on 33 at Skyhaven 5-6-1
Not only did the runway get a make-over, but the lighting system
received a few enhancements as well . Here's a short video on final for
33 with the ODALS on. "ODALs (Omni-Directional Approach Lights) are used
to identify the approach end and centerline of the runway. The omnidirectional
horizontal beam pattern, bright flashes and a sequential strobing flash
pattern that rolls toward the runway threshold helps the pilot identify
the runway in use. Three intensity settings allow the approach to be used
under changing weather conditions."
On The Ramp 5-1-15
5-3-15: So, I'm at the airport a little while ago
(April 18th) and I see all kinds of
flying activity with planes doing touch-n-go's, I see a plane that looks
like a Piper Cub,
a light sport and a couple of Skyhawks sitting on the ramp. Come to find
out, the planes are from Hampton Airfield and will be here at Skyhaven
until the new combination paved and grass runway is completed. A small
airport in New Hampshire with parallel runways? How will that be depicted
on the Sectional? Might have to invent a new icon... here a suggestionSo
now you know who owns the two Skyhawks sitting on the ramp, that is if
you haven't looked up the tail number.
Here's a press release I found for more info. I also found more info
Safety Seminar at Skyhaven Airport 4-25-15:
The Skyhaven Flying Club located at Hangar
4 will be hosting the FAA Safety Seminar coming up at the Skyhaven Airport.
You can see the Skyhaven Flying Club hangar buy standing near the fuel
farm and looking northwest at the hangars. It's the 2nd door from the left.
Here's some info on the seminar: "Title: Staying In Control, Topic: Takeoffs
and Landings, Date and Time: Saturday, May 16, 2015, starting at 11:00
Eastern Daylight Time, Speaker(s): Rob Montgomery, Brief Description: Most
accidents involve takeoffs and landings, and most takeoff and landing accidents
involve loss of control. Join flight instructor and FAA Safety Team
Representative Rob Montgomery for a hands on discussion of the aerodynamics
of this critical phase of flight." Click
on the FAAST icon and register TODAY.
In The EAA WWII Flying Fortress 4-22-15:
Did you see the EAA Chapter 106 poster about the B-17 giving rides at Lawrence
25? I didn't know the EAA had there very own B-17. As with all WWII preserved
aircraft, it has an interesting story behind its history and salvation.
Thank god we didn't have industrial shredders like we have today that can
shred entire airplanes down to the size of baseballs in a matter of minutes.
It is said that they made a little over 12,000 B-17's and just under 5,000
were lost in combat. A number of years ago, I worked with a guy named Harry
who was a crew member on a B-17. He had a tremor in his right hand that
was bad he could only fill his coffee cup half way or the rest would spill
out. Some publications say there's 11 B-17 still flying in the U.S.
Safety Seminar at Sanford 4-19-15:
In The Midst. Topic: Human Factors and
the Psychology of Attention. Date and Time: Saturday, May 2, 2015, starting
at 10:00 Eastern Daylight Time. Speaker(s): Sue Tholen and John Gary.
Brief Description: How do focus and attention issues affect an airman while
operating an aircraft? Southern Maine Aviation flight instructors
Sue Tholen and John Gary will lead discussions on this interesting topic.
A medley of brain teasers will be used to demonstrate individual operating
limitations and highlight how the brain maintains or is hampered by its
ability to focus. The goal is to enlighten pilots on prioritizing tasks,
especially during critical phases of flight. Location of Seminar: Southern
Maine Aviation, Main Terminal.
IN APRIL 4-16-15:
Finally people are celebrating the nice weather. It's been a long winter
and we certainly had a lot of snow, but spring appears to be finally hear.
I don't think anybody will be landing at Alton Bay. Although I did go snow
skiing at Loon on April 10th. There was plenty of snow on the mountain.
If you enjoy looking at strange things you might be able to explain to
me what the weird landscape structure in Eliot is. Some people find the
most creative ways to spend their money, or someone else's money...
VOR Approaches 4-14-15:
in March of 2013 we did an article about the proposed decommissioning of
the Kennebunk VOR. Here's some information about VOR approaches being
decommissioned at Pease (Portsmouth) airports and all around the U.S.:
Proposed Deletion of Approaches in A90's Airspace On June 27, 2014,
the FAA published a policy establishing criteria for cancelling instrument
approach procedures (79 FR 36576 https://www.federalregister.gov/citation/79-FR-36576).
