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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Consultant's Airport Report -- Close Murray Field??

Very negative report on Humboldt County's method of running our local airports.  If I remember right, our club made several of these suggestions without charging a consultant's fee, particularly on creating an airport division separate from the public works division.  See the LoCo article here.

According to LoCo, "The Humboldt  County Airport Advisory Commission will hear from Volare Aviation at a special public meeting on Nov. 9 at 6 p.m., in ACV’s conference room. See here for more details. (Note: Link downloads a PDF document without the pdf extention - I don't know why the County does this.) The Board of Supervisors will presumably hold a session on the report at some yet-to-be-determined date."


Note:  the best map that I found online for Humboldt airports is one that I made several years ago for a GIS/GPS class that I was taking.  Ignore the density altitude info, please.




October 21 Chapter Meeting



Chapter Members,

We will have a meeting this Saturday at noon at Rohnerville.



Balloon Race Slowly at Albuquerque

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is currently in progress.  October 7 thru 15.  For information see their Facebook page.


EAA Webinar

I listened to and watched the slideshow for the Second Annual General Aviation Engine Summit webinar.  It was given by Mike Busch of Savvy Aviation.  Here are some highlights of the five main areas of discussion.

FAA Organizational Change:  Directorates are gone.  The Small Airplane Directorate and the Engine and Propeller Directorate will be Included in the Policy & Innovation Division and the Compliance & Airworthiness Division.   The 78 FSDOs will no longer report to the 7 Regional Offices but will report directly to the Flight Standards Offices.  No more regions but the regional offices will be renamed. 

The electric revolution:  A standard for a simple pure electric motor system and means for compliance for small GA aircraft is near completion.  Hydrid electric propulsion systems will come next.  Then transport.

100LL avgas will be gone within a couple of years:  There is only one supplier of tetraethyl lead worldwide (in the UK).  l67,000 GA aircraft depend on 100LL.  There is an discription in the webinar of the Phase 1 testing that occurred.  Two candidate fuels were selected for Phase 2 testing:  Shell UL100 and Swift UL102.  Phase 2 testing will be completed in early 2018.  Catch 22:  FAA doesn't certify fuels; it certifies engines and aircraft to operate on specified fuels.  Approval of each engine and aircraft is impractical.  New statutory authorization will be required.  The FAA, Congress, and industry are currently working on this.  

FAA study of over 700 GA power-loss accidents (2000-2014):   200-300 power-loss accidents every year; one in five are fatal (about 50/year).  Rate of fatal power-loss accident is more than twice as high for twins than for singles.  Rate of fatal power-loss accidednts is six times higher for experimentals than for certified planes, most accidents occur in Phase 1 flight testing.  Most were caused by fuel problems.  See webinar for breakdown of fuel and component failures.  74% of power-loss accidents caused by pilots and 23% caused by maintenance errors, including 57 overhaul errors, 43 assembly/istallation errors, and 12 repair errors.

Discussion of ADs and AMOCs:  Role of FAA in Continued Operational Safety.  Airworthiness Concern Sheet process. 

You can watch this webinar by clicking this link.



A Carefully Worded Response from Senator Feinstein Re: Privatizing Air Traffic Control

Dear Ms. Bender:


Thank you for writing to express your concerns about proposals to privatize the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) air traffic control system. I appreciate hearing your views and welcome the opportunity to respond.


I believe that the existence of the FAA is critical to ensuring a safe and efficient aerospace system in our country, and I strongly support its mission as a government agency. I support continued funding for the FAA rather than temporary measures, so that safety-critical employees, such as air traffic controllers, are not threatened with the need to work without pay in the event of a lapse in funding.


You may be pleased to know that I voted for the “FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016” (Public Law 114-190), which reauthorizes the FAA through September 30, 2017. President Obama signed the bill into law on July 15, 2016.  Notably, this law deliberately does not privatize our air traffic control system.


Please be assured that I have carefully noted your opposition to privatizing the FAA’s air traffic control system and will be mindful of your concerns should relevant legislation come before me for consideration in the future.  I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind when legislation to reauthorize the FAA comes before me in the 115th Congress.


Once again, thank you for writing. Should you have any other questions or comments, please call my Washington office at (202) 224-3841 or visit my website at feinstein.senate.gov. You can also follow me online at YouTubeFacebook and Twitter, and you can sign up for my email newsletter at feinstein.senate.gov/newsletter.


Sincerely yours,

  Dianne Feinstein
         United States Senator