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SPACEX 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 Mars. 
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DROTAMs 4-07-18: 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.
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AOPA 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.
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Southern Maine Aviationís Safety Seminar 4-01-18: Mr. Chris Kimball from theCLICK HERE TO REGISTER 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. 
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DRONE NOTAMS  4-01-18: 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 AGL  MON-THU 1230-0200 1803231230-1807300200."  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NOTAMS
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Mini TFR's 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.
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VFR 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.
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Mini TFR ALERT 3-22-18: 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.
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TRUMP TFR ALERT 3-16-18: 
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EAA 225 Meeting Postponed 3-9-18: Postponing the meeting until next Tuesday, the 20th of March.
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EAA 225 NEWSLETTER & Meeting Notice 3-9-18: Here's the EAA newsletter from Gerry Peterson:
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New SLSA Vashon Aircraft 3-2-18: The owner of Dynon Avionics is building a SkyCatcher look alike for just under CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION100k. 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."
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Commemorative 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
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Cessna AD for 14,000 Cessna 172, 182, 206, 207, and 210 models 2-20-18: "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."
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VFR 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.
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Runway Hotspots 2-14-18: 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."
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EAA 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! "
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BAE Systems' newest drone; the MAGMA  2-8-18: BAE and the University ofCLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION 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?
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VFR 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.
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Winds 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 S3.
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