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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C-130J Paris 2011 demonstration, 4 cameras

Another great link from Frank Bush.  Top flight pilot and awesome aircraft.  Great camera and audio work as well.  The YouTube comments are also interesting.


Message to Rod Hightower, President of the EAA

Let me introduce Band of Skulls.  You ask... "What does Band of Skulls" have to do with flying?  Well for one thing they are the music for the 2010 Ford Mustang.

And we all know how important Ford is to EAA.  In 2010 Ford sponsored the band Chicago on their stage.  We all know the EAA has stats that say EAA members average over 50 years old.  The boys from Chicago sure are.  And, with all due respect, I have to admit they sounded old too.  It was too hot and too crowded to endue a Vegas lounge act, so the girl and I took off.  This year it was REO Speedwagon.  Yawn. If we want young people to be interested in us, we might want to do something that will actually hold their attention.  Even in a hot crowd. 

I saw Band of Skulls live in San Francisco last year and they did a blistering, creative and brilliant performance that left the audience, and me in shock.  Their first album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey is a beautiful bit of work and well worth your $9.99 iTunes price tag.  Just read a few of the hundreds of five star reviews and you will get the message.  This 58 year old EAA member recommends that Mr. Rod Hightower consider something really special... Band of Skulls at AirVenture 2012!



We get mail

This hanging man is Dr. Doug Pleatman.  He goes by "Doc Doug".  He works one week a month at the Garberville medical facility, Jerald Phelps Hospital.  He told me he has made 2,500 parachute jumps, or was it 3,500.  Anyway, he apparently really likes to jump out of perfectly fine aircraft.  I have no doubt he would love the Jet Man pack in the prior story.

He flies his own airplane (below) into Garberville Airport when possible.

He sent the following letter through our website.

I travel to the Garberville airport (O16) once a month for work at the community hospital.  Driving time from my home to Garberville is 5 hours but flight time is 1.5 hours, making flying to work greatly preferable.  I use multiple sources for weather information and became aware of the webcam at O16 shortly after installation and regularly add this information to my weather updates.

A couple months ago I experienced equipment failure in my aircraft (a Comanche 250) that, under different conditions, may have caused me to abort my flight to O16.  About 20 minutes into the flight I noticed severe aberrancy in my attitude indicator and my vacuum gauge showed failure of the vacuum pump.  My directional gyro is actually a horizontal situation indicator (HSI) and electric, so no failure there.  Garberville airport does not have an instrument approach and the idea of a possible instrument approach to Eureka or Arcata with no attitude indicator did not seem like a good idea (when was the last time I practiced partial panel skills anyway?).  On the other hand I had watched the O16 weather cam several times prior to departure and the airport environment was severe clear.  Because I am comfortable flying my PA24 and since my attitude indicator does not create lift or speed I pressed on with little worry—except maybe the cost for a new vacuum pump.

I find the webcams at Garberville invaluable for flight planning and now include a look for webcams wherever I go.  Check out Weather Underground—www.wunderground.com, open the top tab “Photos and Video”, click on “Webcams”.  Then on the right side of the page that comes up click on a state and scroll down to the many cities that have webcam pictures.  Wow!  I love being able to pull up a METAR/TAF on DUAT.  And visual weather is a great addition to include in my preflight planning.  A verbal weather briefing still has a lot of value for me and talking with another aviator/aviatrix that has local knowledge of an area can be invaluable.

I have also informed Emergency Medical Services about this user friendly interface with weather—not just at Garberville Airport, but other airports in Humboldt County as well.  Kudos to the volunteers at EAA/Lost Coast Aviators for the great job they’re doing to make aviation safer in Humboldt County.


Great video submitted by Frank Bush

EAA1418 member, home-builder (RV-9) and retired Naval Aviator, Frank Bush has a great eye for good flying action.  This video is no exception.  Remember, we love it when our members submit links to great aviation links, so please send in anything you find interesting and we will post it.  Thanks Frank.


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