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Morphing Wing Design 2-07-17:  Universities and research labs have major programs trying to develop wing warping designs into aircraft. "Engineers at NASA and MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) combined new digital materials concepts with a highly advanced robotic assembly method to create a new, “bendable” wing architecture that optimizes lift and roll. The benefits of such an approach applied to an aerospace application like wing design, researchers say, is to increase aerodynamics and thus improve fuel efficiency."    ...more
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TFR AT THE HOUSTON SUPER BOWL  2-04-17:  With all the unrest in the news lately, it appears that the TFR's might be taking over the skies again. Someone the other day said that Tom Brady is getting his very own presidential TFR... hmmm.
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FILLING IN THE CRACKS: 2-2-17  The airport maintenance crew plans to start tomorrow morning (0830) filling in the large cracks in front of some hangers. The rubber has to set before being able to roll over it. It should only take a "couple hours" for that to happen.
 
VFR IN JANUARY 1-26-17: In between the wind, ice, snow storms and rain, the weather maps open up to show a temporary flight condition called VFR. If your airplane is in a hangar, at least you can do the preflight in a hospitable area before venturing out in the cold. The other day I tuned in to AWOS and it said, "Density Altitude minus 3,000 feet."  The pic on the right shows a white dot at the top of the screen. That's Venus and the picture does not do it justice. It actually looks like a landing light on a KC135.
PRATT & WHITNEY New High-Bypass Engine 1-18-17: Pratt & Whitney has a new engine that has some impressive numbers. Here's a bit from Forbes: Pratt has spent $10 billion and 20 years developing the geared turbofan. The engines will reduce fuel consumption 15%, extend the plane's range by 500 nautical miles, reduce environmental emissions by 50% and reduce noise by 75%. 
Airbus upgraded family of A320neo narrow body jetliners to Lufthansa. The "neo" designation of the Airbus family stands for "new engine option," and the planes Lufthansa has bought will be equipped with the "geared turbofan" engine made by Pratt & Whitney.
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EAA 225 Meeting: 1-10-17  Hi EAA 225’ers, Just a reminder that our monthly meeting is Tuesday , January 10th. We won’t be BBQ’ing but will try to bring some snacks. The meeting will have a short slideshow on the 787 training I just went through. The remainder of the meeting will discuss the upcoming year for EAA 225. Hope to see you there! Regards, John Ricciotti
EAA 225, chapter president.

SAAC Member Update: 1-10-17  The SAAC member list has been updated. Click (or press) here to download.

Hangars: 1-9-17  We currently have hangar vacancies available.
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      Andrew B. Pomeroy
      Airport Operations Supervisor
      Pease Airport Management (KPSM & KDAW)
      (603) 433-6536
SOLARSHIP1-9-17:  Another airship article emerges on finding new ways to re-invent the blimp. Jay Godsall from Ontario Canada is designing an airship that's been shaped into a fat looking wing that has solar cells on the top and huge control surfaces like ailerons and elevators and can run on solar power. They also mention it can use piston engines. Looking at some of the videos it looks like the Rotax is being used. His claim to fame is being able to fly in and out of a soccer field...   more.

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Finding Skyhaven 12-30-16:  Before the days of GPS, finding an airport at night required keeping the CDI centered on a VOR radial and cross referencing your position from another VOR radial. Another thing you might be looking for is the airport beacon which normally verifies the airport location. In the case for Skyhaven, the beacon is not at the airport which becomes evident when lining up with runway 33.
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Computer Program Replaces Physical Test Stand 12-24-16: 
Many people do not realize that wings and tail surfaces on planes may seem fixed and unmovable, but they are actually designed to flex under the load of the aircraft when they lift the plane. Some articles talk about the wing tips moving up 4 m (13 feet) before lift off. During flight as the plane goes through turbulence, you might say that the wings are flapping up and down around 13 feet. (YouTube has video's of this.) To ensure the wings can take the strain, physical test stands are built to bend the wings and horizontal stabilizers to verify mechanical operation during all the bending. However, recently, Airbus has replaced a physical test stand with a computer program that is saving Airbus millions in time and material costs. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
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Blimps Are Back 12-21-16:  Articles are showing up again about Lockheed Martin's hybrid blimp project that CLICK HERE TO SEE ROBOT SPIDER REPAIR BLIMPhas gone from a Skunkworks secret project for the U.S. Army to a commercial project. It started 10 years ago with the P-791 which was modified to the  LMH-1 craft and announced to operate in Alaska through a private company called Straightline Aviation. The blimp is helium filled and it looks like the aerodynamic shape is a custom shaped fabric bag that is susceptible to getting holes in it. To fix the holes, they designed a special robot that crawls the surface of the blimp and repairs the holes when it finds one. That sounds strange to me...   CLICK HERE to see the spiders
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VFR In December 2016 12-17-16:  The wind snow and ice have arrived, not to mention the cold temperatures. For many people, the cold means staying inside, but for others the winter offers new things to do like skiing and snow machine riding. For airplanes, cold dry air means operating at peak performance.
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