At the SAAC meeting on Friday, Kenn Ortmann
was presented with a plaque to recognize and thank him for his many years
on the SAAC, and formerly the SAOC. He was Vice Chair for many years and
has been a very active member during his tenure since 2002. Recently, Kenn
has left the SAAC as he is moving from Rochester to Belfast, ME.
On Saturday June 4, mother nature was nice and gave us a beautiful day.
Thousands attend the Skyhaven Wings and Wheels event to benefit Gerry Food
Pantry. Click on the video below to see some of the activities.
in Ground (WIG) Cargo Flying Boat 10-17-17
Did you know that 99% of the ocean surface has wave heights less that 13
Ever find yourself
hovering in ground effect waiting for the plane to touch down? Aviation
articles talk about a magic distance between the wing and the runway that
generate ground effect that gives the plane more lift and less drag...
hmmm. Somebody from NASA gave some serious thought about this and is proposing
a WIG flying boat that would take advantage of ground effect generated
over the ocean water and fly about 20 feet above the surface to take advantage
of the extra lift and less drag.
New ATP Turbo
10-10-17 What does it take to make a turbo prop that has over 1000
new engine could spell trouble for Pratt & Whitney's turbo's. "The
ATP is being designed, tested and produced in Europe, with 400 engineers
working in Poland, Italy, Prague and at GE’s Global Research Center in
Germany. A new $100 million H-series production center is expected to open
in the Czech Republic in 2020. According to GE, the ATP program as a whole
represents a $1 billion investment."
10-9-17 Wondering about taking a VFR flight around the neiborhood?
Just hover on "FLIGHT PLANNING & MORE", then click on "METARS" and
you get an instant picture if you're going flying and how far you can go.
Looks like today would be a good day to go to the mall.
225 October 2017 Newsletter
10-5-17 Hello Everyone, Long time no see. Here is the October
2017 Newsletter. Please note that we are meeting at Southern Maine
Aviation in Sanford, Maine for a Joint Chapter Meeting. The times remain
the same as normal, 6pm for dinner and 7pm for the meeting. Hope
to see as many as can make this meeting. John says to come hungry!
GPS APP FOR ANDROIDS: 10-4-17:
A lot of talk
about EFB's and I've seen
some pretty neat apps running on tablets. I have also seen a free download
GPS navigation tool that shows your position and data right on the sectional.
I have it on my Samsung S3. It's great for local flights as well as for
cross country. The Garmin 430 is supposed to be the primary GPS but I find
myself using it as a backup to the S3 app. It also has a feature called
"tracking." This allow you to trace your flight on the map and save it
as a KML file. You can then drag and drop the file on Google Maps and see
the flight path. You can also drop onto Google Earth and see the 3D version.