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VFR IN OCTOBER 10-2-17: Fall is in the air, but the warm sun and clear skies give way for some beautiful CAVU flying around the neighborhood. How about looping around the lakes and then visiting Mount Chocorua and Waterville Valley.
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TRUMP TFR THIS WEEKEND   9-26-17:
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NEW PAVEMENT AT SKYHAVEN AIRPORT 9-24-17: The beautiful pavement around the hangars is as smooth as glass. 
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EAA YOUNG EAGLE Flight Rally 9-24-17: October 7, 2017, Time: 8am to 12 Noon

For KIDS Age 8-17, (Parent of Guardian Signature Required)
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CLICK HERE TO SEE PICTURES FROM PREVIOUS RALLIESEAA – Pancake Breakfast 8-11 am, Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017, Time: 8am to 12 Noon, Place: SKYHAVEN AIRPORT, ROCHESTER, NH, Location: Pilots’ Lounge of FBO Building, Local Volunteers from EAA Rochester, NH
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Aero L-39NG 9-22-17: The famous L-39 that you see at airshows all over the U.S. is now being updated to the Aero L-39NG, a turbofan-powered military trainer aircraft currently under development by Aero Vodochody. It is a successor of the Cold War era Aero L-39 Albatros. The aircraft is being developed in two versions.
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REDBULL FLUGTAG IN PITTSBURGH 9-15-17: The RedBull Flugtag was in Pittsburgh this year. This amazing company has bragging rights of being the largest selling drink in the world. The founder Dietrich Mateschitz is not only the richest man in Austria but also flies a Falcon 900 and a Super Cup and has a hangar full of vintage aircraft. Some people have it good, and some people have it really good... Problem of the day: Which airplane should I fly today?
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TRUMP TFR MORRISTOWN/BEDMINSTER, NJ BEGINNING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 9-14-17: President Trump's planned visit.
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EAA 225 Meeting September 12th (BBQ @ 6PM)   9-1217: The Antique Aircraft Association fly-in was held over Labor Day weekend in Blakesburg, Iowa and the weather was perfect in eastern Iowa.  The following weekend brought the Midwest Antique Aircraft Club (MAAC) fly-in up to Brodhead, Wisconsin and equally beautiful weather prevailed. A highlight of the event was celebrating Dick and Patsy Jackson’s 65th wedding anniversary at the fly-in. The same weekend the 44th Annual Greenville International Fly-In took place in beautiful Greenville, Maine.  At least three of our chapter members attended, including Alan Goodwin, Gerry Hanscom and Gerry Peterson.  Our monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 12th will feature a slideshow presentation of the Greenville Fly-In presented by Gerry Peterson. ...MORE
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Flying in a Glider at Morrisville Airport 9-6-17: On a trip to Morrisville one of my passengers decided to stay their for the weekend. Morrisville is noted for their morning fog and stubborn scattered to broken clouds from pattern altitude to four thousand feet, but with a little patience it usally clears by 10 to let some VFR traffic fly in for a visit.
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VFR Trip To Morrisville Airport 8-29-17: Well, the end of the summer is at hand and Morrisville reported 40 degrees at night and warming up to the mid 60's during the day. And yes, I brought my jacket with me... where did the summer go?
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Short Field Take-off With A Maule 8-27-17: Nice weather continues to visit Skyhaven bringing out some interesting aircraft. How about a short field take-off with a Maule. I didn't have my camera with me so I had to make do with my cell phone.
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Fly-Out to Newport, RI (KUUU) 8-19-17: Have you ever been to a "Fly-Out?"
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TRUMP TFR ALERT   8-17-17:
MORRISTOWN/BEDMINSTER, NJ BEGINNING FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017

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Airbus Made (assembled) in America 8-16-17: The military and politicians talk about made in America like Henry Ford did in his factories in the 1930's and 40's. However, the reality is that we live in a global economy, and have been for a while. A good example is Airbus. Subassemblies are made all over the world and sent to Alabama for assembly in their new assembly plant. CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY

