Archive for March, 2012

Frederick Tower Update

Friday, March 30th, 2012

The target opening date is May 1st for the Tower.  The Tower frequency will be 132.400, ground frequency will be 121.975, ATIS/AWOS 124.875. The operating hours are scheduled to be 7:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.  – 7 days a week.  After 9 p.m. the airfield reverts back to CTAF operations on frequency 132.400 (not 122.725). All pilot controlled lighting will operate on 132.400 after the Tower closes for the night. For safety purposes, the FBO will continue to monitor the 122.725 frequency for the next (6) months to alert any traffic not operating on the new 132.400 frequency.

Click on the link below for an illustration that indicates the movement area boundaries for the airfield. Blue indicates free movement, before entering the red you must contact the ground controller. The airport management is working on getting the boundary markings painted by May 1st, however if they cannot get this done in time there will be temporary signage at all of the boundary areas.

Movement area boundaries

AOPA will be rescheduling our Towered Operations Seminar for April 24th, probably around 7 p.m. at the FSK Holiday Inn. AOPA will be sending out a formal announcement shortly. The Tower Manager (Todd Johnson), along with all of the new controllers will be attending the event. It will be a great time to meet your new Tower staff.

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US Airways Flight 1549

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Jeppesen honors Sullenberger, FO Jeff Skiles, and the other crew members of US Airways Flt 1549

This is an actual approach chart that Jeppesen made, mounted, and presented as a gift to Capt Sullenberger, FO Jeff Skiles, and the other crew members of US Airways Flt 1549.

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Rare British Motorcycle – Brough

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Brough Motorcycles were made by William E. Brough in Nottingham, England, from 1908 to 1926. Brough motorcycles were flat-tanked motorcycles that used a variety of engines. The first Brough motorcycles had single-cylinder engines but soon William Brough became devoted to the flat-twin engine design.

 Originally William Brough’s son, George Brough, was a partner in his father’s company, but he split from it in 1919 and started his own factory, also in Nottingham. He named his motorcycles “Brough Superior”. Upon hearing the name of the new motorcycle company, his father made the comment, “I suppose that makes mine the Brough Inferior”.

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Fiero Trikes

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

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Enclosed Self Balancing Motorcycle

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

As any avid biker will tell you, motorcycles have a lot of advantages over cars – they use less fuel, accelerate faster, are more maneuverable, can be parked in more places, and don’t incorporate the weight of extra seating for passengers who are non-existent on solo commutes. As many other people will tell you, however, motorcycles also leave their occupants open to the rain and cold, and can potentially tip over and scatter those occupants across the road. That’s where Lit Motors’ C-1 comes into the picture. It’s a proposed fully-enclosed two-passenger electric motorbike that uses an electronically-controlled gyroscopic stabilizing system to stay upright when stopped, or even when struck from the side in an accident.

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Today in Aviation History
March 26, 1966: Jack Schweibold set the current world distance record over a closed course for helicopters by piloting a Hughes YOH-6A 1,739.96 miles at Edwards AFB.