million Google Lunar X Prize 6-2317:
To win the $20 million Google Lunar X Prize, a private company must land
on the moon, have its spacecraft travel 500 meters across the lunar surface,
and transmit high-definition video back to Earth. It looks like a company
by the name of MoonEx might actually do it. The magic secret to make the
project all happen is a rocket engine they designed call the Rutherford
engine. Does the name Ernest Rutherford sound familiar? He's was a New
Zealand-born British physicist who came to be known as the father of nuclear
physics. One of his students was a person by the name of Niels Bohr who
used to argue with Einstein about quantum physics.
777X Wing Factory 6-18-17:
Inside Boeing's massive new factory to build the composite wings for the
new 777X, a machine will lay up fiber composite tape for the upper a right
wing skin for one of the jets giant wings.The machine can rapidly lay up
20 tape strips of this composite one layer at a time. It's
a lot like plywood, but a lot more complex. The building, which represents
a billion dollar investment by Boeing into its Puget Sound base, was commissioned
just a year ago. Over the last 13 months, it has been turned into a
functioning factory, complete with machines, to get the 777X program up
and running. Next door is Boeing's main Everett factory where the first
777X will be assembled next year.The first flight is slated for 2019 and
first delivery to airlines in 2020.
In June 6-15-17:
Crazy weather this year is setting records all over the place. Pop-up thunderstorms
can change or delay a flight with the best made plans. I read an article
a while ago and the writer said that every flight is a new experience.
With a little wind and turbulence, that saying is bound to come true. The
tankers and cargo planes shooting touch and go's at Pease can add another
Sometimes the ride to the airport can be a new experience... what does
435 hp sound like?
225 Meeting Tuesday, June 13: 6-12-17:
Hello Everyone, EAA 225 next monthly meeting is at the Skyhaven FBO Pilot
Lounge this coming Tuesday, June 13. Socializing begins around 6-6:30 with
the meeting at 7pm. Included in the regular meeting will be, we have a
guest speaker coming, a review of past and upcoming Young Eagle Rallies,
and what other activities if any you would like to see us hold or participate
in. Hope to see you there! Regards, Gerry
Weekend TFR's NJ & NY 6-9-17:
NOTAMs have been published (FDC 7/7870, FDC 7/7871, FDC 7/7872, FDC 7/7941,
FDC 7/7942, FDC 7/7960, FDC 7/7961 and FDC 7/7962) that will affect flight
in the area during President Trump's planned visit.
AIRPLANE RIDES AT SKYHAVEN AIRPORT:5-27-17:
RIDES FOR KIDS 8 THRU 17 “EAA
YOUNG EAGLE FLIGHT RALLY”
Be Held At Rochester, NH’s, Skyhaven Airport Saturday, June 10, 2017. A
Parent or Legal Guardian’s signature is required at time of registration.
Registration will be held in the Skyhaven Airport Pilot Lobby starting
at 8:00am and ending at 4:00pm. Pancake Breakfast (8am to 11:30am) &
Barbeque Lunch (11:30am to 3pm). To benefit Annual EAA Chapter 225
Aviation Scholarship. For
more information about Young Eagles Flights see their web site www.youngeagles.org.
For more info & updates about this rally & future rallies like
us on Facebook @ EaaChapter2251210,or visit online: www.225.eaachapter.org
This event is solely provided by members of local EAA Chapter’s 225 &
1210. All flights are FREE and provided by EAA volunteer pilots.
America's Cup Sail Boal Racing Has Changed:
6-3-17: Flying on Water may sound like a metaphor for boats but after
watching the video the literal meaning of the word flying seems to fit
in there someplace.The latest class of boats, driven by the winning Oracle
Team USA, was dubbed AC72 and encompassed catamarans of up to 86-ft. with
giant wing sails. These boats also introduced the concept of hydrofoils,
sailing gear that lifts the boats out of the water at speeds over 40 knots
(46 mph) and became one of the competition’s few areas of design freedom
and differentiation. The hydrofoils (or daggerboards in some sailors’ parlance)
are designed to minimize drag and boost power, lifting the catamaran hulls
out of the water so they appear to fly through the air across waves at
speeds approaching 60 mph, nearly double what was possible prior to use
IN MAY : 6-1-17
Yes, believe it or not, the sky opened up yesterday for a VFR flight in
May. I thought the saying was April showers brought May flowers? However,
the openings didn't last long and a band of thunderstorms was headed for
Skyhaven. There was traffic doing touch and go's at Pease but the traffic
pattern was shortened because the for along the coast was moving in.
TFR CANCELED : 5-26-17:
Now you see it? Now you don't!
