EAA 1418 meets every third Saturday at Noon in the pilots lounge at Rohnerville Airport, Fortuna, California.  Lunch and a beverage are provided for a suggested $5.00 donation to the chapter.  Anyone interested in aviation is welcome to attend.


Humboldt County, California Aviation Webcams

North Coast Aviators, EAA 1418, installs and maintains webcams at our local airports. These cameras show real-time weather conditions and have proved invaluable to aviators, local government agencies, and area residents.

All NorthCoastAviation.com webcams, AWOS, and more 

 Rohnerville Airport

Eureka/Arcata Airport

 Murray Field

Kneeland Airport

 Garberville Airport

Shelter Cove

See NorthCoastAviation.com for all the aviation cams, weather and local links, local highway cams and technical information about this program.


Affiliated with Lost Coast Aviators is the
AVI8CANDO Youth Aviation Program
Rohnerville Airport, CA


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Thursday
Aug272015

Crash Test

A Cessna 172 dropped 100 feet Aug. 26, 2015 at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., in an effort to help search and rescuers save more lives.  NASA’s Search and Rescue Mission Office, based at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, simulated a severe but survivable plane accident to test five emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) on board. Researchers are working to improve ELT systems.
This was the last of three crash tests of three different Cessna 172 aircraft. Each of the three tests simulated different, but common, crash conditions.

Wednesday
Aug262015

Public Health News Release

I realize that this is not airplane related, but . . .

August 26, 2015

CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Bivalve Shellfish Caught in Humboldt or Del Norte Counties

SACRAMENTO - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today advised consumers not to eat recreationally harvested bivalve shellfish (mussels and clams) from Humboldt or Del Norte counties. Only the white meat (adductor muscle) of scallops should be consumed and the viscera (internal organs) should be discarded.


Dangerous levels of domoic acid have been detected in mussel and razor clam samples and may be present in the other species that have not yet been tested. This toxin, also known as Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP), can cause illness or death in humans. No cases of human poisoning from domoic acid are known to have occurred in California.

This health advisory is in addition to the annual mussel quarantine issued May 1. The annual quarantine applies to all species of mussels harvested along the California coast, as well as all bays and estuaries, and will continue through at least October 31.
The July 3, 2015 warning about certain seafood caught in Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara counties remains in effect.

These warnings do not apply to commercially sold clams, mussels, scallops or oysters from approved sources. State law permits only state-certified commercial shellfish harvesters or dealers to sell these products. Shellfish sold by certified harvesters and dealers are subject to frequent mandatory testing to monitor for toxins. Symptoms of domoic acid poisoning can occur within 30 minutes to 24 hours after eating toxic seafood. In mild cases, symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache and dizziness. These symptoms disappear within several days. In severe cases, the victim may experience trouble breathing, confusion, disorientation, cardiovascular instability, seizures, excessive bronchial secretions, permanent loss of short term memory, coma or death.

Wednesday
Aug262015

The Battleship

From Bob Smith: 

Not only is the picture awesome but so are the statistics!

 
During the 3-1/2 years of World War 2 that started with
The Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941
And ended with the Surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945,
 
"We the People of the U.S.A."  produced the following: 
22 aircraft carriers, 
8 battleships, 
48 cruisers, 
349 destroyers, 
420 destroyer escorts, 
203 submarines, 
34 million tons of merchant ships, 
100,000 fighter aircraft, 
98,000 bombers, 
24,000 transport aircraft, 
58,000 training aircraft, 
93,000 tanks, 
257,000 artillery pieces, 
105,000 mortars, 
3,000,000 machine guns, and 
2,500,000 military trucks.
We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services,
Invaded Africa, invaded Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the
Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific
And Europe, developed the atomic bomb, and ultimately conquered
Japan and Germany.
 
Tuesday
Aug252015

Mountain Weather

Mountain weather can be a challenge for any pilot, especially those without a lot of experience. The Colorado Pilots Association has these weather minimums recommendations for inexperienced pilots.

-- Maximum Winds aloft at 9,000 and 12,000 feet less than 25 knots. Above 25 knots turbulence,
updrafts, and downdrafts may exceed aircraft limitations.

-- Ceiling at least 2,000 feet above all ridges and passes along the route. This will help reduce the
exposure to the most hazardous turbulence in most cases. This should be increased as the wind
speed increases.

-- Visibility of at least 10 miles. Good visibility, well above the basic VFR requirements, is needed since
you will generally be using pilotage for navigating.  GPS is an excellent tool, but there are times when
picking out a particular pass or valley will need to be done visually. Good visibility is the only way to
be able to do that safely.

-- Be aware of Mountain Waves. During a mountain wave event, there are strong up and down drafts
downwind from the ridges. The downdrafts in even moderate mountain waves exceed 1,000 feet per
minute, making it difficult or impossible to cross the ridge. Rotors are caused by the wind shear and
rotating moment underneath the crest of a mountain wave. The rotors will cause severe or greater turbulence and must be avoided.

From FAA Aviation Safety bulletin on Mountain Flying (April 2015)

Monday
Aug242015

Angle of Attack Indicators

The Air Safety Institute has a new video out.

The new Icon A5 puts the AOA top center.