Archive for June, 2012
Synopsis: Flyabout tells the autobiographical story of Monika Petrillo’s journey piloting a small single-engine airplane around the continent of Australia. Her father, a pilot with limited experience himself, is riding shotgun. As the only woman pilot in a group of eleven people, Monika sets out to experience the true freedom of flight above one of the most untouched places on earth. The idea of the Walkabout, a spiritual journey Aborigines have valued for thousands of years, further inspires her to seek an elusive spiritual experience herself. However, a tight schedule, mechanical failures, sudden loss of visibility and unpredictable crosswinds keep her both too busy and too uptight. But what impacts her most is the unexpected conflict that arises between her father and herself.
Director: Monika Petrillo | Producer: Monika Petrillo
Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 2006 | Story Teller’s Country: U.S.
Tags: Australia, Oceania, Relationships, Culture, Harmony, Disharmony
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Runway and Taxiway Closures
The San Carlos Airport will be temporarily closed to all flight operations during the dates and times shown below as a result of the Vertical Challenge Helicopter Event:
NO FLIGHT OPERATIONS
Friday, June 15th from 3pm until 4pm
Friday, June 15th from 8pm until 8:50pm
Saturday, June 16th from 10am until 4pm
Sunday, June 17th from 9am until 10am
The FAA will be restricting all access to the entire east side hangar areas including Bravo, Hotel, Sierra, Twin & Transient tiedown aprons during the runway closure periods during all air show activities.
Please contact the Hiller Museum or Airport Office for more information. Dates and times are subject to change. Pilots should obtain official FAA NOTAM’s prior to flight.
Attendance is limited to the first 200 people to RSVP. Please reserve your seat by clicking here and filling out the form.
What: Learn about the future of AVGAS
Where: Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos, CA
When: Friday, June 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Special Guest: Lars Hjelmberg, Founder and CEO of Hjelmco Oil
Supporters: Hiller Aviation Museum, Rabbit Aviation Services, Business Association of San Carlos Airport, and the FAA Safety Team (FAAst Team)
The fuel currently used in piston-powered aircraft, 100LL (low lead) AvGas, is the last leaded fuel in production. For years, environmental protection agencies worldwide have been working with refiners and other regulatory agencies to develop an un-leaded replacement for 100LL.
100LL AvGas is a federally regulated fuel product that must meet very specific ASTM standards to comply with airframe and engine manufacturer specifications. The fuel is special, requiring special handling which most refiners and distributors refuse to deal with and as a result, there are very few AvGas manufactures. 100LL AvGas is also used across a very wide spectrum of aircraft/engine types – from low-powered to high-performance aircraft that operate at high altitudes under very demanding conditions. Therefore, the development of a replacement unleaded fuel has been problematic from a technical perspective.
Tetraethyl-lead (TEL) used in 100LL AvGas acts as an octane booster to prevent engine detonation and pre-ignition. It also provides improved heat transfer for valve seats and piston rings. Due to the relatively small demand for AvGas, the TEL used in the AvGas has a very limited production.
There has been a lot of news recently about unleaded alternatives to 100LL, including a UL 91, which is being pushed by Lycoming Engines and TOTAL in Europe (see this news story – http://www.aopa.org/aircraft/articles/2012/120419lycoming-eu-bless-ul-91.html), 94UL, which is being pushed by Continental, a new 100UL being developed by a startup called Swift Fuel, and G100UL being developed by GAMI.
Additionally, recent national publications like Bloomberg have highlighted the potential health risks of leaded aviation gasoline. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&refer=&sid=aCfotEYJYr3Y
Lead emissions from piston-engine aircraft and leaded aviation gasoline are Federally-regulated. EPA received a petition to determine whether lead emissions from piston-engine aircraft endanger human health and the environment. The EPA is currently conducting a national-scale analysis of the local impact of lead emissions from piston-engine aircraft. It’s time to understand what the alternatives are to 100LL and where we are in the certification process.
In 1979, a Swedish company called Hjelmco Oil, founded by Lars Hjelmberg, developed an unleaded 80/87 grade AVGAS. In 1991, the company developed a 91/96 grade unleaded AVGAS, which is very close to 100 octane. Continental, Lycoming, Rotax, and radial engine manufacturer Kalisz have all cleared the Hjelmco AVGAS 91/96 UL for use in many of their engines. The fuel has been widely used throughout Sweden for decades and millions of flight hours, including by the Swedish Air Force, and is the preferred fuel for general aviation there.
We are honored to have Lars Hjelmberg join us on June 29th at 10:00 AM at the Hiller Aviation Museum for a town hall seminar about the development of unleaded aviation fuel and to conduct a comprehensive question and answer session. This is an event you won’t want to miss if you are interested in the future of aviation gasoline.
Refreshments will be provided.
During the Presidential TFR on May 24, 2012, Acting Airports Manager Jim Wadleigh and staff organized a Foreign Object Debris walk at San Carlos Airport. SCAPA thanks all participants including Hans Plesman from San Carlos Aviation and Supply who provided four dozen Krispy Kreme donuts.
thanks to Chris St. Peter for the photos