On Aviation Photo Contest 3-8-17
Here's an email from Steve Bourque about the photo contest: "The third
annual A Focus On Aviation photo contest is underway! This is a fantastic
way to engage non-aviation people to get interested and involved with aviation.
flyer for the contest is attached (CLICK HERE TO LOAD THE FLYER).Please
print it out and post it everywhere! The event information can be found
at the GSAMA website below: http://www.gsama.org/events.html
help spread the word! Many thanks to Rita Hunt for all of her hard work
on this ongoing project, outstanding work Rita! Stephen Bourque,
England Flying Gourmet Challenge
3-4-17 Here's some information that appeared in General Aviation
News recently. A group of aviation folks launched the New
England Flying Gourmet Challenge. It's a joint marketing effort between
eight airport restaurants in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut,
with a goal to reintroduce New England pilots to airport restaurants in
the area. They say it's the updated version of the $100 hamburger. Below
is a route that goes to all airports in one flight. However, if you rent
Sanford's glass 172 at $160/hr, and do the Waterbury Conn airport, the
numbers look something like the insert on the map. If you use a 172m @
$90/hr, and bring 3 passenger, you can get your hamburger down to $80!
Aerospace Manufacturing Facility in Florida
PANAMA CITY BEACH,
Fla. - GKN Aerospace, "one of the world’s largest independent first tier
suppliers to the international aviation industry," will expand its operations
by locating a new manufacturing facility in Florida. The company intends
to lease a new manufacturing facility and plans to make a capital investment
of approximately $50 million and create 170 new jobs for highly skilled
To Nowhere 3-1-17:
We begin the month of March with a LIFR day. So plan on brushing up on
your gps/MFD/EFIS/ADS-B manuals and getting ready for your biennial review.
You may also need to decide whether to take your 3rd class medical or do
you try the new medical reform procedure and ask your doctor to do the
FAA paperwork? Unfortunately, the famous John King of John and Martha King
school of flight training does not have that option as he fights with the
FAA to get his medical back.
Tanker Spotted Over Skyhaven? 2-22-17:
So I'm standing on the ramp at Skyhaven by the fuel farm and I hear the
sound of a large jet approaching. Looking up I see lights of a low flying
jet coming from the east heading right for Skyhaven. It eventually flew
right over the top following a circular pattern that would bring it on
an approach path for runway 16 at Pease. The plan is for the KC-46A tanker
to eventually replace
all of the KC-135
and KC-10 planes
over the next 30
Click on the picture
insert to see the smooth
Paralyze Florida Flight Ops2-20-17:
In a preliminary economic analysis presented to Palm Beach
County, Miller estimated losses for operators for just one weekend to total
about $30,000 and his losses for the year could reach $200,000. The second-largest flight
school has already relocated and Miller anticipates that others will follow.
“Even though the tower at Palm Beach is willing to pick up the traffic
and the TSA is willing to put some officers down here, the Secret Service
has declined that. I don’t know whether that’s temporarily or permanently."
Sonic booms rattled the southeast coast of Florida Friday evening as two
F-15s were scrambled to intercept an aircraft that violated presidential
restricted airspace over West Palm Beach.
225 Meeting Cancelled
Hello Everyone, The February Meeting for EAA 225 previously postponed has
been officially cancelled, due to many conflicts within the group. However,
you are invited to the regularly scheduled work session to see progress
on the Chapter Project. Work Sessions normally run from 7pm to around
8-8:30pm. Regards, Gerry
In February 2017 2-15-17:
Finding a VFR day lately continues to be a challenge. But with a little
patience a small window opens up and reveals that the sky is still blue.
The snow is piling up but the maintenance crew at Skyhaven is way ahead
of the arrival of more snow predicted to be coming this week. With a density
altitude of minus 1,300 feet short field take-offs can be pretty dramatic.
225 Meeting Postponed
Our regularly scheduled
monthly meeting has been postponed to Feb 21 due to snow and Valentine's
Day. Gerard Peterson
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
AT THE HOUSTON SUPER BOWL2-04-17:
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.
IN THE CRACKS:
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
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.
& 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%.
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
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.
We currently have hangar vacancies available.
For more information contact:
Andrew B. Pomeroy
Airport Operations Supervisor
Pease Airport Management (KPSM & KDAW)
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.
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
Program Replaces Physical Test Stand 12-24-16:
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.
Are Back 12-21-16:
Articles are showing up again about Lockheed Martin's hybrid blimp project
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
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.