Cancelling certain ground-based non-directional beacon (NDB), and very
high frequency (VHF), omnidirectional radio range (VOR) SIAPs is one integral
part of right-sizing the quantity and type of procedures in the National
Airspace System (NAS). As new technology facilitates the introduction of
area navigation (RNAV) instrument approach procedures, the number of procedures
available in the National Airspace System has nearly doubled over the past
decade. The complexity and cost to the FAA of maintaining the existing
ground based navigational infrastructure while expanding the new RNAV capability
is not sustainable.Based on the final policy criteria, 736 procedures have
been identified for cancellation."
225 Meeting , Tuesday April 14th, 2015 4-13-15:
Here's an email excerpt from John Ricciotti, EAA 225 chapter president:
"Our next meeting will be April 14th and unfortunately I will be on vacation
in Thailand for the Songkran holiday. Our vice president Steve Scott
will be running the meeting and he will have a Chapter Video Magazine to
show which is about a 30 minute presentation. If anyone has some
show & tell to bring, please feel free to share it with the chapter.
At present, there will be no BBQ to start the meeting and I will advise
you if that changes." CLICK
HERE FOR MORE INFO
Yankee Ultralight Flyers at Sanderson's Field 4-11-15:
|Here's an email from Jess
Beauvais: "Hi Everyone! Our next meeting will be taking place Monday, May
18th (one week early due to Memorial Day). Attached are the public and
pilot brochures. I will have these ready for pick-up at the May meeting,
but if anyone can't make it or wants brochures before then, please let
me know and we can make arrangements to get them to you. Happy Spring!
Jess Beauvais" (You can Download the brochures by clicking below.)
Production Increases 4-7-15:
In the last three years, production requirementshave
increased for commercial aircraft factories. Boeing built 723 airplanes
in 2014 and expects to make 900 in 2015. Boeing claims to have over 5,700
aircraft on order worth over $450 billion. Airbus plans to raise production
rates from 42 planes per month to 50. It has a new $600 million assembly
plant in Mobile, Al, which is scheduled to open this year. Pratt &
Whitney is investing $1 billion to prepare for jet engine increases. It's
updated plant in Middeltown, CT, plant features an overhead moving assembly
line to produce the PurePower PW1100G-JM for the Airbus A320neo. Boeing
expects to invest over $1 billion over the next few years in automation.
of Democracy Flyover" in Washington, D.C. 4-6-15:
Articles about the planned warbird
flyover in Washington, D.C. are showing up all over. More than 75 military
aircraft will fly in formation over Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 8,
to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Here's
an excerpt from "Air and Space" website: "This year marks the 70th anniversary
of the end of the war that changed the United States forever. To honor
the 16 million who served in the U.S. armed forces during World War 2 and
to spotlight the essential role that aircraft played in U.S. victory, the
General Aviation Manufacturers Association has led an effort to bring one
of the largest privately owned collections of WW2 airplanes ever assembled
to Washington, D.C. to fly over the National Mall on May 8, the 70th anniversary
of VE day (the public holiday to mark the Allied victory in Europe). The
“Arsenal of Democracy” aircraft will fly over the Mall in 14 formations,
beginning at 12:10 p.m."
Andrew Pomeroy reports that there is only one T-Hangar currently available.
For more infomation call : Andrew B. Pomeroy, Airport Operations Supervisor,
Pease Airport Management (KPSM & KDAW), (603) 433-6536
Airspace Change As Of 4-30-15 4-2-15:
A change to MHT airspace goes into effect 4/30/2015. Pilots
familiar with the area may not notice the changes on the sectional right
away. The area under the 10NM class C shelf to the NW (approx. the area
boxed in green) is being converted from Class E to Class C, so that the
floor of Class C airspace there will now be SFC.
Rule wording: That
airspace extending upward from the surface within 3.3-miles each side of
the 337[deg] bearing of Manchester Airport extending from the 5-mile radius
to 8.5-miles northwest of the airport.
Full rule: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-09/html/2015-05112.htm
SKIES by the NH Aviation Museum 4-1-15:
Here's a pdf file of the Blue Skies magazine from the NH Aviation Museum.
This issue features an article about FedEx Express Senior VP, Flight Operations
Paul Cassel, speaking on May 9, 2015 11AM at the Aviation Museum of NH
about the cargo business, airplanes, and his experiences flying a wide
range of aircraft from DC8's, MD11, all the way to 777's, while amassing
over 26,000 hours of flight time.
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.