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.