TFR IN BANGOR MAINE 5-25-17:
Trump TFR announced for Bangor Maine by AOPA, ON SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017,
8:15 PM local until 11:15 PM local Saturday, May 27, 2017 Bangor
5-22-17: Saturday 24 June
2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 14th Annual Mountain View Airfield Fly-in
Potluck Picnic & BBQ, Rain Date June 25. FLYING GAMES, Flour Bom Drop,
Spot Landings, Classic Antique and Home-built airplanes, even mlti-engines.
Fly in or Drive to: 123 Penn Air Road, Wolfeboro, NH 03894 Call 603-569-9391
or (cell) 603-520-5877 for info
TFR IN NEW LONDON, CT ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 5-15-17: Trump will
be giving the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New
London Conn. One article said that each year, the president delivers the
commencement address at one of the U.S. military service academies.
24 June 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 14th Annual Mountain View Airfield
Fly-in Potluck Picnic & BBQ Rain Date June 25 FLYING GAMES Flour Bomb
Drop Spot Landings Classic, Antique and Home-built airplanes, even multi-engines
Fly in or Drive to: 123 Penn Air Road, Wolfeboro, NH 03894
Call 603-569-9391 or (cell) 603-520-5877
225 Meeting Location To Be At The FBO Pilot Lounge 5-9-17:
Hi All, This is a quick update on our upcoming meeting tomorrow, Tuesday
May 9th at Skyhaven. Due to construction in the ramp area we will
be having our meeting in the FBO building (main terminal).
AIR SHOW - FREE ADMISSION! 5-7-17:
Have you been to the Quonset Air Show in Rhode Island? I haven't, but it
looks like quite an event that talks about their award winning show. The
list of performers is quite impressive with Mike Goulian giving a video
on their FaceBook page.
Weekend TFR's NJ & NY 5-4-17:
NEW YORK CLASS B AIRSPACE TFR Location Within the lateral limits of the
New York Class B airspace From the surface up to but not including 18,000
feet MSL. Times: 3:45 PM local until 10:00 PM local Thursday, May
Weekend TFR's Moved to Bedminster NJ 5-2-17:
"Trump is expected to decamp from his weekend retreat at the Mar-a-Lago
Club in West Palm Beach to spend more time at one of his golf clubs in
The town's mayor
Steve Parker expect's his own business, running the local Somerset Airport,
would take a hit. Parker sent a letter to his congressman that estimated
the cost of police overtime for the president's anticipated visits to the
Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster this summer at about $300,000."
EAA 225 activities May 5 & 6 5-1-17:
On Friday, May 5th we will have a BBQ/Skyhaven Airport meeting at the FBO
hangar in the evening. This public meeting is presented by the Skyhaven
Airport Advisory Committee and will feature topics including: the Airport
Revitalization Committee's RFP for airport services, including mechanic,
flight school, FBO, fuel sales, etc. The second item for this month is
our first Young Eagles rally of 2017 to be held on Saturday, May 6th at
Regional Airport. Breakfast will be served and all EAA volunteers/pilots
are entitled to free breakfast from our grill. Young Eagle
pilots will eat free all day. ...
To Hampton 4-28-17:
Flying in southeast New Hampshire gives pilots a chance to practice flying
in all types of airspace including "B", "C", and "D" space. We also have
MOA's in the mountain areas and RESTRICTED airspace over the Bush compound.
Back on April 4th I reported seeing 12 F15's on the ramp. Apparently they
didn't stay very long because you can't see them in this current video.
As it turns out, there were 14 F-15's getting ready to go back to England
where they are stationed. When they left they blasted out of Pease with
their afterburners on and woke up a few people in the neighborhood. CLICK
HERE FOR F-15 ARTICLE
Benefits From Trump TFR! 4-22-17:
West Palm Beach-based REG Architects has emerged
as a clear winner from President Donald Trump's visits to his Mar-a-Lago
estate. REG is building the Mar-a-Lago helipad, the "first presidential"
construction project at the club. But fixed-wing and helicopter flight
schools, aircraft rental and maintenance shops, banner advertisers, are
by the TFR! "We lost about 30 percent
of our revenue last month." Marian Smith, owner, Palm Beach Flight Training
owner for 19 years. Aviation businesses at PBIA and the county’s three
general aviation airports say Trump’s weekend stays at Mar-a-Lago have
cost them about $250,000 in business, and some of their customers, worried
about continued Trump visits, already are fleeing to other airports. NORAD
F-15s from Homestead Air National Guard Base and military helicopters intercept
small planes with "unsettling encounters" with F-15 jets.
