Here's another article declaring that manned fighter jets are going to
be a thing of the past. All
the movies always show the hero saving us from a bad decision that the
autonomous fighter is about to make because it lacks feelings and human
gut instinct. Luke, use the force... The U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray
Mabus said in April about the fifth generation F-35
Lightning II, it "should be, and almost certainly will be, the last
manned strike fighter aircraft the Department of the Navy will ever buy
or fly." But... does it matter? The Pentagon says it has a budget of $5
billion to develop space-based offensive and defensive weapons. "To win
the next war, any great power will need to hold the ultimate in commanding
heights." Also, sometime in 2020 when the International
Space Station is decommissioned, China will launch the Tiangong
3 space station, and will become the only country with its own multimodule
craft in space. Hmmm... am I missing something here?
And SR22 CIRRUS On The Ramp 6-25-15:
The Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper is an
American observation and liaison aircraft built by Taylorcraft for the
United States Army Air Forces in World War II. It was also used by three
Canadian AOP squadrons. You
never know what you're going to find on the ramp by hangar 5. Out by the
fuel farm you might see a state-of-the-art CIRRUS SR22 sitting by the fuel
farm taking a drink of 100LL avgas. This one happened to stop in for a
drink on a return trip from Maine on his way to Hartford.
Lights At Winnipesaukee 6-24-15:
When the incoming CME hit the earth's atmosphere the charged particles
light up with the northern lights. Here's a short video that a person caught
at lake Winnipesaukee. A night flight would have been very interesting.
I've taken business flights at night (red eye) and everyone wants to close
the shades and wear blinders... what? I can't imagine being on a commercial
flight not looking at this from 30,000 feet.
Although this may be something more for astromers than pilots, it might
be noteworthy to mention that Coronal Mass Ejections
(explosions on the sun's surface) periodically affect radio communications
on the earth. According
to a recent report, on June 18th, the sun produced its biggest flare in
nearly two months and caused a brief low-frequency radio blackout over
North America and hurled a CME into space. A glancing blow from the CME
is likely on June 21st , possibly sparking a geomagnetic storm and solstice
auroras. The intense flare was strong enough to produce an R3-strong radio
blackout over much of the Pacific Ocean and western North America. In R3
blackouts, high-frequency radio communication and low-frequency navigation
signals are typically lost for about an hour. “Mariners, aviators,
and ham radio operators are the type of people who might have noticed the
In June On The New Runway At Hampton Airport 6-17-15:
Yes, that's right,
the new paved runway at Hampton Airport. It just recently opened and it's
pretty nice... very nice. Yes, I landed on runway 20 with the lights on...
yes, they have lights. If you haven't seen
it yet you can check out some pictures I took today. As I mentioned in
a previous article, I've heard that they want to have a parallel runway
in the grass. However one of their CFI's told me that I wouldn't be seeing
the grass strip for a while... "That takes a while to do, you know..."
oh, ok. In the meantime, we can land on the paved strip.
Airport Wings & Wheels 6-15-15:
Last Saturday on June 13 was a beautiful day
for the Wings and Wheels. There was plenty to do and plenty of people walking
the fairway. According to Foster's
Democrat, the Wings and Wheels was a smashing success. If you didn't
get a chance to go see what was going on, here's a few pictures of a quick
walk-around. I was talking to some of the car owners and some of the machines
have been receiving some TLC from their owners for over 20 years. Be sure
to checkout the video clips of the Robinson R66 powered by a Rolls Royce
225 Young Eagle Flight Rally with Wings & Wheels Event at Skyhaven
Airport Sat., June 13 6-11-15:
forget, kids 8 to 17 fly for FREE! Here's a message from
Gerry Peterson: Hello Everyone, We
are excited to once again join up with the Wings & Wheels event at
Skyhaven Airport this coming Saturday, June 13, 2015; as we hold our first
2015 EAA Young Eagle Flight Rally all day. EAA 225 will be hosting our
Young Eagle Flight Rally before during and after the WW event as we have
in the past few years. Pilots will get free food during the course of their
Young Eagle Flights and we would encourage members to come over to the
airport during the day to help if they can, as well as visit the Wings
& Wheels event. There are posters scattered around Rochester as well
as on the Skyhaven Airport web site that show all that is happening at
the WW event. If you have time on Saturday, June 13 to help out in some
manner, I’d appreciate a heads up so that we can assign you to some of
the tasks that could use reliefs during the event. If you can help, please
reply to this email or call and leave a message on my cell phone (603-512-2356).
Thank you and we hope to see you there. Regards, Gerry
Skyhaven Flying Club 5-31-15:
After many months of searching, the Skyhaven Flying Club has received their
2007 Cirrus SR20. The Skyhaven Flying Club has two hangars in hangar 4.
They recently sold one of their Cessna Skyhawks in anticipation to replace
it with a Cirrus. Now the club has a Cessna 172m and the Cirrus. This will
be a nice addition to the Skyhaven community and we look forward to seeing
this beautiful aircraft making its appearance at the fuel farm. CLICK
HERE TO SEE PICTURES OF THE 2007 Skyhaven Flying Club Cirrus.
For more information about the Cirrus SR20, you can read an extensive review
and commentary by Philip Greenspun, CFII at East Coast Aero Club Inc, Ph.D.
professor at MIT. Click
here to read his article.
in May 5-30-15:
The new runway is still working fine along with the various lighting systems
that makes Skyhaven a first class airport. Aside from a little springtime
haze the warm weather flying has begun. Now that the temperature is in
the 70's and 80's the Skyhawks return to their regular take-off specs.
If you've taken a break from flying over the winter, you might have to
take another break this week. Instead of shooting touch-n-go's you can
fire up the Garmin GS430 simulator and make a flight plan (FPL button)
for the Pilot Passport Run. You can't beat an analog graph to some up the
Stationair on Take-off 5-23-15:
As the horsepower goes up in single engine aircraft, there is a distinct
snapping sound that the propeller gives that lets you know it's not a Skyhawk.
TFR in Conn 5-19-15:
NOTAMs (FDC 5/2939 and FDC 5/2940) have been published that will affect
flight in the area during President Obama's planned visit.
Have A Winner 5-18-15: Sporty's
Pilot Shop that is, has announced a winner for their airplane give away
contest. A brand new Van's RV-12 light sport. Van's aircraft have a reputation
for being well built, fast and economical to operate. The RV-12 has a very
unique feature compared to other light sports where you can seat two 210
lb people, 20 gallons of fuel and 50 lbs of baggage — something rare in
the Light Sport Category. I've flown a couple of light sports and the FBO's
try to keep the fuel tank no more than half full to stay under gross weight.
It would have been nice for someone around here to have won the RV-12 but
unfortunately the winner lives in California.
Runway Grand Opening 5-17-15:
Here are some pictures of the Fly-in Celebration Grand Opening of the newly
reconstructed runway at Skyhaven Airport.
225 Meeting , Tuesday May 12, 2015 5-11-15:
Here's the EAA newsletter.
Engineering and Computer hardware and software editorials are talking
more and more about using "gesture movement" to execute computer commands.
They are also utilizing solid-state high speed cameras that can track your
eye movement. What you are looking at, and where you are looking can cause
the computer to execute a command. You can click on the picture to see
an article about a company called Visteon that demonstrates eye control
of some of the electronics in a simulated car. I hear that the high end
cars like Audi, Mercedes, BMW already have HMI's that will make you say
wow. A few years ago I talked with a research engineer at a seminar that
told me he was working on a camera system that could identify you as you
walked into a room by reading the retina in your eye. Although this article
is about cars, I have a feeling it's going to creep into aircraft instrument
panels in the near future.