Going to Mars? 4-11-18:
By now everyone has heard of the BFR rocket that Elon Musk is planning
to send to Mars. They are even predicting sometime in 2022. That sounds
quite ambitious. CEO and lead designer Elon Musk and has a goal of colonizing
The drone airspace in the Syracuse area is not your average radio control
helicopter with four propellor rotors. These DROTAMs are for the MQ-9 Reaper
that flies our off from Wheeler Sack Army Airfield at Fort Drum. The drones
are used by the Guard's Syracuse-based 174th Attack Wing to train Air Force
pilots who use them on surveillance and attack missions globally. Here's
a 3D that shows the relative size of the DROTAM airspace compared to the
Syracuse Class C airspace.
Dumps Visa for Mastercard 4-06-18:
AOPA is changing their credit card deal from Visa to Matercard. The benefits
are now more taylored for buying aviation stuff. Otherwise, you are left
with 1% with "other" purchases. So, if you want to buy that $1000 headset
you might get a 4% discount from your new AOPA Mastercard.
Maine Aviationís Safety Seminar 4-01-18:
Mr. Chris Kimball from the
NOAA's National Weather Service office in Gray, Maine, will be at Southern
Maine Aviation to showcase a presentation on common weather patterns, trends,
and unique phenomena that are native to New England seasons. The
seminar will be held in the show hanger of Southern Maine Aviation, which
is in the main terminal building at Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport.
Do you check the NOTAMS before every flight? Not checking the notams before
your flight might be compared to going to the beach without checking the
weather first. You may not have a good day if you don't. So when you check
the notams have you ever noticed the blue circles and outlines in SkyVector?
They call them "Drone Notams" and usually have a ceiling of around 400
feet. But there's a giant one circled around SYR. Here's what it says:"NOTAM
UAS Operating Area ISP_03/248 DEFINED AS 60NM RADIUS OF SYR SFC-10000FT
MON-THU 1230-0200 1803231230-1807300200." CLICK
HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NOTAMS
Popup Near Plymouth Ma 3-30-18:
Going for a vfr flight to the cape? Be sure to check the 1,2,3 box on the
weather page to get an instant status of your route, most notably the SkyVector
Aeronautical Charts. As soon as that maps comes up you have a picture of
the winds, weather, and TFR's (and more). Some articles have described
tfr's as an encroachment of the airspace and others view them as important
safety features. I suspect the answer lies somewhere in between. How about
the tiny tfr in Hanover Mass that's over an old munitions dump where a
massive cleanup effort is going on that requires blowing up bombs and munitions
being dug out of the ground? I'll give that a big OMG.
In March 3-29-18:
The density altitude was minus 1,400 feet. March is full of surprises
this year with some unusual amounts of snow and cold weather, but spring
is officially here with snow piles shrinking by the minute. It was a little
bumpy under 2,500 feet, but at 3,000 ft it was smooth as silk. With over
50 mile visibility you could easily see the Boston tall buildings from
Porstsmouth. Here's a quick look around the neighborhood.
Vice President Mike Pence will be in Manchester Thursday afternoon at the
Manchester Downtown Hotel. Later Thursday, Pence will appear at a fundraiser
for Gov. Chris Sununuís reelection.
225 Meeting Postponed 3-9-18:
Postponing the meeting until next Tuesday, the 20th of March.
225 NEWSLETTER & Meeting Notice 3-9-18:
Here's the EAA newsletter from Gerry Peterson:
SLSA Vashon Aircraft 3-2-18:
The owner of Dynon Avionics is building a SkyCatcher look alike for just
It's not a kit plane, although the chief design engineer worked for Van's
aircraft and was involved with the design of their RV-12 LSA. "Vashon Aircraft
in the Seattle suburbs quite literally grew out of Dynon Avionics. Vashonís
20,000-square-foot factory is physically attached to Dynon headquarters
in Woodinville, Washington. Both firms were founded and are owned by pilot
and serial entrepreneur John Torode, although they operate independently.
The Ranger is a
two-seat, special light sport aircraft (SLSA) with a 100-horsepower Continental
O-200D engine and fixed-pitch Catto propeller. Predictably, it comes with
Dynon glass panel (including autopilot), and it seems well suited to its
muddy birthplace in the Pacific Northwest with large 6.00 by 6-inch tires."
