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Re: Aviation Weather Forecasts

Postby cessna170bdriver » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:15 pm

This one was bigger than my first source estimated. NASA now says it was about 2 yards across and weighed about 2 tons on entry. 8O Fortunately there probably weren’t any remnants over 1-2 ounces in weight.
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Re: Aviation Weather Forecasts

Postby hilltop170 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:49 pm

Hey Miles, where is page 5A? I was hoping to read the rest of the article.
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Re: Aviation Weather Forecasts

Postby cessna170bdriver » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:50 am

I was only giving the highlights, but since you asked:
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Here’s another article, also in yesterday’s paper:
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... and another one today saying that some pieces have been found:
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Re: Aviation Weather Forecasts

Postby gahorn » Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:34 pm

Beware picking up pieces of stuff that fall out of the sky. A lot of what we see burn up at night is junk from satellites and rockets and some of that stuff can be seriously hazardous due to chemical/nuclear contamination. --- Chicken Little
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Re: Aviation Weather Forecasts

Postby hilltop170 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:20 pm

Thanks for posting "the rest of the story".

That was a well written story. Is your house anywhere near the debris field?
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Re: Aviation Weather Forecasts

Postby bsdunek » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:42 pm

We saw the flash and heard the sonic boom too. I first thought it was a rare winter thunderstorm. Didn't find out till the next day. Our local newspaper has an article about people looking for remains. A couple have found some, so they did get to the ground.
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Re: Aviation Weather Forecasts

Postby bsdunek » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:53 pm

Wow George, that Windy.com site is sure interesting. It will take some time to sort it all out though. Gives a good overview.
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Re: Aviation Weather Forecasts

Postby gahorn » Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:19 am

I appreciate the recognition of introduction to the windy.com site....but to be honest.... I discovered it on Ol' Gar's computer one morning about 4 AM. He'd fallen "asleep at the wheel" and gone to bed with it still open...apparently confused as to what it was.... so I explored it bit and found it interesting.

Don't bother tryin' to explain it to him... He still gets his weather information from a rock in the yard.

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Re: Aviation Weather Forecasts

Postby 170C » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:36 pm

That rock is probably more reliable than most other sources :mrgreen:

Windy appears to be one that looks ahead more than a couple of days. That’s what I was looking for. Thanks
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Re: Aviation Weather Forecasts

Postby cfzxo » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:59 am

The only problem with Windy is it doesn't forecast freezing ground fog. :oops: landed in some last week, didn't look bad from the air, but picked up about 1/2 inch of ice on landing, with most of it taxing off the runway with no forward visibility, lucky there was no go around, Great weather forecast site George and Gary. :D
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Re: Aviation Weather Forecasts

Postby cessna170bdriver » Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:52 am

hilltop170 wrote:Thanks for posting "the rest of the story".

That was a well written story. Is your house anywhere near the debris field?

We are about 8 miles north of the impact area.
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Re: Aviation Weather Forecasts

Postby cessna170bdriver » Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:56 am

cfzxo wrote:The only problem with Windy is it doesn't forecast freezing ground fog. :oops: landed in some last week, didn't look bad from the air, but picked up about 1/2 inch of ice on landing, with most of it taxing off the runway with no forward visibility, lucky there was no go around, Great weather forecast site George and Gary. :D


I only experienced freezing fog once, and thankfully it wasn't in an airplane. I was driving to work down the hill between Tehachapi and Mojave when I noticed the wire antenna on my '97 Saturn doing some WILD gyrations. About a half inch of ice had built up on the leading edge and it was giving a grand demonstration of aerodynamic flutter!
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Re: Aviation Weather Forecasts

Postby gahorn » Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:40 pm

I was ferrying a Hawker from Houston to Ireland and landed for fuel at Gander. It was a clear night and with the runway lights in-sight I reported it to the tower who, instead of clearing us for a "visual"...the tower cleared us for the ILS. Being naturally lazy I hit "APPCH" on the autopilot and let it do it's thing, and mentioned to Adrian Trevis (who was sitting right-seat) "Hey! Ya wanna see how it would do in a zero-zero landing?"

"Sure," he answered. (Adrian was a former RAF pilot who, among other "aeroplanes", had flown the military version of the Hawker, called the "Dominie".)

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We were looking at the entire runway as if through a dirty camera-lens... it looked sorta "fuzzy" but was actually looking like a simple visual-approach on autopilot. I had done this before on a different Hawker on a clear visual approach and was surprised to find that the old Collins AP103 Autopilot would actually level-off as the airplane passes the glide-slope "shack"... making it a simple matter to press the DisConnect button under my thumb and pull the power off for a sweet touchdown. Although the old 1960's era jet / avionics never had auto-land....it was almost as good!
I was curious if other examples of the same autopilot would be adjusted and behave the same way.

About 200' AGL the entire runway disappeared for a moment... then reappeared with a thin-ceiling above it (just as surprised-me was startled into a possible go-around... but saw the runway again and as the 103 levelled off... I disconnected and landed.

We taxied in and found to our surprise we had a quarter to a half-inch of ice on all the leading edges. 8O
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Re: Aviation Weather Forecasts

Postby nippaero » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:42 am

gahorn wrote:Here is one of the most FUN weather websites... experiment with all the features and I'll bet it becomes one of YOUR favorites also!

https://www.windy.com/?32.779,-96.822,5,m:eqTad8B


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Ditto on the Windy.com site. Pretty cool.
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