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6-30-15: 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?

L2 Taylorcraft 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. CLICK HERE TO SEE PICSYou 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.

Northern 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.

The Aurora Borealis on June 22, 2015 - Wolfeboro, NH from Ron Risman on Vimeo.

Incoming CME 6-20-15: 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 disturbance." 

VFR In June On The New Runway At Hampton Airport 6-17-15: Yes, that's right,W O W ! 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 CLICK HERE TO SEE THE NEW RUNWAY AT HAMTON AIRPORTseen 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.
Skyhaven Airport Wings & Wheels 6-15-15: Last Saturday on June 13 was a beautiful CLICK HERE TO SEE PICTURESday 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 turbine engine.

EAA 225 Young Eagle Flight Rally with Wings & Wheels Event at Skyhaven Airport Sat., June 13  6-11-15: Dont' forget, kids 8 to 17 fly for FREE! Here's a message from Gerry Peterson: Hello Everyone, CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATIONWe 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
Congratulations 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.

VFR 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.

Springtime Rain  5-25-15: 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 weekly data.

Cessna 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.

Presidential 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.

We 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.

Skyhaven 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.

EAA 225 Meeting , Tuesday May 12, 2015  5-11-15: Here's the EAA newsletter.

HumanMachineInterface5-9-1 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.