Air Force Comes
to Nashua Airport 2-22-18 Commemorative
Air Force AirPower History Tour will be here at Nashua Airport on July
4 - 8, 2018 from 9am to 5pm daily. Come and see the World's Most Famous
Flying B-29 Superfortress "FIFI" along with the C-45 Expeditor "Bucket
of Bolts" and a T-6 Texan. Entry to the ramp is $10 for Adults, $5 for
Children 10-17, and FREE under the age of 10. To book rides or for more
information visit www.AirPowerTour.org
AD for 14,000 Cessna 172, 182, 206, 207, and 210 models
"The FAA has proposed an AD involving 14,653 U.S. Cessna 172, 182, 206
and 210 models after cracks were found in the lower area of the forward
cabin doorpost bulkhead. Thatís where the wing strut attaches and the AD
requires repetitive inspections of the area. After
one owner reported finding cracks, more inspections revealed them in about
50 more aircraft. ďIt has been determined that the cracks result from metal
fatigue,Ē the AD says. A list of affected aircraft is here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-01/pdf/2018-01923.pdf."
Wow, that's a lot of aircraft. There's a lot of vintage Skyhawks made in
the 60's, 70's and 80's flying around that make up a major part of the
single engine fleet. Some companies are refurbishing the old planes and
selling them like new planes. However, under the pretty paint jobs and
cabin make-overs, you still have an airframe that's over 40 years old.
In terms of automobiles, 14,000 is a small percentage of vehicles. But
for Cessna airplanes, it's a huge number. Think about it. The total number
of Skyhawks ever built is around 44,000 and that is the highest number
of single engine planes ever built since 1955. A unique feature about aluminum
is that all aluminum parts have a fatigue limit. Unlike steel parts that
are designed within a specified load limit, it will have no fatigue limit.
"Structural metals such as aluminum and copper do not have a distinct cyclic
limit and will eventually fail even from small stress amplitudes."
In February 2-17-18:
The density altitude was minus 2,000 feet. Typical for this time
of the year. The commuter traffic formed a solid white line heading north
on the Spaulding Turnpike and southbound on 95. Remember, when you transit
Delta airspace make sure you have established radio contact before you
cross the imaginary dash line. However, when you exit they may say goodbye
or just abandon you and not say anything.
Have you seen the FAA
hotspot publications lately? If you haven't looked at an airport diagram
for a while, you might be wondering what are those "HS 1" and "HS 2" markings
are all about. The airport diagram itself won't tell you anything. You
need to go to another FAA publication for an explanation. And then, you
need to go to a pdf file to find out the meaning of a particular HS marking.
Have you noticed that Portland now has two HS markings. Maybe we should
have hotspot markings on TomTom and Magellan automotive gps devices to
alert drivers of their dangerous driving habits. The speed limit in front
of my house is 30, but many vehicles are speeding over 50. I'll give that
a big "HS 1".
HS could also stand for "Holy Mackerel."
225 Meeting This Evening 2-13-18:
From the EAA newsletter: "This meeting we need to talk about our
summer events. Peter has been at the wings and wheels meeting and I'm looking
forward to the latest information. If anyone has contacts in local EAA
chapters it would be a good time to discuss getting in touch with them.
The wings and wheels show from past experience brings in a ton of kids.
It would be great to have a crowd of pilots to fly young eagles! "
Systems' newest drone; the MAGMA 2-8-18:
BAE and the University of
Manchester have announced the first successful flight on December 13. The
design has no moving control surfaces? Yes, they say they are using
two newly developed systems to navigate in the air; wing circulation control
(WCC) and fluidic thrust vectoring (FTV). It looks like the WCC replaces
the ailerons and the FTV replaces the elevator. Apparently they don't need
rudder control. Or do they?
To Nowhere 2-7-18:
Yes, it's still very much winter in New England. Looks like this storm
goes from here to Mexico .This page from the GFA leaves no doubt about
what's going on. I think I'll go put some gas in my snowblower.
at 3000 49 knots? 2-1-18:
So I went for a little ride the other day and on myway
to Sanford airport I'm indicating 120 mph airspeed and the GS on the GPS
was reading 144 knots. Looking at the winds aloft before take-off the report
showed winds at 3000 at 49 knots. But on the ground the wind was reported
light and variable at 4 knots. Climbing out from the light and variatble
ground wind to the unusually fast winds at 2000 feet was relatively smooth
and uneventfulll other than a remarkable ground of 165 mph. Not to bad
for a 160 hp Skyhawk. On the left and right are screen captures of the
KDAW and KSFM ASOS and winds aloft from the Avare app on a Samsung Galaxy