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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Friday
May062011

Six Shelter Cove Cams

This is the Surf Cam.

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

http://exploresheltercove.com/cam/lostcoastinn01.jpg

This is the Headlands Cam

Here is the link:

http://exploresheltercove.com/cam/lostcoastinn02.jpg

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.

Thursday
May052011

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.

Saturday
Apr302011

By Popular Demand

All the EAA1418 members who attended our meeting this month know that our President, Lindsay Locke went to the Prom that evening.  We are used to seeing Lindsay as an aviator.  People wondered what she looked like spiffed up for the prom.  After the third request, what the heck.  Here you go.

Mom instructs Lindsay's friend Kali how to strike a models pose.

The feet look good.  Now for the camera.  Lindsay says... "Flying is easier than this!"

When you are building a pink RV-4, you might as well stick with the color scheme.  Lindsay's date for the evening, Jared, cooperated bravely.  Jared is on his way to UC Davis next year.

So here it is.  "The" picture.  All the work paid off.  Jared is tall.  Might explain why he plays basketball so well.  The white knight is Gabe, champion wrestler and student pilot.  Kali was the Home Coming Queen this year.  Looks like she forgot Mom's instructions.

Saturday
Apr232011

The View From Shelter Cove

The installation of the EAA1418 aviation weather cameras at Shelter Cove is just around the corner, planned for the first week of May, as long as the weather co-operates.

The picture below shows the exact location of the North facing camera that will be mounted on the beautiful Inn of the Lost Coast.  The corner post of the balcony shown is part of a beautiful room with hot tub and sauna in the room.  The post has a perfect view from the north end of the runway facing south.  On other posts along that same balcony, will be two additional cameras currently called: The Surf Cam and The Sunset Cam.  All of the rooms at the hotel have stunning ocean views.  The Sunset Cam is pointed nearly due West and will serve as the West View Camera for aviators.

The picture below gives a better view of the stunning coast at Shelter Cove and was taken of the area just below the Inn of the Lost Coast.

Below are three pictures of the home belonging to veterinarian and pilot Roy Smith of Garberville and Shelter Cove.  As you can see, Roy's home is almost un-naturally perfect for mounting aviation weather cams.  The first picture below has a pink arrow that shows the proximity of the airport wind sock to Roy's home.  Of course our cameras will be on the top of the building on a pole so the view is about 30 feet of elevation better than from where this picture was taken.

The picture below shows the exterior staircase going to the very top of the roof.  Having cameras and housings in an environment like Shelter Cove means the housing glass needs to be cleaned.  Wind, rain, sand, salt and seagull poop all demand that having easy access to the cameras is absolutely critical.  Stairs beat ladders hands down.  When Hans and I saw this home for the first time, we celebrated.  The perfect location with the perfect owner.  Meant to be.

I wish the picture below showed the view better, but it does show some of the eastern view from Roy's home.  The three cameras will be facing south, north and most importantly east.  The home is almost at the mid-point of the runway and will provide views of both ends of the runway with the north facing camera including the wind sock in its frame. 

Below is a home belonging to an aviatior named Joe.  His home is the farthest north home on Lower Pacific Drive bordering the airport runway.  It is also an excellent location for aviation weather cameras.  We are hoping Joe and others will consider mounting cameras in the second phase of the Shelter Cove project.  We have also heard from two other home owners, one at the far south end of the Cove and at higher elevation, who are interested in this project.

If you, or someone you know have Internet access and good views, especially if you are at the top of the ridge and can see due east, please send an email to EAA 1418 President Lindsay Locke.

Thursday
Apr142011

What's better than four cameras at Garberville Airport? Answer.................. Six cameras at Shelter Cove Airport!!!

The success at Rohnerville Airport in Fortuna, followed by greater success at Garberville Airport, is being followed by something really special at Shelter Cove.

For those folks who are reading this and don't know, all three of these airports really need cameras.  Remote forested terrain, rugged coasts, and unpredictable weather make Humboldt County incredibly beautiful but challenging for aviators. But, of all three of these airports, Shelter Cove Airport needs (and has needed) weather cameras the most.

People have died in the Cove.  In airplanes.  In helicopters.  In boats.  Swimmers.  Tide pool pickers.  Rescuers.  (Someone has the statistics, send them to us).  Your eyes give you knowledge.  Knowledge is power.  Power to give people options.  To make choices.  To make good decisions.  To enjoy.  To live.

These cameras will be a readily available source of information for the Coast Guard and other agencies that serve and protect us all.  These cameras will also help inform and protect these very same men and women who help us.  And yet these cameras are not funded by, or affiliated with, ANY government agency.  These cameras are here because there are citizens helping themselves and their government do an even better job.  (These days that might be an idea with some traction.)

Sometime in the first week of May, Shelter Cove will have at least six new cameras.  And they will be freely available to the world.  Five of them will be of particular interest to aviators, and one will be of interest to coast lovers everywhere, be they surfers, boaters, divers, tourists or people who just love beauty.

There are people from the Cove and the surrounding communities who are "walking out of the surf" to help us achieve this feat.  The enthusiasm and support has been heartening.

The Shelter Cove Property Owners Association, led by President Mike Caldwell, is paying for all the equipment for the four aviation cameras.

Roy Smith, DVM is a resident of Shelter Cove, and is also our local veterinarian and an avid pilot.  He lives in a home that might as well have been designed to mount aviation cameras.  He has a staircase leading to his "widows peak" roof, where we will place three cameras.  (We'll get a pic of the building soon and you'll see what we mean.)  Roy is a golf-ball's-throw from the wind sock and he is smack dab in the middle of the runway.  His three cameras will look north, south, and most importantly up and east to the cliff and the sky above.  Roy is also absorbing the cost of bandwidth to keep the cameras on-line.

Inn of the Lost Coast owner Mike Caldwell (the same) is paying for the bandwidth costs for an aviation camera that will show the vital southwestern view from the far north end of the runway.  Mike is also personally paying for two cameras that will highlight his stunningly beautiful coast.  One camera will point down to his magnificent seashore and one camera will capture the beautiful view and sunsets due west.  Aviators will love that view.  That camera means all four points of the compass will be visible.

With aviators, fishermen, boaters, sailors, SCUBA divers, swimmers, surfers, hikers, whale watchers, marine biologists, geologists, botanists, teachers, students, tourists and nature lovers all being served by these cameras, Shelter Cove will be just a click away for thousands of people.  Even 10's of thousands.

Soon, the whole world will see Shelter Cove.  Share the beauty.