radio signal from
New Horizons, currently more than 2.9 billion miles from Earth, needed
four hours and 26 minutes to reach NASA’s Deep Space Network station in
Canberra, Australia. Besides carrying around seven instruments and a nuclear
powered (plutonium-238) radioisotope thermal generator for electricity,
it also has a container of the ashes of Clyde
Tombaugh, the man who discovered Pluto in 1930. I wonder if he had
that in his will...
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.
Maybe I should of asked Santa for a new camera. A two second delay on the
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.
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.
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.
MPH SPEED RECORD 12-12-14:
I recently received an email about the Hennessey VenomGT
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 mile
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 flying,
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.
HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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!
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.
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"
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.
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.
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, an
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?
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
You Ready for Glass? 11-05-14:
The days of analog boiler gauges seems to be taking a back seat to what's
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.