This weekend it was time to do the Alton Bay (B18) ice runway again.
Alton Bay is the only FAA designated iceport in the USA, it is located
on the surface of the southern tip of Lake Winnipesaukee,
21.4nm to the northeast of Concord, New Hampshire. Last year due
to a weird mix of snow, rain and cold weather they were never able to get
a smooth surface so the ice runway didn't open, this year has been very
mild, with very little snow so much of Lake Winnipesaukee hasn't even frozen
over this year, which is very unusual.
Fortunately a week or so ago, there
was some good news that the ice runway was open as the ice was thick enough
at about a foot (30cm) and strong enough to take landing planes. Earlier
this year I had promised to take a friend flying as a birthday present,
so what could be more unique than taking them to an ice runway. First
I flew down to Minute Man airfield in Stow, Massachusetts
to pick him up, and then we flew up to Alton Bay. This also gave
me the opportunity to have someone get out of the plane with one of my
cameras, let me take off again and have them record my landing. This
enabled me to create the following videos where you can see the landing
from both inside and outside, which is the first time I've been able to
combine the two. My brother in the UK grabbed a photo of the plane
in the parking area from a webcam.
After some low level flying around Lake
Winnipesaukee and buzzing a few brave (maybe stupid) ice fisherman, headed
back to Minute Man, where we grabbed something to eat at Nancy's Airfield
Cafe. After grabbing a burger I headed back to Portsmouth,
at this point it was now night flying, and clouds had started to form.
I'd planned to fly back to Portsmouth at 3500 feet, but I discovered it
was snowing at that altitude so I took the plane back down to 3000 feet.
It has to be said, flying in snow with the landing light on at night,
is much like the effect you see in Sci Fi programs where someone jumps
into light speed, if you're not sure of that effect think of the Windows
screensaver where the stars are flying towards you.
Here are a collection of some of the
videos of me landing this weekend, and also some photos.
The same video, but with Picture-in-Picture
A video that I happened to find on YouTube
of my first landing.
Another one speaking at IamLUG
Tue, Apr 30th 2013 8:50a Carl Tyler Like many others I will be in St. Louis
next week, speaking at IamLUG, and Epilio
are sponsoring the Monday night drinks. I decided not to do any really
tough presentations on Sametime, but am instead doing an updated version
of a presentation I first did at UKLUG "25 Years of Lotus and Still
Going Strong" which contains lots of demos of old Lotus products.
As usual, I'll probably have some old freebies to give away.
If you've not already registered yourself,
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Fat man walking...all for a good cause.
Mon, Feb 11th 2013 1:40p Carl Tyler It's time for you to reach into your pockets
and sponsor me. Perhaps you've used our free plug-ins, perhaps you've
used our free Sametime admin tools, it's time to pay up. Now it's
not like that crazy sponsorship thing where all I had to do was shave my
head and paint my face blue, this one actually involves some serious preparation
and training. We managed to raise close to $3,000 dollars for the head
shave, so really hoping people will delve deep for this effort to smash
that amo [read] Keywords: admin
A slightly different review of 2012
Wed, Jan 2nd 2013 10:10a Carl Tyler Sure, I could blog about how my blog posts
are down, but Facebook posts are up, but who cares about that, here it
is, all my 2012 flying videos in chronological order...
from Alton Bay Ice Runway (B18) from Carl
Tyler on Vimeo.
departing Oswego, NY from Carl
Tyler on Vimeo.
- May 2012 from Carl
Tyler on Vimeo.
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A word of warning to those thinking of leaving IBM
Mon, Dec 10th 2012 9:00a Carl Tyler Late on Friday night I got a call from
a distraught friend, their daughter had been playing with their mobile
phone, and whilst the child was playing with the phone, the device had
prompted for a password, after their 5th attempt at entering a password
the device reset itself to Factory settings. So what had happened?
Well about 3 months ago this person
was let got by IBM, prior to that, they had been using their own iPhone
as their business phone, you know all that we're so tight s [read] Keywords: ibm
Add some Bling to Sametime on your iOS device.
Mon, Oct 8th 2012 11:40a Carl Tyler Use Sametime on your iOS device? Want
to add some bling to your messages?
No problem, just install Emoji as an
additional keyboard and you can send messages that contain all sorts of
coloured emoticons. If the person on the receiving end is using a
Windows device, they'll see them as black and white Emoji (Windows doesn't
have coloured fonts), Mac devices will see the full colour. Why do
this instead of using emoticons? Well with these you're not sending jpgs
around your organi [read] Keywords: sametime