Monday, March 4, 2024

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 Suggested Banner: Free Safety Seminar At Harrisonville


This week’s aviation problem was wind, gusty breezes that challenged piloting and created rough rides for airplanes big and small. But, hey, it’s March, we go through this every year, people, although it’s a little early this time We had to scrub some planned flights, and others got terminated early. Some tolerable air could be found early and late. Remember, this coming weekend marks the pointless change to Daylight Saving Time, so get to bed early Saturday night ‘cause you’ll be getting up the dark on Sunday, losing an hour.


In aviation, we side-step the DST scam by using UTC (Universal Coordinated Time) for flight planning and weather forecasting. All times are shown as Zulu time zone hours, based on Greenwich, England’s meridian of longitude. Thus, if converting Zulu to our local time we need to subtract five hours, for the next eight months, not the six hour conversion we’ve been using..


Traffic in and out of the local airport was, as we said, hampered by strong winds, but several visitors did drop in, mostly a parade of Piper Cherokee Archer trainers, along with a Cessna 172 and a visiting Mooney M20C. Locally, Eric Eastland made several sorties in his Cessna Skyhawk, Jeremie Platt had his Grumman Tiger out, Les Gorden’s Piper Twin Comanche was up, and Roy Conley flew his Grumman Tr2 and a gyrocopter.


Should you be reading this on the web, rather than in print, you’ll have ample time to mark down Wednesday evening, the 6th for an FAA seminar at the Harrisonville airport, starting at 7 p.m. The topic being presented is “Uncontrolled Airport Operations.” Credit will be given toward the Wings award program.


I was reading some Kansas City aviation history the other day, specifically about the North American Aircraft bomber factory at Fairfax airport during World War II. I always knew the plant was built just before Pearl Harbor to make the B-25 Mitchell bomber, but it turns out that it was also under consideration in 1942 for sub-contracting Boeing B-29 Superfortress production, going so far as to build a “high bay” addition before the government changed its mind. And then Lockheed wanted to build its new P-80 jet fighter there, late in the War, but hostilities ended before rushing it into production. In wartime, America could get facilities built in months by cutting all red tape, not the months bureaucrats need to tie up things today.


Our week’s question was about the meaning of EASA certification of airplanes; that stands for European Aviation Safety Agency, Europe’s equivalent of our FAA. Their standards are pretty much modeled on our rules, with some unique changes. For next time, tell us the meaning of “UP” in an airport’s hourly weather report, pertaining to restriction to visibility. You can send your answers to [email protected].


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