April 30/04        On the road...

   Picture is courtesy of Dell - WJ USA

April 29/04        Get your self cheaper torque wrench - info from "Duke" and Mike.

At the Purple Pig a few of us were discussing Torque wrenches and how expensive they are. There is a relatively inexpensive wrench available at Princess Auto. It ranges from 20 - 200 inch pounds and cost 40 bucks.  Steve

http://www.princessauto.com is the website. Unfortunately, the site is not very user friendly... you can, however, download the catalogue in PDF format, and the torque wrench advertisement is on page 229, I think. Mike

 April 29/04        Love this song.....

April 29/04        This weather sucks....

Output produced by TAFs form (1140 UTC 29 Apr 2004)
found at http://adds.aviationweather.noaa.gov
 


METAR text: KIAG 291110Z 21019G27KT 10SM FEW050 SCT100 SCT220 16/03 A3003 RMK AO2 PK WND 21027/1110
Conditions at: KIAG observed 1110 UTC 29 Apr 2004
Temperature: 16.0C (61F)
Dewpoint: 3.0C (37F) [RH = 42%]
Pressure (altimeter): 30.03 inches Hg (1017.0 mb)
Winds: from the SSW (210 degrees) at 22 MPH (19 knots; 9.9 m/s)
gusting to 31 MPH (27 knots; 14.0 m/s)
Visibility: 10 or more miles (16+ km)
Ceiling: at least 12,000 feet AGL
Clouds: few clouds at 5000 feet AGL
scattered clouds at 10000 feet AGL
scattered clouds at 22000 feet AGL
Weather: no significant weather observed at this time

April 29/04        Spring flight.

As I am slowly getting bored of the Sodom Rd field and as I do, I look around for other places to fly from. This time I have hooked up with Ben who has a grass strip right behind his house. I shake hands with Ben, meet his wife and carry my stuff to the runway. The private strip is within 5 NM from St.Catharines airport therefore it is necessary to call in prior any take off or landing takes place. I was bit nervous as I have never talked to the "tower" before. "Hi, this is powered paraglider Charlie, India, Golf, Victor, Victor.... Read more here

  

Apr 27/04         Solar powered flight to 76 000 ft....

The Helios Prototype, driven by 14 propellers turned by small 2-horsepower electric motors, was believed to be capable of reaching 103,000 feet under ideal weather conditions, three times higher than commercial jet-powered aircraft.``You're talking about going places where no one has gone before - 100,000 feet is space practically,'' said Stan Nelson, chairman of the National Aeronautics Association, the official record-keeping agency. Helios reached 76,000 feet on a test flight last month. The record for non-rocket-powered flight is 85,068 feet, set by a Lockheed SR-71 spy plane in 1976.Moving more like a kite than an airplane, the long, flexible flying wing climbed slowly into the air over the Pacific at 2:48 p.m. EDT. Depending on the weather, the remotely piloted Helios was expected to break that record within eight to nine hours after takeoff, NASA program manager John Hicks said. Because the craft gets its electricity from 65,000 solar cells covering the wing, the takeoff required full sunshine. Cloud cover over western Kauai had canceled two weekend takeoff attempts at the Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility. Its 247-foot wingspan is greater than that of a Boeing 747, and it weighs just 1,557 pounds, less than many cars. Since the atmosphere at 100,000 feet is similar to the thin Martian atmosphere, Helios will help engineers plan Mars aircraft designs, said Kevin Petersen, director of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Petersen said a solar-powered aircraft flying on Mars could survey a lot more area than a vehicle on the ground. Because it doesn't need to land for refueling, Helios also is envisioned as a low-cost alternative to broadcast-relay or weather satellites in Earth orbit.

  

Source: http://www.hypography.com/article.cfm?id=31525

Apr 26/04         Decompression valve on Spider model.

Those who purchased 2004 Walkerjet Spider please note that there is manual decompression valve that should be pushed in to allow for easy manual start. As soon as the engine fires the valve will pop out to close the decompression hole. See location of this valve on the picture below.

April 24/04       Training day at the Sodom Rd. field - April 24, 2004

Serge and Joe took ground school and ground handled, John ground handled, Adam ground handled and flew for the first time, Ray flew, Mete ground handled. Pictures here. Story will follow...

Apr 22/04         PPG course with Chris and Rob - Day 7 and 8 - April 7 and 8, 2004

After 40 min Chris started to kick his feet which meant I would like to land. We were bit too late on final flare and Chris landed bit fast in the middle of the biggest puddle ever. It looked and sounded like someone belly flopped in the pool. Unreal. If I was to ask Chris to hit this puddle he would never ever be able to do it. I do not know what it is with beginners. If there is a lonely bush or a muddy spot students will find and proceed to smack right in the middle of it. Over the years of PG and PPG teaching I have seen students landing in the trees, horse shit, rose bushes, in a creek, in a pond, in muddy drainage ditch, into a cow, on top of green house, into a parked vehicle and list just goes on...Read more here.

April 21/04       Training day at the Sodom Rd. field - April 20, 2004

Sean flew and landed in mock. Bob ground handled, Jeff flew for the first time. Pictures here. Video (256 Kb) of Jeff here. Story will follow...

     

April 19/04       Don't ask...    I did this while back!

April 18/04       This is scary. It is 10:41 am and it is pitch black outside!

I major storm approaching. I have never seen this before! I am not kidding this is tornado like stuff.  Obviously no flying today...

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