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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Tsunami country

Lost Coast Aviators President Lindsay Locke and Master Technician Hans Koster are visiting Murray Field in Eureka, tomorrow.  (Thurs. 5.12.11)   Lindsay will also be visiting Jack Mc Namara Field Airport in Crescent City, CA tomorrow to reconnoiter the facilities for the potential placement of four EAA1418 Aviation Weather Cams.

Pictures will be taken.  Video will be filmed.  Measuring tapes will be un-rolled.  And hopefully some hob-nobbing and hanger talk with the locals will transpire.

Cal-Ore Life Flight uses both Murray and Mc Namara Fields (among others).  Cal-Ore Life Flight is partially funding the installation of four EAA 1418 Aviation Weather Cams at Murray Field in Eureka, (some time in the next two weeks).  They are also fully funding four cameras at their new hanger at Arcata Airport, (which is actually nearer to McKinleyville.)  Friday's journey to Crescent City is to see if cameras would "work" there too.  Probably.

Yesterday we recieved word that there is interest in Kneeland for cameras at the airport there.  Kneeland is a Humboldt County Airport used by CalFire.  (We all love those folks big time around here.)  So we're going to go and try and make that happen just like we did all the rest.  Our original plan had Kneeland next on the list, so the fact that we were contacted first is a really good sign.

The picture above is from the Cal-Ore Life Flight website.  Two airports and two great organizations who use them.  For saving lives.  For saving trees.  Maybe yours.  Wanna donate?  Send an email to Lindsay.


A nice day for flying

A nice day for flying in Humboldt County.  Here's the proof.


Postcards from the edge...

Livin' on the edge... of California.  Here are handful of pix, all taken today from our cameras and one from Hans' very special cams... you can find if you dig enough.  All this beauty.



Six Shelter Cove Cams

This is the Surf Cam.

Below is the surf cam link.  Copy and paste and send to anyone.


This is the Headlands Cam

Here is the link:


Please be patient.  It will take a bit to build the site for these two special cams and for the Inn of the Lost Coast to link to them.  The new West Cam is on the normal Shelter Cove Cam site.  Three cams went in today.

The two links above are exclusive to a handful of people and the visitors to this site.  You have to hit REFRESH to see updated images.  Once Hans gets everything up and running, refreshing will be automatic like the rest of our cameras.

Shelter Cove is a stunningly beautiful place.  Gray whales are currently migrating north.  Tommy in the coffee house at the Inn of the Lost Coast watches them breach.  Rough job.  It might actually be one of the most beautiful places to have coffee on Earth.  Gorgeous images right through the window while sipping a great mocha.  Truly these are our best cams yet, and as beautiful as they are, they still help aviators, except of course the surf cam.  Don't wanna fly there.

Thank you to Hans.  Thank you to Mike Caldwell and the Inn of the Lost Coast.  Thank you to Dr. Roy Smith, who's existing 3 cams didn't get finished today.  Thank you Garth at Emerald Technologies for making any of today possible.  (No cable, no cameras.)  Thank you to SCPOA, and Roy, and Mike for getting the whole thing going.  Thank you to Joel Mann for making our continuing progress possible.  And of course thank you to all the pilots in Garberville that sparked the whole deal, especially Dennis Lichty.


EAA1418 Aviation "Camera Pointing Rule" Redux

Master Technician Hans Koster, and your webmaster, are not pilots.  Sure, like most people, we have dangled perilously above the Earth in aircraft, the whole time trusting the men and women who held our lives in their hands.  But neither Hans or I have ever had the responsibility of a stick or yoke in our hands.

So when we received "advice", "suggestions" and "constructive criticism" about our aviation camera views we found ourselves in the interesting, and rather thorny dilemma of determining exactly WHO has the "right" and "authority" to decide where exactly the cameras are pointed and what specific information we provide in each installation.  We have also found additional circumstances where input from people not directly associated with the aviation community has been spontaneously forthcoming.  Some of it mean spirited.  Fortunately we have only had a few of these experiences in an otherwise joyful endeavour, but we have had enough of them to want to figure out how to minimize them in the future.

So it is important for people to know that when it comes to deciding the pointing and "settings" of cameras, Hans and I do not decide.  Without exception, every aviation weather camera installed by EAA1418 has been pointed and set by the pilots/contributors themselves, except for installation day where Hans takes his best guess.  Well over half of the EAA1418 membership has participated in camera pointing and setting decisions.  We have not had a single camera that has kept the same view it had on its first day!

This whole project has been about what AVIATORS need and want.  Reliable, TIMELY weather information that gives them an advantage.  (Getting the advantage FREE is nice too.)  But it is only pilots who decide what is best for them.

So we have a rule. Hans and I first considered "rules" weeks ago when we had our first "suggestion" from someone through a third party.   Since then we have had people (just a few mind you) demand or complain about; too high an image resolution, too low a image resolution; too far to the left, too far to the right; too little a view of the ground detail, and too much view of the ground detail.  It is impossible to please everybody.  And we are not trying to please everybody.  Just pilots.  But we don't want to upset anyone either.

So here, without further ado, is the Camera Pointing Rule:

To have a say on the direction and setting of an EAA1418 Aviation Weather Cam you must;

(1) Be a currently licensed pilot.  (Exceptions are for grounded distinguished veteran aviators.  The EAA1418 President gets to decide who qualifies as "distinguished veteran aviator."  Case by case.)

(2) Have contributed at least $100 toward the installation of cameras to which you claim rights to "constructive input".  Your "vote/s" is/are weighted as a percentage of the total cost of installation.  (e.g: on a $1,000 installation, if you put in $100 and 9 others put in $900, you have one vote in 10.  "Ties" are broken by the number of voters who are also current EAA1418 members.)  Pilot/contributors who provide ongoing support also have the right to input in proportion to their ongoing contribution.  (In other words, if you keep supporting the system, you keep getting more input.)

That's it.  Simple.  Fair.  So if you don't meet those two criteria you don't get a vote.  (Yes, we have had contributions from non-pilots who know they do not have formal input but support the project.)

In the event someone has other concerns or suggestions, as in the case of Aviation Weather Cams mounted on homes or privacy related issues, let us know.  We have responded to every inquiry.  We welcome gentle, even affectionate suggestions.  (All others will be sent a link to this journal entry.)  After all, we are gentle, and affectionate dudes.  Not to mention damn good looking.

Master Technician, and North Coast historian, Hans Koster.

Grumpy reluctant webmaster Randal Locke.