View of Whiteplains Plantation

View of Whiteplains Plantation
Over Head View - Taken May 8, 2011 Photo By: Phil Rainwater

Friday, April 25, 2008

Weather Information by Cell Phone

Not everyone has XM weather in the cockpit but most people have a cell phone that can at least receive text. If you have one with a built in camera, you can also download free weather radar, and graphics. Not only stills, but loops as well. Along with METARS, TAFs and flight rules maps. Best of all, this information can be had for FREE or almost free.
Below is a list of such services as reported in AOPA Pilot:
Pilot My-cast by Garmin www.digitalcyclone.com/products Is a mobile, Web-based application that features multiple weather tools, a basic flight planner, and the ability to file a flight plan. Price: $9.95 month
DTC Duat www.duat.com/mobile You can receive official weather graphs (Radar, surface observations, flight rules, and prog charts) along with METARs and TAFs. To use it you need a cell phone, DUAT account and password. Price: FREE
Weather Notice www.wxnotice.com This service sends text and graphics weather products to cell phone via TEXT messaging. Phone be a camera phone if you want graphics. Download METARs, TAFs, surface observations and forecast charts, satellite, radar composites and Nexrad. Price is only $4.95 a month. 90 days free try before you buy.
National Weather Service http://mobile.weather.gov/ Most functions as DTC Duat but has two METAR function not found elsewhere. One is observations for the past 12 hours, second you can search by state. Price: Free
CELL WX http://igor.thunderstone.com/ Provides METARs, TAFs, looping satellite images, radar, and flight rules maps. Also has basic data on airport facilities such as rental cars, instrument approaches, fuel and food. Price: FREE
PDA Animated Weather www.ssec.wisc.edu/data/paw This site has hight resolution graphics such as radar, satellite, temperature,precipitations amounts over time, and city forecasts. Price: Free
AirWX http://m.airwx.com/ offers search able pireps, text message METARs, current and forecast charts, and an airport distance tool. Price: Free
No excuse now for not checking the weather before you launch. If you know of other service, send them in. Fly safe.
Information found in AOPA Pilot May 2008

Phase II Tree Removal



In the never ending job of trying to get Phase II irrigation system to work (out of service since 2005), today Ed Farr and Don Cook where able to remove the big tree at the entrance to Phase II. The tree needed to be removed because it was over the irrigation pipe that was broken. While we are now one step closer to getting the system to work, it is still out of service.
Tree removal would not have been possible with out the help of Ed Farr and his fork lift. Thanks Ed....Great job!







Thursday, April 24, 2008

Gilbert Fire Department BBQ

Whiteplains Family
Its that time of the year again, BBQ from the Gilbert fire Department. Mark your calendars NOW! Don't want to forget.
Contact: Dennis Perry, Jim Wheat, Denise Perry, James Kiesler, Joanne Kiesler or any Board member for tickets.
PS: E-mail me and I will bring your tickets to you. Tickets are $7.00 per plateMenu: BBQ Pork plate or Chicken plate Note: Includes rice/hash, bread,pickles,tea and water When - May 3 2008Where - Jim Wheat's Hangar on hangar row
Who - All Whiteplains property owners, family and friends A big thank you to Ken Plesser and Peg Peterson for hosting this BBQ dinner the past several years.Each year this event gets bigger and better. I expect this year will continuie in the same direction. Let's "Pig out together", hope to see you there.
Dennis Perry

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sun-N-Fun 2008 Photoshow

If you didn't make it to this years Sun-N-Fun, then join us on a short trip to Lakeland, Florida to view some photos taken by Whiteplains residents that attended.
Thanks to Ray Hill, Bill Como, and Don Cook for providing the pictures used in the photoshow.








Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pilots Meeting 4-21-2008






Monday's pilot's meeting was held at Jim Wheat's hanger at 7:00 pm. We had about 24 people attend. Steve Sanderson started off the meeting by sharing information about fire extinguishers. It was brought up that in the past that it was voted that all hangers should have a fire extinguishers hung by the front of there hanger. It was also discussed about purchasing two large extinguishers. Steve also brought up safety, "What are we doing right?". More to follow at next meeting on safety. Safety should be everyones number one concern.

Jack Fastnaught went over plans for this years SCBC and all departments reported on progress made. It was requested that anyone that has a golf cart should check with Ray Ackerman for people transport duty.

Jim Franklin "FAA" talked about older aircraft maintenance issues and LSA.


Reported by: Don Cook

Monday, April 21, 2008

A Word of Appreciation



Hello neighbors,

For all of us that live on the run-way side, we have watched Hal Clark work many, many hours on the grounds around the gazebo. I think everyone will agree that he has done a fantastic job!! It will be very impressive to our guests on May 18Th.

From all of us, Hal, thank you so much for your hard work! It is truly appreciated . The gazebo looks great.

Beth Bridgers

Friday, April 18, 2008

Whiteplains Pilots Meeting

Pilot's Meeting: Monday - April 21, 2008

Place: Jim Wheat's Hangar

Time: 7:00 PM

Special Pilot's Association Meeting to discuss final planning for the Breakfast Club Fly-in.

Please be there and participate.

Regards,

Jim Wheat

Whiteplains own Sun-N-Fun "SCBC"

WHITEPLAINS PROPERTY OWNERS

MAY 18 IS OUR DAY TO SHOW OFF WHITEPLAINS. IT'S OUR PARADE SO LET'S DO IT TOGETHER. WE WILL HAVE A FLY MARKET, AIRCRAFT PARKING, AUTO PARKING AND GOOD OLD FASHION COOKING. STEAK AND EGGS WITH FRENCH FRIES, GRITS AND ROLLS. BREAKFAST FIT FOR ALL SCBC ATTENDEES.THIS IS THE BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR FOR WHITEPLAINS!NO ONE HERE WOULD WANT TO MISS OUT ON
F.F.F. FLYING, FOOD, FUN AS LEE WOULD SAY, THIS COULD BE A PPP DAY.

CONTACT:
RAY HILL
RAY ACKER
MANDENNIS PERRY
JIM WHEAT
DEBBIE FROESE

AND GET INVOLVED!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

AOPA Wings Program

AOPA is having a free seminar in Hickory, NC on April 19, 2008 from 2:30-4:20 PM at the Hickory Regional Airport (HKY).








Why go to a Safety Seminar? One good reason, is AOPA's Accident Forgiveness and Deductivle Waiver Program. www.asf.org/accidentforgiveness











For more info go to: http://www.faasafety.gov/