Saturday, February 20, 2010

Flying over snow

I managed to get into the sky one of the few sunny days we have had recently.
Thought it was worth sharing the view.
Not long till spring now.

2_20_09 meeting

A number of members turned out today.
We have 41 paid members this year so far.

The Swift Fuel folks canceled today due to weather, there was ice and a report that Boilermaker field was going to close because of the weather.

They are scheduled to come down next week the 27th. Let's hope that works out.

on February 23th, 2010 – 8:00 AM

Agenda Approval of the minutes , Farm Contract, Non-Primary Entitlement Money, New Business, Old Business, Public Comment

March 6th, Larry Cunningham from the FAA will speak to the Chapter on an as yet unannounced topic, but initial discussions were related to Flight Service Stations, or Airport Security and General Aviation come out and have a donut and hear what Larry has to say.

Tim Sparks came out as an advance man for the Science Olympiad. If you have volunteered for this event in the past, you know it is fun and captivating to watch a couple kids fly their rubber band powered vehicles for up to 5 minutes on one winding. This year we will be helping with the
Helicopter duration flights
the Wright Stuff
If you are interested in volunteering for the event, contact Tim Sparks, or reply to this email, and we will get you hooked up.

One of our former presidents, Al Vlasmann, brought in a box that had some good photos of Lee Root's Starduster Too before it was skinned, they are up on the blog, so check those pics out when you get a chance.

Lee Root Photos

Lee Root was working on this plane when I first came out to the airport for an EAA 650 get together. These pictures found their way to the web site when Al Vlasmann, former president, was doing some renovation and found a box of Chapter items.

Thanks Lee for your support of EAA 650 and sharing your love of airplanes.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Airport Wx

This is dynamite! Put your mouse over a station/airport and get the current weather, click on it and you get a progression updates for entire day...

Bring up the map, mouse over any airport, get an instant readout of WX conditions....

Saturday, February 13, 2010

International Space Station Time Line

Construction of the International Space Station

Look at what happened from 1998 until 2008. In just ten years it has grown and grown. Watch the pieces come together as they are sent up from Earth. This is the International Space Station (ISS) Assembly diagram, piece by piece. I had no idea the Space Station had grown to this size. This is really cool.....

What a piece of engineering!!

Click below:

Paper Certificate needs to be replaced

This news caught me by surprise.

Pilots cannot exercise the privileges of their PAPER pilot certificates after March 31, 2010.
Certificates issued under 14 CFR Part 63 and 65 will expire March 31, 2013.

FAR 61.19(h) reads:
Duration of pilot certificates. Except for a temporary certificate issued under §61.17 or a student pilot certificate issued under paragraph (b) of this section, the holder of a paper pilot certificate issued under this part may not exercise the privileges of that certificate after March 31, 2010.

There is normally a $2 charge but there is no charge if you have the FAA remove your SSN from the certificate.


First jet Flight

Doctor Hans Von Ohain was a German airplane designer who invented an operational jet engine. Hans Von Ohain obtained his doctorate in Physics at the University of Göttingen in Germany and then became the junior assistant to Hugo Von Pohl, director of the Physical Institute at the University. German aircraft builder, Ernst Heinkel asked the university for assistance in new airplane propulsion designs and Pohl recommended his star pupil. Hans Von Ohain, was investigating a new type of aircraft engine that did not require a propeller. Only twenty-two years old when he first conceived the idea of a continuous cycle combustion engine in 1933, Hans Von Ohain patented a jet propulsion engine design similar in concept to that of Sir Frank Whittle but different in internal arrangement in 1934.
Hans Von Ohain joined Ernst Heinkel in 1936 and continued with the development of his concepts of jet propulsion. A successful bench test of one of his engines was accomplished in September 1937. A small aircraft was designed and constructed by Ernst Heinkel to serve as a test bed for the new type of propulsion system - the Heinkel He178. The Heinkel He178 flew for the first time on August 27, 1939. The pilot on this historic first flight of a jet-powered airplane was Flight Captain Erich Warsitz.
Hans Von Ohain developed a second improved jet engine, the He S.8A, which was first flown on April 2, 1941.born: Dec. 14, 1911 , Dessau, Germany
died: March 13, 1998, Melbourne, Fla., U.S.

70th Anniversary of the first Jet Powered Aircraft

Just one week before the outbreak of World War II, Germany flew the world's first jet aircraft. That plane was the Heinkel He-178 which, had its development been pushed, might have altered the course of history.

The first successful flights of the world's first turbojet-propelled airplane took place over a German forest on August 24 and 27, 1939, with Luftwaffe Captain Erich Warsitz at the controls.

The tiny Heinkel HeS38 jet engine that powered the He-178 produced only 838 pounds of static thrust.

But that was enough to push the small single-seat monoplane to a speed of well over 400 miles per hour. Thus, even in its earliest test flights this remarkable aircraft demonstrated performance superior to that of many operational fighters.

The Heinkel jet engine was the brainchild of a brilliant young German scientist named Pabst von Ohain, who was only 25 years old when the He-178 made aviation history.

The aircraft itself was designed by Heinkel engineers, working under the personal direction of Ernst Heinkel, head of the Heinkel aircraft manufacturing company.

That firm financed the development of the He-178 without either the knowledge or financial support of the Nazi government.

The 4,400-pound Heinkel He-178 was literally built around the Ohain engine.

It had a barrel shaped 24¡Ç-foot-long metal fuselage,with stubby 23¡Ç-foot wooden wings mounted high on its sides.

The aircraft utilized the conventional three-point retractable landing gear, rather than tricycle configuration which was later adopted for other jets.

Despite the He-178's spectacular performance, the German Air Force at first showed scant interest in the plane..

It wasn't until October 1939 that high-ranking air force officers agreed to inspect it, and although the He-178 clearly had great potential, it was never produced in quantity.

Slow to push development work, the German Air Force didn't have an operational jet fighter plane until August 1944, too late to have a decisive effect on the outcome of World War II.

Nevertheless. through the foresight of Ernst Heinkel and the brilliant engineering of Pabst von Ohain, the He-178 ushered in the jet age.

Makay Bar

On July 10 1959 I flew in the copilots seat as we landed at Makay Bar in a Ford trimotor. Ralph Jessup

An "Owyhee" friend going into Mackay Bar in Idaho.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

FAA Amends Sport Pilot Rules

Thank Willis for this one,

Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Parts 43, 61, 91, and 141

Certification of Aircraft and Airmen for the Operation of Light-Sport Aircraft;

Modifications to Rules for Sport Pilots and Flight Instructors With a Sport Pilot Rating;

Final Rule

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Sky King Link

    Here is a link some might find interesting.  It has all the old Sky King programs.  We didn't have television when I was a kid, so I never saw them.  They are lame beyond belief: implausible plots, ham acting, etc.  A historical curiousity.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast

All The Saturday morning breakfast we had was a resounding success. The eggs to order, the bacon fried crispy, the fruit garnish,...