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TRUMP TFR ALERT   8-12-17: MORRISTOWN, NJ/NEW YORK, NY BEGINNING MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017 NOTAMs have been published (FDC 7/9611, FDC 7/9613, FDC 7/8492, and FDC 7/8493) that will affect flight in the area during President Trump's planned visit. The VIP TFRs associated with the movement to New York City beginning August 13th have been cancelled at this time.
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TRUMP TFR ALERT   8-11-17: NEW YORK, NY BEGINNING SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2017 NOTAMs have been published (FDC 7/8466, FDC 7/8467, FDC 7/8492, and FDC 7/8493) that will affect flight in the area during President Trump's planned visit. NEW YORK CLASS B AIRSPACE TFR Location Lateral limist of New York Class B Airspace From the surface up to but not including 18,000 feet MSL.
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EAA 225 Meeting Tuesday, August 8:   8-8-17: This month’s meeting will feature an Oshkosh AirVenture slideshow with photos from Peter Bruckner and myself.  Drew Gillett was also in attendance and can add his ‘two cents’ of what AirVenture was like. Our meeting will start at 6PM with a BBQ and then the general meeting will start at 7PM.  Come hungry and enjoy EAA AirVenture 2017.   The meeting will be held in the FBO building at Rochester’s Skyhaven Airport.  ...MORE
 
