View of Whiteplains Plantation

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Product test 808 spy camera



Test flight using the 808 Spy Cam that I got from  www.meritline.com . You can get one for $8.99 when it's on sale, plus another $10 bucks for the micro sd card. Be sure to get the class 10 card to prevent frame drops. It takes up to a 8 gb, but the battery only lasts for about 4 gb. (49 mins max out of mine.)  Looks like a car key remote.  The sound is really good except when it is tapped to the tail of a Mooney going 150 mph. Takes 720 X 480 HD video, and 1280 X 960 stills.   On this flight I went just before sunset to Pelion for a gas run.  Gas was $5.25.

Personal hover craft, 0-60 MPH up to 10,000 feet


Williams X-Jet, 1974.  Is this cool or what?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williams_X-Jet 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Will FCC's Political Favor for LightSquared Result in GPS Interference?

Under extremely unusual circumstances, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently granted a company called LightSquared the right to use wireless spectrum to build out a national 4G wireless network LightSquared will get the spectrum for a song, while its competitors have to spend billions.

Read more at:
http://nlpc.org/stories/2011/03/01/will-fccs-political-favor-harbinger-hedge-fund-result-gps-interference

Friday, August 19, 2011

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Airports from the past!

Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields
Check out the link below for some interesting history on old airfields.

Here's a fun site to wander through:  http://www.airfields-freeman.com/

Thanks to Ro Lucas for the link.

Twilight Landing At Los Angeles LAX (Cockpit View) - HD




Twilight Landing At Los Angeles LAX (Cockpit View) - HD

Are you Plane Crazy?


Surgeon and pilot Cathleen Van Buskirk lives the aviator life


Plane crazy. With runway access and a built-in hangar, this doctor takes flight from her Erie home. See how some of the other aviators live. 

http://www.denverpost.com/insideandout/ci_18579963

Submitted by: Steve Sanderson

A few Whiteplains neighbors enjoying the South Carolina Breakfast Club at Metro today. Sadly, none of us brought home the loot!

Submitted by: Steve Sanderson

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Flying Guest Opinion: Transitioning to a Paperless Cockpit | Flying Magazine | The World’s Most Widely Read Aviation Magazine


Until recently, Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) were typically thought of as large computer devices mounted in the cockpits of high-end jets and airliners. They usually relied on a permanent mounting fixture, and needed to be hard-wired into the aircraft’s electrical system. Once installed, these EFBs provided electronic charts, moving map displays and weather in the cockpit. While they could be adapted to general aviation aircraft, the costs usually outweighed the benefits, and they never really gained widespread popularity. During this time consumer electronics manufacturers sold more affordable, tablet-based computers that could be modified to serve as an EFB, but it took a lot of work on the pilot’s end to load software and string around wires in the cockpit.

Click below for full story from Flying Magazine.
Flying Guest Opinion: Transitioning to a Paperless Cockpit | Flying Magazine | The World’s Most Widely Read Aviation Magazine

Use an iPad, Go to Jail | Flying Magazine | The World’s Most Widely Read Aviation Magazine

I really wish people would stop messing with our GPS.
First LightSquared proposed (and the FCC conditionally accepted) a network for terrestrial broadband Internet that would have destroyed GPS navigation throughout the United States. In defense of LightSquared, however, it did say that in order to head off most interference issues, it would be happy to let pilots install elaborate filters in their GPS devices at the pilots' expense, of course to overcome the interference the LightSquared network would cause. That is very thoughtful of LightSquared.

Click on this link for the full story from Flying Magazine.

Use an iPad, Go to Jail | Flying Magazine | The World’s Most Widely Read Aviation Magazine

Monday, August 01, 2011

Scientist Fly World's First "3D Printed" Airplane -- An Unmanned Spy Pla...


One day you just might Print Up your own plane on a 3D printer.

A robot that flies like a bird



Plenty of robots can fly -- but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings.