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.
In Boston March 30 3-27-15
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
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)
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."
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.
5 and Wild Coyotes 3-17-15:
Hangar 5 is usually busy with Glen Horne surrounded by
airplanes and airplane parts. But if you stop by and he's not there, he
just might be off on some
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?
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.
Bill of Rights 2 3-8-15:
"Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 would allow thousands of pilots to fly recreationally without
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.
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.
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.
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.
Runway at Hampton Airport 2-26-15:
I just got wind of a project at Hampton Airport
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."
An article about Instrument Rating Practical Test
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
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
Airport Gets Council Approval 2-17-15:
"The Biddeford City Council voted Tuesday to move forward
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.
here to see an article on Biddeford in 2013.
For Piper and Cessna single engine pilots the term RVSM Airspace might sound
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.
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.