Designers at Sandia National Laboratories recently came up with an "autonomous
UAV" that can change from a plane to a submarine and to a land vehicle
with wheels, or what would simulate the effects of a wheel. One of the
things that seemed odd in the video is that the vehicle seems to shed components
and discard them when it morphs from one shape to the other. On the original
shape as a plane, the animators didn't show us what happened to the propeller
and empennage (tail assembly) of the plane. It must of ejected them into
the water before changing to a flying wing. CLICK
HERE to see the video.
Hand Remote 11-3-13:
Here's a unique entry to a contest for different ideas for gadgets and
mechanisms. "USING AN ACCELEROMETER and a handful of sensors, a team of
Colorado State University students has created the Spatial Hand Remote.
The gadget controls the flight of a remote control airplane through the
sensors in a glove. The movement of the plane follows the movement of the
glove. As the hand in the glove tilts to the right or left, so does the
plane. Sensors attached to fingers of the left hand are used to control
the throttle, roll reverse, and the on-off switch. The hands control the
plane like a maestro controlling an orchestra." CLICK
HERE for more information.
OVER BOSTON Wed. 10-30-13 10-28-13:
FAA TO ESTABLISH
TFR OVER BOSTON, MA ON WEDNESDAY A NOTAM has been issued that will
restrict flight in the area during President Obama's planned visit. ==>
33 NM RADIUS TFR <== Location: On the BOSTON VOR/DME (BOS) 280 degree
radial at 9.4 nautical miles. From the surface up to but not including
18000 feet MSL Times: 2:15 PM local until 7:30 PM local Wednesday, October
30, 2013. CLICK
HERE for more information.
Aviation Air Race III 10-27-13: Hello
All, Rochester Aviation will be hosting our final airport get-together
for the 2013 season on behalf of the Air Race III on Saturday November
2nd between 2 and 5pm. The get-together will be potluck, with drinks provided
by Rochester Aviation. We will also bring out the Grill for cooking burgers
and hotdogs. We will be announcing the Air Race III winners and raffling
prizes. We will also be announcing the Scholarship results for 2013! Enjoy
the Air Race and we will see everyone Saturday November 2nd ! Rochester
Wind, and Awards 10-26-13:
The activity at Rochester Aviation is not just student pilots and cut-off
Pilots are looking to Rochester Aviation for other flight services like
the Biennial flight review. Today, AOPA refers to the review as, "The
Flight Review," although it is still technically a "biennial" flight
review. Keeping your pilots license current and up-to-date is not a casual
thing. Staying proficient with your flight skills is important, but keeping
abreast of the changing rules, regulations, and terminology requires an
ongoing commitment. Industry likes to call it, "Continuous Improvement."
Be sure to check out the AOPA awards up on the wall in the terminal office
OVER NEW YORK CITY 10-24-13: FAA
TO ESTABLISH TFR
OVER NEW YORK, NY ON FRIDAY. A NOTAM has been issued that will restrict
flight in the area during President Obama's planned visit. Times: 2:00
PM local until 10:30 PM local Friday, October 25, 2013 Times: 2:00 PM local
until 3:00 PM local Friday, October 25, 2013 9:15 PM local until 10:30
PM local Friday, October 25, 2013 Times: 2:15 PM local until 6:00 PM local
Friday, October 25, 2013 Times: 5:00 PM local until 10:00 PM local Friday,
October 25, 2013 CLICK
HERE for more information
FUTURE" For Skycatcher ? 10-22-13:
The CEO of Cessna is being quoted as saying there is no future for the
to recent articles it sounds like he is avoiding any commentary about
the aircraft and surprised
reporters with an abrupt response about the future of the Skycatcher by
repeatedly saying, "No Future." Perhaps the difference between buying a
Skycatcher for $149,900 vs. buying a fleet of second hand C150's for the
same price might have something to do with slow market.
& Pilot magazine listed the Cessna Skycatcher as the #2 best selling
light sport aircraft trailing behind Flight Design's CTLS.
theme Playground 10-21-13:
Here's a pic from Peter when he stopped at the New
Bedford Airport at the
Airport Grille. According to the Atlantic Aviators website: "The Atlantic
Aviators are dedicated to making their community a better place, which
is why they are currently involved in the proposed construction of a public
playground at New Bedford Regional Airport." Over 50 volunteers arrived
at the New Bedford Regional Airport to build the Aviation Themed Playground.
Packages were opened and the equipment spread out. The dirt area slowly
transformed into the Aviation Themed Playground. A crushed stone base that
will be the foundation for the poured in place surfacing that will really
transform the playground into an aviation themed play space. The playground
will be closed until all pieces are in place. The Ribbon Cutting is scheduled
for Saturday, November 2nd at 10am.