VFR In August 8-7-17: Severe weather storms have been hitting parts of the U.S. with rain and winds, but for now we have had some interesting vfr weather in southern New Hampshire. In this video we take a look at some of the taxiway work being done around the hangars, a view of the 95 traffic and turkeys around the runway.
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.Aerobatic Aircraft At Skyhaven8-5-17: New England Aerobatics Club held a practice session at Skyhaven this past week. Have you ever heard of them? It is a unique club CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATIONof pilots who fly aerobatics aircraft. The aerobatics club occasionally uses Skyhaven as a practice airport because of its proximity to wooded areas. According to an article, "Skyhaven has fuel and food locally and a densely wooded area with low population just east of the runway."  Click here to see more information about the NEAC.
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Taxiway Project At Skyhaven Airport 8-4-17: The taxiway project is coming along well and the progress is visible from the road. 
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TRUMP TFR ALERT   8-4-17: MORRISTOWN/BEDMINSTER, NJ BEGINNING FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017(((TIME CHANGE)))  NOTAMs have been published (FDC 7/4123, FDC 7/4124, FDC 7/2567, and FDC 7/2568.) that will affect flight in the area during President Trump's planned visit. Here's a 3D depiction of the New York airspace. 
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Drilling Holes The Diameter Of a Human Hair  8-3-17: So, for all you home builders of planes CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATIONand parts and stuff, how would you drill a hole that is .003 inch in diameter? The smarty pants answer would be a question of why would you want to make such a small hole in the first place? GE Aviation decided they needed cooling holes on the hot side of a turbine blade. They are doing it with a Laser cutting machine that is combined with a low pressure water jet (Note: 800bar = 11,603psi). The laser is fired inside a .003 inch diameter stream of water that cuts a precision hole or slot in material up to 3/4 inch thick. I'll give that a Holy Mackerel.
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And The Winner Of The AOPA 172 Is? 7-29-17: I know someone who got a notice from Publishers Clearing House that said if you happen to be the winner of their $25,000,000 give-away prize, that we hope you will show us how really happy you are for our cameras. Apparently, some winnersCLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION have some very stunned unemotional reactions and are speechless... uh,  oh, uh, really? But not so with the AOPA winner. He seems to be ready for the part. Being a line and instructor pilot for Allegiant Airlines and also deals with the public through his real estate business he had the correct response for the prize patrol... Maybe next year a retired factory worker thinking of taking the Rusty Pilot course will win the next AOPA give-away and be lost for words.
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How to Protect Astronauts from Space Radiation 7-21-17: I've read articles about airline pilots getting exposed to Cosmic Rays, although most of the dangerous radiation coming from outer space is filtered by the earth's magnetic field. However, when you go in outer space, you have two types of radiation to contend with.  One is the radiation from CME's from our sun, the other is Cosmic Radiation coming in from outer space. Scientist are working on a material that will block the radiation that's called "Hydrogenated boron nitride nanotubes." This material contains hydrogen which is the prime ingredient to block those pesky protons from destroying your DNA.
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Rangeley Lakes 2nd Annual Fly In & Air Show 7-20-17: Here's an excerpt from the (http://www.rangeleymaine.com/calendar/event/2965) webpage:
Come join us July 22  in Rangeley, Maine for the 2nd Annual Rangeley Lakes Fly In & Air Show at the Steven A. Bean Municipal Airport in Rangeley (8B0).  This is going to be an amazing event that will draw crowds from all areas of New England.  We will have a fly- in for pilots, with the airplanes on display for spectators.
Here's a link where the below poster info came from:(http://www.rangeleyairshow.com/)
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VFR To Nowhere:  7-18-17: Thinking about going for a plane ride? Click on this link (http://skyhavennh.com/weather.html#metars) and you'll know in 2 seconds if you're going anywhere. Looks like today is a good day to read up on the latest GPS ADS-B information. You might also brush up on Flight Following, ATC terminology and class B,C, & D airspace. The new Garmin GTX 345 will tell you if you vary more than plus or minus 250 feet from you selected altitude. ATC may not be that generous. How about +/- 50 feet? That can be a challenge without autopilot. By the time you finish switching pages on the GPS, checking the right zoom, clearing the map clutter, setting the next radio frequency, checking ATIS... oops, I just lost 150 feet and 10 degrees on heading... and don't forget to keep looking out the window for traffic!
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TRUMP TFR ALERT   7-11-17: 
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EAA 225 Meeting Tuesday, July 11:  7-10-17: It’s finally here,  the month of AirVenture. The great news is that we’ll have at least 4 of our members attending this year.  Drew Gillett and Peter Bruckner are flying out it Drew’s flying club Cherokee. The meeting is on our normal meeting night of Tuesday, July 11th.  BBQ starting at 6PM with the meeting to follow at 7PM.  I will try to have the Waco on display on the ramp.   ...MORE
M.I.T. CHOOSES GAS OVER SOLAR FOR DRONE  7-9-17:  A team of MIT engineers launched Jungle Hawk Owl from the back of a compact car at Plum Island airport in Newburyport Mass. It was the first flight for the 24-foot-wide drone, which the team believes is capable of staying in the air for five days on a single tank of gas. The U.S. Air Force needed a low cost drone to stay aloft for long periods of time. As it turned out, after doing all the calculations, they determined that a gas engine would be better than solar power.
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AVIATION NEWS & FINLETS   7-6-17:  So I'm sitting in the office wating for my AME to renew my aviation medical reading an article in Aviation News about a company that is using Computational Fluid Dynamics to study the airflow on aircraft surfaces including the body and engine cowlings. The computer program uses complex mathematical equations to determine where the airflow will go and how it affects drag. Recommendations from this company on military aircraft have determined that it will save about 1% in fuel cost. So if you see any Boeing 737's with "finlets" all over the tail section of the plane it means they're saving 1% in fuel cost. Maybe the Ford Trimotor was on to something...
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Trump Weekend TFR's NJ & NY MORRISTOWN/BEDMINSTER, NJ BEGINNING FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2017 6-29-17: NOTAMs have been published (FDC 7/1865, FDC 7/1866, FDC 7/1867, FDC 7/1868, FDC 7/1870, FDC 7/1883, FDC 7/1884, FDC 7/1885, FDC 7/1886, FDC 7/1887, FDC 7/1888, and FDC 7/1892) that will affect flight in the area during President Trump's planned visit. 
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ADS-B For Skyhawks and Cherokees  6-26-17:  Garmin claims to have the answer for upgrading the large base of Cessna 172's and Piper single engine economy grade planes out there that are currently equiped with vintage radio stacks with cranking knobs and microphones that were actually used before the day that headsets became mandatory standard equipment. The new solution is the GTX 345 mode S transponder. It not only provides you with the mandatory ADS-B out, but also the ADS-B in and also has XM satellite weather. This new information appears in the form of new pages in your Garmin 430w gps radio... that is if you have one. To get up-to-date, here's a couple of PDF files. One about the Addendum to the Garmin 430 and the other is for the GTX 345. Click on the pictures to download.

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