View of Whiteplains Plantation

View of Whiteplains Plantation
Over Head View

Monday, December 31, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tree Cutting report RWY 9

Whiteplains Neighbors,

Please join me in expressing our congratulations and gratitude to Jeff Cargile and Ray Ackerman for their good work in securing the agreement to clear the trees at the end of runway 27.  Jeff and Ray worked quietly and efficiently behind the scenes for many weeks to complete this transaction, and we appreciate their efforts.

Everyone, but especially those of us with the modestly powered planes, will enjoy this improvement; as the continuing view of trees during our runway 27 takeoff roll was always very interesting.  (unlike Jeff’s Husky…… which climbs straight up!)

For those neighbors who have pledged their support of the purchase, clearing and seeding, our sincere thanks.  Many of you have given us your donations already, but if you have not yet delivered your check, please either see me or your nearest local friendly Board member, Messrs.  Cargile, Crimm, Bonacum, Ramsey or Rainwater.

Thanks again, Jeff and Ray for a job well done!

Best regards……………..steve sanderson

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Bird Strike - 12-15-2012

Flew back from FDW this morning (Thanks for the ride Jeff!!!) where I picked up N9998A with it’s sparkling new comm panel and a new transponder installed :)

I encountered a flock of crows. The results are depicted below.

6 or more HUGE Crows plus N9998A + 100knots + Pilot with severely constricted sphincter = HUGE Dent


Photo by: Bo

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A new NASA-funded prototype system developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) of Boulder, Colo., is providing weather forecasts that can help pilots avoid major storms as they travel over remote ocean regions. The eight-hour forecasts of potentially dangerous atmospheric conditions are designed for pilots, air traffic controllers and others involved in transoceanic flights.
The NCAR-based system combines satellite data and computer weather models to produce maps of storms over much of the world’s oceans. The system is based on products that NCAR has developed to alert pilots and air traffic controllers about storms and related hazards, such as turbulence and lightning, over the continental United States. Development of the forecasts was spurred in part by the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447, which encountered a complex of thunderstorms over the Atlantic Ocean, officials note.
For full report: Click HERE!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education

Have you seen the new FAA Safety Briefing?

Notice Number: NOTC4474

   Have you checked out the latest issue of FAA Safety Briefing? In addition to several internationally-themed feature stories, the issue’s departments also offer a wealth of helpful general aviation news and information. 
   In line with the issue’s focus on global topics, the Checklist department (p 27) explores the International Flight Information Manual - an important reference tool for those considering a flight beyond our borders; Jumpseat (p1) covers the importance of embracing Safety Management Systems (SMS) as “a means to think globally and act locally”; and FAA Faces (p 33) profiles Christopher Barks, manager of the FAA Office of International Affairs Western Hemisphere team. 
   Of interest to aircraft mechanics is this issue’s Nuts, Bolts, and Electrons department (p 28) which stresses the importance of purchasing and using certified parts.

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Monday, December 03, 2012

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education

Pilot Safety Tip – Student or Inexperienced Pilot
Notice Number: NOTC4471
A student pilot landed at a busy international airport and was cleared by ground control to taxi to the ramp.  Instead, he taxied back onto the runway where another aircraft had been cleared to takeoff.  The student pilot did not have a diagram of the airport, and claimed to have been distracted by other cockpit duties when he followed the “wrong yellow taxi line.”

Unfamiliar airports can seem like a jungle even to the most experienced pilot.  The leading causes of runway incursions by low-time GA pilots are inadequate knowledge or experience with ATC procedures and inadequate experience operating at the airport layout.

All pilots, but especially Student Pilots and low-time pilots, should carefully review the meaning of ATC instructions.  Don’t ever proceed to enter or cross a runway unless you are cleared for takeoff, instructed to line up and wait, or told to cross the runway.  Controllers do not have to issue hold short instructions in every instance – so don’t assume that because you did not hear “hold short” that you can cross the hold line.  And if you have any questions – stop your aircraft and ask.

As a Student Pilot, you should always have an airport diagram available for every airport you plan to visit during your flight.  Another way student and inexperienced pilots can work to prevent causing a runway incursion is to brush up on your understanding of what the airport signs and markings mean before you fly.  The FAA Runway Safety web site is a great source of information that should be used to refresh your understanding of the signs and markings you will see at the airports you fly in and out of.

One of the most common sayings in aviation is that your pilot certificate is a license to learn.  If you are a student pilot – or a low-time pilot - consider identifying yourself as a “student pilot”, or your need for assistance to ATC.  When you are taxiing your aircraft, keep looking around.  There is always something you might miss, and remember, you are always a student while flying.
For more information:

Charlie Riordan, Pilot Analyst
Supporting Western Service Area
Runway Safety Group
ATO Office of Safety & Technical Training
Federal Aviation Administration
(425) 917-6742

Interesting Web Page - Planes

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Plane old and new info

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Low Pass

Video by: Don Cook 12-02-2012

This morning we had a low pass by an unknown small yellow plane.  

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Mystery Plane Arrives At Whiteplains

Our very own Whiteplains Cub reporter, Steve Sanderson, was able to snap some pictures of a mystery plane being unloaded at Mike Moore's hangar.

Steve reports: All I know is that Mike, Ed Fisher and Dave Crone drove somewhere in NC on Thursday, took the plane apart, and brought it back on a trailer yesterday. I think it is a Aeronca Champ but I am not even sure about that. For the moment it lives in Mike’s house hangar.