Archive for April, 2012
TEMPORARY RUNWAY CLOSURE FOR
CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY AT THE
SAN CARLOS AIRPORT
The San Carlos Airport runway and taxiways will be temporarily closed to all flight operations, for the emergency repair of South Bayside System Authority’s (SBSA) sewer line that runs under the west side of the airport, during the periods shown below:
Friday night, April 27th, 2012 at 9:00 PM Local
and will remain closed through
Saturday morning, April 28th, 2012 at 6:00 AM Local
Saturday night, April 28th, 2012 at 9:00 PM local
and will remain closed through
Sunday morning, April 29th, 2012 at 6:00 AM local
PLEASE NOTE – The dates and times of the runway closure period listed above are subject to modification or cancellation due to weather or other scheduling issues. Additional closures are likely to occur as SBSA continues to repair their sewer line. Dates and times of any future closures will be provided as soon as that information becomes available. Please contact the San Carlos Airport Office at (650) 573-3700 if you have any questions. Pilots should verify all airport closure information by obtaining officially disseminated FAA NOTAMs prior to flight.
From SCAPA member Ettore Leale: The San Carlos airport community is invited to attend The Harvard Club of San Francisco’s May 1st event featuring Einar Enevoldson of The Perlan Project.
The Perlan Project http://perlanproject.org is dedicated to building and flying a manned research glider to 90,000 feet in altitude, or “near space”, to study what role the strong stratospheric winds called the “polar vortex,” play in ozone depletion and how they influence global weather patterns. The Perlan Project has a three-part mission of science, engineering, and education. The scientific objective is to fly and record data in the stratospheric mountain lee waves. These wind waves play a dominating role in ozone depletion. These giant mountain waves, as they break and tumble, cause air mixing in the upper stratosphere that impact global weather patterns.
The engineering challenge is to build an aircraft that will fly in a virtual vacuum of only 3% of the sea-level atmospheric pressure; the experience in designing and flying the Perlan aircraft will be useful to scientists designing a future airplane to fly on Mars where conditions are similar. The educational opportunity is to inspire young people to seek careers in math, science, engineering and aviation through educational partnerships with schools across the country.
Einar is a lifelong glider pilot, former jet fighter pilot in the USAF, and exchange officer with the Royal Air Force where he attended the Empire Test Pilot’s School in Farnborough, England. Following graduation, he served as a test pilot on the Hunter, Lightning and Javelin British fighter aircraft from 1966 to 1967. From 1968 until 1986 Einar was a NASA research pilot at the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California.
Among the many planes he flew for NASA were the YF-12A (Interceptor version of the SR-71), the oblique wing AD-1, Controlled Deep Stall Sailplane and the X-24B Lifting Body. He was twice awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. In 1992 Einar first envisioned the Perlan Project when a LIDAR image of a stratospheric mountain wave, at 75,000 feet above Northern Scandinavia was first shown in Germany. Einar believed that such mountain waves could be used to fly a sailplane to astonishing heights.
Einar and Steve Fossett proved this concept when they set a world record altitude for gliders of 50,671 feet on August 30, 2006 in the Perlan I glider, in stratospheric mountains waves generated by Polar Vortex winds over el Calafate in the Argentine Andes.
The event is open to the public, with an admission charge of $15 for non-HCSF members. Please advertise this event to airport community.
See event details at: http://www.harvardclubsf.org/article.html?aid=430
Note: the Harvard Club is located at 275 Battery Street, 25th Floor, in San Francisco. There is an admission charge of $15 for non-HCSF members.
Annual General Membership Meeting
Wed. April 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Hiller Museum
Please join us at the next SCAPA General Membership Meeting on Wed. April 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Hiller Museum. We are very pleased to announce that Ed Rosiak, President of the California Pilots Association will discuss Airports 101, the three-tier model for protecting our airports. Other speakers may be added to the agenda.
The Acting Airports Manager will update us on issues at the airport and we will deal with several business items including the election of Board members.
For any last minute updates about the meeting, visit http://www.sancarlosairport.org
Please join us!
A combined EAA Chapter 639 and Half Moon Bay Pilots Association Meeting will be held on Wed. April 11th at 7:00pm at the 3 Zero Cafe. (As always, 2nd Wed. of each month at 7:00pm).
We will use the meeting to plan and prepare for Dream Machines on April 28th and April 29th. Please come and help us get ready for the BIG event. We still need more volunteers to work Dream Machines so tell your friends.
Also note: Take a look at the EAA 639 HMB Pilots website at
As noted on the web site we have programs planned for our May 9th meeting (presentation by Col. Yates re Pillar Point Air Force Antenna) and our June 13th meeting (presentation by re Marine Sanctuary).
The Half Moon Bay Pilots Association is recruiting for aviation knowledgeable volunteers for Dream Machines on April 28 and 29. Their most pressing need is
people to assist in ground control of visiting aircraft. This actually is both fun and interesting and comes with a free lunch and free entry. One or both days are available. We hope to provide volunteers with ample breaks for them to see the show.
Contact Brent Gammon
gammon25 at yahoo.com