225 Meeting November 14 11-14-17:
Hello Everyone, The November EAA meeting is at the Skyhaven FBO pilotís
lounge. Meet and greet around 6:30 with meeting to follow at 7pm.
Horizons Space Craft 10-27-17:
in January of 2015 I reported on a spacecraft that was about to visit Pluto.
That was two years ago and it has now travelled another billion miles (4
billion miles from earth) and will be visiting a piece of rock floating
in the outer regions of the solar system called the Kuiper Belt. It is
scheduled to arrive in January 2019. The radio signals sent to the spacecraft
take 5 hours and 15 minutes to get there. In October, they plan to send
a program update. Yes, an update just like when you get one from Microsoft
to update you computer, the space craft will received a program update.
However, the electronic code sent to the spacecraft will be flying through
space for 5 hours before hitting the antenna of the spacecraft...
Touch and Go's 10-23-17:
The warm weather continues to make October the warmest October ever recorded.
Here's a Skyhawk from Southern Maine Aviation doing some touch and go's.
in Ground (WIG) Cargo Flying Boat 10-17-17
Did you know that 99% of the ocean surface has wave heights less that 13
Ever find yourself
hovering in ground effect waiting for the plane to touch down? Aviation
articles talk about a magic distance between the wing and the runway that
generate ground effect that gives the plane more lift and less drag...
hmmm. Somebody from NASA gave some serious thought about this and is proposing
a WIG flying boat that would take advantage of ground effect generated
over the ocean water and fly about 20 feet above the surface to take advantage
of the extra lift and less drag.