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Chit-chat / Re: Going where the sun don't shine?
« Last post by groupw on August 17, 2017, 08:54:23 AM »
The smoke has been very capricious. A couple of weeks ago I was able to look directly at the orange ball of the sun here in Portland, and visibility at Hillsboro has been down to 3sm. Took a trip to N California last weekend and the smoke was heavy all the way down to Redding on Thursday but not bad coming back Sunday. In Portland we've had stretches of "unhealthy" air for several days but right now the sky is blue. Depends on the winds at various altitudes.

That "super" AWOS at 0S9 drove me crazy.

"SayWeather" message, we control, short and sweet. Ran into them at Oshkosh.

Yes, WX will be on "Weather Underground'" in a few days.

Super inexpensive, compared to FAA authorized AWOS, and no maintenance costs. But then we are not FAA funded.
Chit-chat / Re: BFI Runway Number Change
« Last post by Dan_Root on August 17, 2017, 08:44:33 AM »
Oops, no PAE, just BFI, my bad.

I wasn't flying when BVS changed the crosswind runway, but was when they changed 10/28 to 11/29.  Took a bit for everyone to get.
Sounds like the "Super AWOS" device we had at Jefferson some years ago, Karl, only better.
Is yours hooked up to provide information online so wx info can be obtained remotely?
Curious what that gizmo cost also.
Flying Techniques & Skills / Re: SeaPlane Question:
« Last post by Dan_Root on August 17, 2017, 08:41:08 AM »
Ah, that explains it.  An ASES is something I'd like to get after an IFR.
Chit-chat / Re: BFI Runway Number Change
« Last post by hotrod180 on August 17, 2017, 08:40:07 AM »
First I've heard of Paine Field changing runway numbers.
Nothing on the internet about it-- when is that taking effect?
Jefferson County changed from 8/26 to 9/27 a number of years ago.
Harvey Field changed a few years ago also, 14/32 to 15/33,
as did Bremerton 1/19 to 2/20.
Interestingly enough, Skagit KBVS changed the numbers on the crosswind runway from 3/21 to 4/22 a number of years ago,
but left the main runway alone. Then a few years later they changed it also, 10/28 to 11/29.

Flying Techniques & Skills / Re: SeaPlane Question:
« Last post by Klaus on August 17, 2017, 08:36:04 AM »
  Landing at night is very similar to glassy water landings; set up a nose up pitch attitude, descend at less than 250 feet/min. and hold a heading for a mile or two until you make contact. During the day you can normally see a boat or log floating across your path at night you just hope for the best.
I've only seen a few, maybe three.
One was indeed converted to Lycoming power.
But a friend of mine owns two and they're both Continental powered.
Flying Techniques & Skills / Re: SeaPlane Question:
« Last post by skywag on August 17, 2017, 07:56:17 AM »
There are no restrictions on operating a seaplane at night.

Proceed at your own risk.
Events & Destinations / Desert Aire Regional (M94), unofficial weather advisories....
« Last post by skywag on August 17, 2017, 07:40:54 AM »
Click 122.80 three times and now you'll get weather advisories, LED runway edge lighting, and the rotating beacon.

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