If you've taken a break from flying over the winter, you might have to
take another break this week. Instead of shooting touch-n-go's you can
fire up the Garmin GS430 simulator and make a flight plan (FPL button)
for the Pilot Passport Run. You can't beat an analog graph to some up the
Stationair on Take-off 5-23-15:
As the horsepower goes up in single engine aircraft, there is a distinct
snapping sound that the propeller gives that lets you know it's not a Skyhawk.
TFR in Conn 5-19-15:
NOTAMs (FDC 5/2939 and FDC 5/2940) have been published that will affect
flight in the area during President Obama's planned visit.
Have A Winner 5-18-15: Sporty's
Pilot Shop that is, has announced a winner for their airplane give away
contest. A brand new Van's RV-12 light sport. Van's aircraft have a reputation
for being well built, fast and economical to operate. The RV-12 has a very
unique feature compared to other light sports where you can seat two 210
lb people, 20 gallons of fuel and 50 lbs of baggage — something rare in
the Light Sport Category. I've flown a couple of light sports and the FBO's
try to keep the fuel tank no more than half full to stay under gross weight.
It would have been nice for someone around here to have won the RV-12 but
unfortunately the winner lives in California.
Runway Grand Opening 5-17-15:
Here are some pictures of the Fly-in Celebration Grand Opening of the newly
reconstructed runway at Skyhaven Airport.
225 Meeting , Tuesday May 12, 2015 5-11-15:
Here's the EAA newsletter.
Engineering and Computer hardware and software editorials are talking
more and more about using "gesture movement" to execute computer commands.
They are also utilizing solid-state high speed cameras that can track your
eye movement. What you are looking at, and where you are looking can cause
the computer to execute a command. You can click on the picture to see
an article about a company called Visteon that demonstrates eye control
of some of the electronics in a simulated car. I hear that the high end
cars like Audi, Mercedes, BMW already have HMI's that will make you say
wow. A few years ago I talked with a research engineer at a seminar that
told me he was working on a camera system that could identify you as you
walked into a room by reading the retina in your eye. Although this article
is about cars, I have a feeling it's going to creep into aircraft instrument
panels in the near future.