Surveillance Drone 10-20-13:
The University of Southampton has designed the 2Seas
surveillance drone for a number of purposes, "Going well beyond the traditional
military role." It has been developed specifically to help the United Kingdom,
France and the Netherlands patrol the North Sea and the English Channel
for smugglers and drug traffickers. The 2Seas UAV has twin engines that
can reach speeds of 55 mph, which is fast enough to keep up with a smuggler’s
speed boat. The drone can stay aloft for up to six hours at a time before
having to return to refuel. The carbon fiber wings on the 2Seas measure
approximately 13 ft. Still undergoing tests of its surveillance equipment,
the 2Seas is expected to hit the skies over Europe by 2015.
Aviation Newsletter 10-19-13:
Here's a link sent in from Jim for the Manadnock Aviation Newsletter. They've
been having regular barbecues over the summer but it looks like it's coming
to an end. Click
on the icon for more information...
To Rochester Aviation at the AOPA Summit
Congratulations to Kelby and Nohea on receiving the awards at the last
AOPA Summit in Texas. Below are a couple of pictures featured on the Rochester
Aviation Facebook page, Kelby with John and Martha King, and Kelby and
Nohea representing Rochester Aviation at AOPA summit in Dallas, TX to receive
the 2013 flight training excellence award and excellent flight instructor
award. "The 2013 awards are drawn from 3,375 respondents who voluntarily
reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.
The process yielded an evaluation of 508 different flight schools and 956
individual flight instructors."
Last Manned Fighter ? 10-12-13:
"The F-35 Lightning II is the new state-of-the-art stealth, supersonic,
multirole, next-generation fighter designed to meet the requirements of
the United States and it's allies well into the 21st century. It will be
four times more effective than legacy aircraft while performing a wide
variety of ground attack, reconnaissance and air defense missions. According
to some experts, the F-35 will probably be the last manned fighter built
for the U.S. military." The F-35 is being
featured in an automated assembly line article of the fuselage that will
revolutionize the assembly of the F-35 like Henry Ford did with the automobile.
There's also a hint that UAV's will eventually take over the role of the
"Last Manned Military Jet Fighter." Hmm, an X-wing Fighter just wouldn't
seem right without Luke Skywalker...
October EAA 225 Meeting 10-11-13:
"Hello Everyone, There will be NO October meeting for the Chapter. In lieu
of the meeting, there will be extra work sessions for the Chapter Project,
in order to get the wings painted. Also, the newsletter for October will
be published within a week, possibly sooner. Thank you for your patience.
R. Thyng 10-11-13:
"The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire will be honoring the late Brigadier
General Harrison R. Thyng on Veteran’s Day weekend, November 9, 2013 as
part of the Museum’s Second Saturday@Museum programs. General Thyng is
one of only 7 US combat pilots who became an Ace flying propeller
fighters in WWII, then jet fighters in Korea where he became "the premier
air combat commander of his time.""
HERE for more information.
Maine Aviation Pumpkin Contest 10-8-13:
Southern Maine Aviation will be hosting
a Carve a Pumpkin contest on October 19th at 1 PM. Contest is for adults
will supply the pumpkins; you will need to provide your favorite carving
tools. Friends and children are more then welcome to join in the fun. Children
will be allowed to carve under the supervision of an adult, or they can
decorate their pumpkin with sticker and markers, which will be supplied.
Hot cider and light refreshments will be served. Please R.S.V.P. so we
have an idea of how many pumpkins and supplies we need to get. Thank you!
Aviation AIRRACE III 10-3-13:
Rochester Aviation is excited to announce the upcoming AIRRACE
III. We are currently collecting pre-orders for the AIRRACE III t-shirts.
The Air Race pre-orders will be due on October 11th, and the Race will
begin October 19th and end October 31st. This Air Race is designed
to be attainable for all pilots from Students to CFI’s. The four
locations are pre published and are: KCON KPSM KSFM KLCI. The
Air Race can be completed in less than two hours of plane rental. Everyone
who reaches all four locations will be entered in a raffle at the completion
of the Air Race. Raffle prizes include an AV8OR touch screen aviation
GPS (Donated by Ben Mahn, AIR RACE II winner), Flight goodies, and RA gear.
Air Race entry fee’s include T-Shirt and are only $30. All Proceeds
benefit the Rochester Aviation Scholarship, which will be awarded later
this month. We look forward to a huge turnout for this Charity Event!
Additionally, We would like to thank all our Pilots and Students for their
contributions helping us win the 2013 AOPA Flight Training Excellence Award's
Outstanding Flight School AND Outstanding Flight Instructor (awarded to
Kelby Ferwerda). We know our success as a Nationally Ranking flight
school is supported by our FANTASTIC community of Pilots and Students.
