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TFR In Boston March 30 3-27-15
President Barack Obama will visit Boston on March 30 for the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute. The institute is being built on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston next to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. 
 First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and friends and family of the late Massachusetts Senator will also be in attendance. A NOTAM (FDC 5/8590) has been published that will affect flight in the area during President Obama's planned visit. BOSTON, MA ON MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015
Propellers In The Water  3-26-15 A company called Tidal Energy LTD. is deploying a water powered turbine in Ramsey Sound off the coast of the UK in early 2015. They'll be testing a 400kW turbine with a view to working up to the full-scale device (1.2MW) in 2016. 
These turbines lay on the bottom of ocean channels using the power of tidal water to generate electricity. Hydrokinetic energy turbines are being set up off the coast of several countries like the UK, China, India and the U.S. "One of the first projects to see deployment by the end of 2015 is the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project (RITE), in which 30 turbines are being installed into New York City’s East River. They will provide 1,050 kW of electricity to 9,500 residents." 

Using Wings for Thrust ?  3-21-15: You normally associate a wing as a part of the aircraft that produces lift when you drag it through the air. Thrust is usually defined as a force that is created by the engine that pushes the aircraft. However, the airfoil shape of a wing doesn't really care if the wing is being pulled through the air, or if the air is blowing by a fixed wing. A company in California determined that a wing is more efficient than a sail for propelling a sail boat. Unlike an aircraft, it appears that a high angle of attack is desired to give them maximum thrust, and by using an automatic trimming device it will automatically swing the wing around to always produce maximum thrust. For a Skyhawk, 15º angle of attack is in the slow speed catagory not to far from a stall but will give you a lot more distance and endurance. Apparently the force on the wing created by a high angle of attack provides the ideal thrust for pushing a boat through the water. So, is the big airfoil they are sticking on the boat acting like a wing or like a propeller blade... looks like a wing to me.

Hangar 5 and Wild Coyotes  3-17-15: Hangar 5 is usually busy with Glen Horne surrounded CLICK HERE TO SEE RAMP PICS AND INSIDE HANGAR 5by airplanes and airplane parts. But if you stop by and he's not there, he just might be off on someCLICK HERE TO SEE GLEN HUNT WILD COYOTES adventure in the north country. Glen's guide service is getting a lot of attention these days and when I sat down to watch the news on WBIN TV the New Hampshire Fish and Game had a show that was featuring various hunters and guides in New Hampshire. They were showing a segment about a guide in New Hampshire that decided to hunt coyote and his name was Glen Horne. They went with Glen on a night hunt and actually show him getting a couple of coyotes. Glen was telling me that he got an invitation to dinner with the governor of Maine. I said that this would be a good time to wear his new tuxedo. He said what tuxedo? 

VFR In March  3-14-15: So I finally updated my old Sony 1.2 megapixel to a Fuji 16 megapixel. I must say it makes quite a difference. I needed a memory card so I stopped at Walmart a got a 32 gig, that's right, gig not meg, memory card for $20. How many pictures can you put on a 32 gig memory card? I believe the camera says over 7,000. I guess I didn't need a 32 gig... oh well. I'm still trying to figure out all the buttons and settings but I guess the one I like the best is "Auto". Technically it's not a movie camera but it does have a HD movie options. So, instead of clicking a bunch of pictures, I pressed the movie button a bunch of times and glued them together in Windows MovieMaker, and yes, added some background music.

Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2  3-8-15: "Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 would allow thousands of pilots to fly recreationally CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATIONwithout requiring a third class medical certificate and would allow pilots to fly under IFR or VFR in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds. Pilots also would be allowed to carry up to five passengers, fly at altitudes below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots." That means you can fly a Cirrus SR22 at 183 knots or a Cessna Corvalis at 235 knots without a third class medical. They're not talking about a sport pilots license. The bill also offers new protection from liability for GA pilots, improve the NOTAM system, and aid pilots who face enforcement actions.

