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5-12-17: 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 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 for info.

EAA 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).   ... MORE
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QUONSET 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.
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Trump 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 4, 2017
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Trump 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 New Jersey.
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." ...MORE
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Upcoming 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 Sanford 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. ... MORE
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VFR 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
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Company Benefits From Trump TFR! 4-22-17: West Palm Beach-based REG Architects has CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATIONemerged 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 grounded 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.
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INSTANT 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 anywhere.
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TWO 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.

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ROBOT CO-PILOT?  4-16-17: 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 condition.
Here's a YouTube video that shows it in action.   VIDEO
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EAA 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
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Sun'n 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.
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VFR 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 something?
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Private 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.
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VFR 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.
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EAA 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

FAA Pilot's Handbook Updated
3-13-17 CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATIONThe 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 to date.
 
EAA 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
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Winter 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 snow.


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