WEATHER STATUS 4-22-17:
Thinking about going for a flight? Local or cross-country, find out with
one click on the Skyhavennh website and get the big picture METAR map and
you need not go any further. If your map looks like this, you're not going
FLYING MACHINES? 4-21-17:
AOPA newsletter recently featured two articles about new flying machines
ready to make their debut. One of these articles or both, appear to be
a tongue-in-cheek commentary about two machines that are extremely out
of the ordinary, and in one case absolutely ridiculous.
A company called Aurora Flight Sciences contracted by the government agency
DARPA is working on a robot mechanical manipulator that can be installed
in an aircraft like a Cessna Caravan. It's not really an auto-pilot, but
a robot that manually moves the controls like a co-pilot would do. They
claim the equipment can be removed and the plane put back to its previous
Here's a YouTube
video that shows it in action. VIDEO
225 April meeting, 11 April 2017 4-10-17:
Bill Beauvais, Ultralight Chapter 67 president, will have a presentation
on Corvair engines for aircraft. Specifically, he recently attended
Corvair College and built up his engine. He will have a powerpoint
presentation and most likely some show and tell on the build process.
It should be quite interesting. The meeting is this coming Tuesday, April
11th. Meeting starts at 7:00PM and come early to socialize. MORE .
Fun Begins 4-5-17:
First major US fly-in kicks off in Fla. The Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In
and Expo in Florida is the first major US fly-in of 2017. The event begins
4-4-17 and will feature AOPA's Cessna 172 Sweepstakes plane. Tuesday morning,
the show’s management reports that vendor attendance is the highest in
the show’s history and is up 25 percent from the 2016 numbers. Sun 'n Fun
director Lites Leenhouts told reporters Tuesday morning that he sees increased
participation as a sign the economy has turned a corner.
In April 4-4-17:
Another surprise snow storm hits New England in April. April 1st to be
exact. I think I spent around 3 hours cleaning up the snow. It was thick,
wet and made the snow blowers earn their keep. On April 3rd a blue sky
vfr day appeared and many pilots took to the skies to take advantage of
the nice weather. Waiting for planes to take off and finding a spot to
enter downwind because of traffic on a Monday afternoon is not a common
occurrence. I was even #2 on take-off at Hampton. When I flew over Pease
I thought it looked like 12 F-15's on the ramp. Are we getting ready for
Drones In The US 3-25-17:
According to AOPA, by 2021 the number of private drones in the US will
reach 3.6 million, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, tripling
the 2016 total. Robotic technology is rapidly growing and coming out of
the laboratories and factories out into mainstream consumer products. Some
of the advances of scientific and industrial robots are pretty amazing.
Check out this recent release from Boston Dynamics called “Handle,” can
operate in tough environments - in the snow and over uneven terrain. The
6.5-foot-tall robot moves at 9 mph on wheels and can manage four-foot vertical
jumps. This thing looks more like an AutoBot.
In March 2017 3-19-17:
March is here and spring is around the corner... almost. The great snow
storm of March 2017 created some record snow for this time of the year.
Some people were talking about getting their lawnmowers ready but it might
be a few days before the grass becomes visible again. Three days after
the storm the blue sky returned and 50+ mile visibility allowed you to
see Crawford Notch from Skyhaven and the Boston skyline flying over Pease
airport. Check out the video to see a transition of Portsmouth Class "D"
Airspace crossing the runway centerline midfield at 1600 feet.
225 March 2017 Meeting 3-12-17
Hello Everyone, Guess I should have checked the weather before sending
out the newsletter. In any case EAA 225’s Dinner/Meeting has been moved
from tonight to Thursday, March 16, same times apply. Stay safe out
there during this storm. Regards, Gerry
Pilot's Handbook Updated 3-13-17 The
FAA website that has the handbooks and Manuals in pdf format and ready
for download is pretty comprehensive. Each chapter is a separate download
with high resolution graphics. You can also download the whole book in
one low res pdf file that's only about 58 MB. Meeting the private pilot
currency requirements can be challenging and requires a constant vigilance
on staying up-to-date with airspace changes, biennials, and of course,
piloting skills. Actually, the order of importance would be reversed. All
the knowledge in the world won't help if your piloting skills are not up
225 March 2017 Newsletter 3-12-17
Hello Everyone, Hope you all find the newsletter interesting. Please
note there are some really great EAA webinars for the balance of March
and for April. Enjoy! Regards, Gerry
Storm Watch For Tuesday 3-12-17 Here's what I call a clear,
concise, and linear weather forecast. He starts with Sunday at the west
coast and takes you to New England on Wednesday. March started with an
LIFR day and promises to cover any grass recently exposed by the melting