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.
CHANGES TO Leidos Pilot Web Portal 4-22-18:
If you have been
using DUATS for weather briefings than you've been notified that it's changing.
"DUATS will be discontinued after May 16th!! On March 13th, the FAA released
this notification: “Flight Service Transitions to Leidos Pilot Web Portal“
“The FAA will discontinue the Direct User Access Terminal Service (DUATS
II) Program, effective May 16, 2018. Internet services, including access
to weather and aeronautical information, flight plan filing and automated
services will remain available at no charge to pilots at www.1800wxbrief.com."
star airshow attractions: 4-21-18:
AOPA reports a MiG–17F was one of the star airshow attractions at the Sun
'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida with pilot Randy
Ball. Have you ever wondered what is the highest level of achievement a
pilot in the U.S. could reach? Well take a look at pilot Randy Ball. "Randy
has performed well over 1,000 performances to date! No other North American
Jet Demo pilot even comes close to that number of performances. In fact,
Randy is the only Jet Demo pilot (military or civilian) to be granted both
a day and night unlimited aerobatic rating in jet fighters by the FAA.
He has flown over 42 different types of aircraft, manufactured in nine
countries." (more...) His airshow plane
is a Russian MiG-17F that looks like it is in pristine condition. I wonder
how much it cost to keep that airplane in shape for airshow performances?
TFR No Cutouts In Florida : 4-16-18:
TFR's appearing in Florida again with
Trumps visit for this week. President Donald Trump arrives in South Florida.
An advisory from the Federal Aviation Administration indicates the president
is scheduled to land in Miami at about noon. Trump will be in Hialeah for
a discussion on tax cuts for small businesses. Afterward he is scheduled
to travel to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. Looks like no progress being made
on any cutouts in the tfr to protect and help local fbo's and flight schools.
AOPA estimated that the annual economic impact of TFR-related activity
reductions exceeds $1 million in lost revenue. AOPA director of aviation
security, met with officials of the North American Aerospace Defense Command
on March 29 to discuss ways to make TFRs more efficient and easier for
pilots to identify and avoid.
ASTEROID FLYBY: 4-15-18:
With little warning, on Sunday, April 15th, a "Tunguska-class" asteroid
about the size of a football field flew through the Earth-Moon system.
2018 GE3 was discovered just the day before as it plunged inward from the
asteroid belt. A quick-thinking amateur astronomer in Europe was able to
record a video of the asteroid as it flew by. "According to wikipedia,
2018 GE3 is the largest known asteroid to pass that close to Earth in observational
Turbo Skyhawk JT–A 4-13-18:
Cessna’s Turbo Skyhawk JT–A replaces the popular Lycoming with a liquid-cooled,
turbocharged Continental Diesel CD-155, formerly marketed as a Thielert
Centurion 2.0S. The JT–A is equipped with a Garmin G1000 NXi avionics,
a Safe Flight SCc angle of attack system, and ADS-B Out and In. The four-cylinder
diesel engine, certified to operate on jet and diesel fuel, uses FADEC
to maximize efficiency and replaces mixture and throttle with a single-lever
power control. That means mixture, pitch and throttle are combined into
one lever for controlling the three bladed prop. It also has a pushbutton
start. You can get one of these modified Skyhawks from Cessna for only
$465,000. How many would you like? Last year Cessna sold 129 Skyhawks with
the regular Lycoming 180hp version at around $365,000 each. In 2001 they
went for about $160,000