Thank you ALL! Happy Flying! Rochester Aviation
Safety Seminar at Southern Maine Aviation 9-28-13:
Here's some informationabout
the Safety Seminar & Chowda Fest at Southern Maine Aviation:
Flying in the Caution Zone! .Topic: Non Towered Airport Operations .Date
and Time: Saturday, October 5, 2013 , starting at 10:00 am Download
Calendar File .Speaker(s): Susan Tholen and John Gary .Location of Seminar:
Southern Maine Aviation/Sanford Airport
Main Terminal Sanford, ME 04073 ... Chowda Fest! Make your favorite chowda,
soup or stew and bring it on down to Southern Maine Aviation, to be judged
for prizes! Don't cook? That is fine. Stop on by and try some of the best
chowda, soups and stews around! Donation of $6.00 accepted to help support
our local food pantry. This event will be held in the "Event Hangar" at
Southern Maine Aviation. Southern Maine Aviation is in the Main Terminal
Building same as the "Cockpit Cafe". For more information call 207-324-8919.
See you there! CLICK
HERE FOR MORE INFO
Meeting Notice 9-26-13:
Skyhaven Airport Advisory Council (SAAC) will be holding the October meeting
at the Skyhaven Airport Terminal Building, Rochester, NH Tuesday,
October 8, 2013, 8:30am. This meeting will be open to the public.
UAV's ? 9-25-13:
In a recent email newsletter from AvWeb there's an article of Boeing making
their first test flight
of a "QF-16." The video makes it sound like they've taken some old aircraft
out of mothballs and found a useful way to use the aircraft by making it
a UAV drone
and pretend it's an enemy aircraft for U.S. fighter pilots to practice
on... and actually shoot it down and destroy it? Wait a minute, I must
be reading something wrong. It can't be the F-16 state of the art fighter
jet that has a nickname "Viper" because it looks futuristic like the Vipers
on BattleStar Galactica. Yes, that's the one! This aircraft may be vintage
but not obsolete. "In May 2013, Lockheed Martin stated it has enough orders
to keep producing F-16s until 2017, with more orders possible." They now
essentially have the capability to fly one of the worlds most sophisticated
fighter jets as a UAV. Holy Mackerel! If Paul
Harvey was still around he could tell us, "The rest of the Story."
Here's some information about the Katahdin Wings 99s Fundraiser. "Easier
this year. Join us! A Katahdin Wings 99s Fundraiser Test
your clue-solving skills, cross-country planning and sectional chart knowledge.
Upon registration you will receive a packet of clues leading you to “treasures”
within a defined geographical area that will take you over the varied and
scenic landscape of Northern New England. You’ll answer the clue and photograph
the “treasure” (your answer) from your aircraft. THIS YEAR’S HUNTING GROUNDS
WILL BE: NE corner N43.3 X W71, SE corner N42.0 X W71, NW corner N43.3
X W72.3, SW corner N42 X W72.3. Join us for an Awards Barbecue on October
26 at Dillant-Hopkins Airport (EEN) in Keene N.H. Registration Fee &
Clue Packet $35. To Register or for more information contact Kate McGhee
at email@example.com Fly on your own schedule Oct. 5th – 20th."
Technology is Cars? 9-21-13:
The new 2014
Chevy Impala is being announced as having the latest built in radar
technology that promisses to add safety features that goes beyond warning
lights and buzzers. Put the new Impala in "Cruise Control" and "radar technology
senses traffic in front of the Impala
to adjust the vehicle speed, including stopping the vehicle in heavy
traffic and accelerating again." It also has "Crash
Eminent Braking" "that detects a possible crash threat and alerts the
driver. If the driver does not appear to react quickly enough or doesn’t
react at all, this feature intervenes to apply the brakes in an
effort to avoid the crash." (Tailgaters can override the system by just
pressing on the brake or accelerator.) Consumers
Digest says, "The automaker’s expansion of the feature is another example
of how manufacturers incrementally add technology that could lead to self-driving
vehicles for consumers by as early as 2020."
OVER NEW YORK CITY 9-20-13:
FAA TO ESTABLISH TFR OVER NEW YORK, NY BEGINNING MONDAY A NOTAM has been
issued that will restrict flight in the area during
Obama's planned visit September 23, 24, 25, 2013
NOTAMS for more information.
Chapter 225 Meeting Notice 9-20-13:
"Hello Everyone, Our September 2013 Joint Chapter
Meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Southern
Maine Aviation, at Sanford Regional Airport. A BBQ Dinner will be served
up beginning at 6pm, followed by the meeting at 7pm. Please
join us! Regards, Gerry
Collings Foundation “Wings of Freedom” 9-19-13:
Here's some information about the Wings of Freedom tour that wast at Manchester.
ON THE PILOT for more printable information.