EAA 225 Meeting One Week EARLY  3-1-15: Here's an excerpt from an email forward from Gerry Peterson: "Hello EAA’ers, Well this month, even though winter’s grasp appears in full force, will start our Young Eagles season.  The first event will be at Sanford Maine on Saturday, March 7th.  Due to schedule conflicts we will be moving up our monthly meeting to THIS Tuesday, March 3rd.  It will also give Steve Richards a chance to get the word out to a few more of our members about the upcoming Young Eagles rally. The meeting location will change also.  We are planning a Metal Working meeting in EAA 225 chapter president, John Ricciotti’s workshop in Barrington..." CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
CAP Open House at Sanford Airport  2-27-15: I just received a bulletin about a C.A.P. open house being held at Sanford Airport. The time is shown as Tuesday March 3, 2015 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Click on the icon to see the poster. At previous air shows held here at Skyhaven I've seen the CAP Cessna 182 on the ramp with a full glass panel. That Skylane I've heard is stationed at Pease at the Seacoast Composite Squadron.The open house in this poster is for the Sanford based squadron. CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE
Piles of Snow  2-27-15: We must be setting all kinds of records for snow this year. My roof rake has certainly gotten a workout not to mention my arms and shoulders. Snow plows have been challenged on how high and how far they can push the snow. Around the airport a heavy duty bucket loader is the tool of choice. Although we've been hammered with more than our fare share of snow the maintenance crew has the runway and taxiway cleared right down to the pavement. Here's some pics taken last Sunday.
Paved Runway at Hampton Airport 2-26-15: I just got wind of a project at Hampton AirportCLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION to pave the runway. Actually, the newsletter says combination paved and grass runway. Here's an excerpt from their newsletter. "COMING SOON! Runway Improvement Plans are moving forward for a combined pavement and grass runway to be completed sometime in May of 2015. Please come to an informational session March 2, 2015 at 7PM in the Airfield Cafe to view the plans and get your questions answered."
IR PTS  2-20-15: An article about Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards talks about the transition between boiler gauges and glass panels. The partial instrument panel testing was in part due to component failure from a faulty vacuum gauges or and electrical problem. But today's glass panels are solid state. How to practice for partial instrument failure and what exactly happens can be dilemma. The manual for a DG, or artificial horizon is usually a little booklet describing the appearance of the instrument and the features of maybe a single knob for adjustment. Ok, the DG, press the knob in and turn to the current magnetic heading and pull the knob out. What about the glass panel? The booklet for that instrument is probably half to three quarters of an inch thick where you can easily spend many hours reading and studying the various settings and adjustments, not to mention the trouble shooting section of potential display errors. And if you do get a display error, how serious is it? How about "EFIS NOT DETECTED" message. I got that one time but the FBO said it was ok because the message came from the EMS that was referring to the ethernet connection to the EFIS. Because the EFIS was ok, and the EMS was ok, the message turned out to be just a notification of the option to split the screen on the EFIS to include the EMS was disabled. I wouldn't want to get a message on the display that looked like this one at 5 miles away from the runway

Biddeford Airport Gets Council Approval 2-17-15: "The Biddeford City Council voted Tuesday to move CLICK HERE TO SEE ARTICLE AND PICTURES FROM JAN 2014forward with safety improvements at the municipal airport, ending a six-year stalemate over the fate of the city-owned property." According to the Portland Press Herald the city council is making progress with complying with an FAA directive to cut some trees that have become a potential hazard for landing aircraft. Landing at Biddeford is a unique experience with the runway 6 and 24. Landing at night is also a must. The runway lights pop out of the blackness where the airport is in a wooded area. Keeping everything lined up with the runway on final approach is a good idea because of the trees they talked about. Climbing out from runway 24 at night you're headed toward a wooded area and it's probably a good idea to keep your eyes on the gauges for a few minutes until you get a little altitude.
Click here to see an article on Biddeford in 2013. 

RVSM Airspace  2-17-15: For Piper and Cessna single engine pilots the term RVSM Airspace might sound strange. Flying magazine recently had an article about the new Cirrus jet and its cruising altitudes are limited to FL280 because it is not certified for RVSM (Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum). RVSM goes from FL290 to FL410 and was implemented in 2005 to allow aircraft to be separated by 1,000 feet instead of the previous requirement of 2,000 feet because of improved technology and equipment. If you don't have RVSM certification you need to stay below or above the RVSM area. Cirrus expects some of their SR22 owners to trade in for the new SF50 Vision jet. 

New Weather Satellite Launched  2-12-15: Scientist recently sent a new satellite into space to replace an outdated weather satellite that was originally launched in 1997. This satellite is unique because it not only sends data about the earth's atmosphere, but its primary purpose is to monitor the solar weather from the sun. It also acts as an early warning system from Coronal Mass Ejections (massive explosions on the sun) that can be harmful to radio communications and power grids. Another unique thing about this satellite is its location at what's called the "L1" point. The "L1" point is the position between the earth and the sun where the gravity between the two objects cancels out. That means the satellite stays between the earth and the sun while the earth orbits the sun. It's about 932,000 miles from the earth. It was launched yesterday and will take about 5 months to be up and running. To the left, is a picture of earth taken from a satellite 1,000,000 miles from earth.