The Longmont Years: 2009-2011 Breaking the Bloc

In this installment, we pick up in early 2009 after apparent local political burnout – or so I thought.  The previous two years were hectic, to say the least.  Output increased in quantity and quality, both in the written and spoken word.  By the end of ’08 I had gone back to one of my first loves: aviation.  But staying away from local politics was apparently not in the cards. Continue reading

The Longmont Years: 2007-2008 YourHub, LifeBridge, The Bloc, Longmont Advocate, Vote!Longmont, and podcasting

In the previous post, I talked about how we came to end up in Longmont and the beginnings of my (and our, including my wife) various activities there, specifically in the political arena.  This next section only covers 2 years, but insanely busy and active years they were, read on… Continue reading

Crossing the Continental Divide: Hayden/Wolf Creek Passes

One of the more direct and popular ways to cross the Rocky Mountains is over the Wolf Creek Pass.  In this entry about safely crossing the mountains of Colorado, I’ll point out how to accomplish this.  As before, with my previous La Veta Pass entry, I’ll assume the flight is coming from east to west (right to left on the map). Continue reading

Will peak oil mean the end of aviation?

Since I know some of you in Longmont follow the whole “peak oil” situation, on both sides, here’s an article on that subject.
A documentary I recently watched asked the question “Will my grandchildren ever ride in an airplane? It was a gripping question, because the answer might very well be no.”

…rest of article at Examiner.Com

Local meteorologists’ best suited for local weather

An upcoming report due to the FAA about meteorologist consolidation would have an impact on the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) here in Longmont. Along with the Denver Weather Examiner, I did a write up of this situation at my Denver Aviation Examiner site, with a little help from fellow Longmont Advocate contributor Dave Larison.

…rest of the article at Examiner.Com

What type of aircraft (non-sled) would Santa fly?

I’m sure the question of what kind of aircraft Santa Claus would fly has been pondered in hangars for decades.  NORAD tracked Santa again this year, explaining  “the only logical conclusion is that Santa functions within a different time-space continuum than the rest of us do.”

How about an SR71 Blackbird with hovering capabilities? That’s about what comes to mind when sitting around at work on Christmas Eve and Day at an air traffic control (ATC) facility. Continue reading