F-35A demo pilot Capt. Kristin “BEO” Wolfe gives us a very first detailed walkaroud of the F-35A Lightning II fighter used by the US Air Force.
Luciano Nisi (chair), Ryan Grendus, Mark Thibault.
Meeting Called to Order: 19:40 via Zoom online virtual meeting.
Minute of Silence observed for Erissa Yong-Wilson.
SPOT Trace trial in GMA and IUK
It works in GMA. More testing in IUK to be done.
IUK Winch Damaged
Discussed options to improve training to prevent in future incidents.
Parking Near Helicopters
Recent occurence with one of our aircraft was discussed.
Risk homeostasis: Reducing risk does not necessarily reduce accidents
Discussion on concept from Transport Canada article.
Weight & Balance Calculator
Maj. Cody “SHIV” Wilton gives us a guided tour, inside & out, of the awesome A-10 Thunderbolt.
Here’s an in-flight video with “SHIV” at the controls, including footage of the massive 30mm GAU-8/A Avenger gun being fired.
And if you’re looking for more, this details the various design features that make the A-10 so unique.
Some members and hangar tenants at YXX may have noticed the wildflowers growing at the edges of the taxiways around the YXX hangars. They are wild flowers but they are not spontaneous colonists. The YXX Hangar operation operated by our club planted them, along with many others.
Last year at this time, the weather was very dry. The hangar operation had completed the taxiway paving project, and filled in all the edges with new soil. They also bought a supply of wildflower seed, intending to sow it all along the edges. But the weather was just too dry, for too long, so they kept the seed for this year.
Back at the end of March, when the weather was as wet as it still is, Steve Stewart sowed that seed everywhere there was bare soil. Maybe the conditions were not ideal, or maybe the flowers got choked out by the grass and the clover. But recently, Steve confirmed that at least some of the flowers have come up in at least eight places. They are most prominent in that little heap of soil at the south end of our west hangar.
Hopefully they can continue to come up and the mowing crew can carefully avoid cutting them down or driving over them.
Click here for an interesting article on Dimitri Neonakis who is making a name for himself as a skywriter.
An experienced backcountry pilot shares some lessons learned from some of his more challenging landings and takeoffs.
Interesting talk from Mark “Snotty” Bortnem who is the only US Marine F-18 pilot & officer, who has commanded a RCAF squadron in combat operations.
Click here for an interesting article on how these awesome machines work.
Click here for details on this first flight that happened on May 17, 2020.