Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A small variety of METAR readers

This blog post provides screenshots and links to a few  METAR readers

  • iFlightPlanner METAR Reader
  • www.efalk.org METAR Reader
  • FlightUtilities.com METAR Reader

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 iFlightPlanner METAR Reader

URL: http://www.iflightplanner.com/Resources/MetarTafTranslator.aspx

www.efalk.org METAR Reader

URL: http://www.efalk.org/metar.html


URL: http://www.metarreader.com/

FlightUtilties.com - METAR Reader


Web Service

METAR Web Service
Surface Weather Observation Stations (ASOS/AWOS)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Before you fly your UAV; weather sources and more

Before you fly, you should check flight restrictions, NOTAMs, METARs and other information like specialized weather forecasts.  Also, be sure to be familiar with the appropriate airspace sectionals as well.

Acronym Name Link
TFR Temporary Flight Restrictions tfr.faa.gov
NOTAM Notice to Airmen PilotWeb, FltPlan.com
METAR Meteorological Aerodrome Report Aviation Weather Center
TAF Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts Aviation Weather Center
FB Winds and Temperatures Aloft
Aviation Weather Center
AF Aviation Area Forecast Aviation Weather Center
SIGMET Inflight Weather Advisories (Significant
Meteorological Information)
Aviation Weather Center
AIRMET Airman's Meteorological Information Aviation Weather Center
WST Convective Significant Meteorological
Aviation Weather Center
LAA Local Airport Advisory FAI FSS
n/a Chart Supplements Chart Supplements
n/a Airspace Sectionals
n/a Live ATC LiveATC.net
n/a METAR Specification spec
n/a Weather Brief 1800wxbrief

Friday, October 14, 2016

Petie Gets the Toy

It sure is fascinating how dog's personalities differ.  This is Petie, he is a Shetland Sheepdog.  When you acknowledge him, he sees it as an opportunity to play.  And with an opportunity to play he runs off to find one of his toys.

In this video, his toy is stuck dead center under a chair.  He tried to get it and cannot, but he persists.  What do you think, does Petie eventually get the toy?

I hope you enjoyed this video, if you did, comment below and I'll share more. :)


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Acquiring VFR Sectional Aeronautical Charts

What are VFR Sectional Aeronautical Charts (a.k.a Sectionals)?

Sectionals aid visual navigation of medium to slow speed aircraft. Visual checkpoints used in VFR operations include populated places, drainage patterns, roads, railroads and landmarks.  Information also includes navigation aids, airports, controlled airspace, restricted areas and obstructions.

Sectional Chart

On what websites can I perform flight planning with VFR Sectional charts?

Where can I buy physical VFR Sectional charts?

Where can I get digital VFR Sectional charts?
Where can I get KML/KMZ sectionals?
Where can I get sectional charts via web services?

What are other types of aeronautical charts?

Sunday, October 9, 2016

True Love is Never Forgotten

True Love is Never Forgotten
by Giuseppe Pasquale Liguori

True Love is Never Forgotten
I have never forgotten our love
And I will never forget it until I die
Many years of sorrow have passed
But the wound in my heart has never healed
  Remember the many kisses we exchanged
  Remember all the tears we shed
  The burning kisses and the scalding tears
  That to the depths of the sea have gone

I have not forgotten this love
How could you have forgotten it?
A love that bound us like a chain
A chain that can never be broken
  You still return to me in my dreams at night
  Before my eyes I see you every day
  How many sweet nights we passed together
  How cruel the destiny that has betrayed us.

No peace shall it find in the presence of God
This infamous cruel destiny that betrayed us
Infamous - cruel and heartless
That separated us for all eternity
  What remains is just your picture for remembrance
  I never grow weary of gazing upon it
  I kiss it, I bathe it with my tears, I hold it to my heart
  And weep for the sad ending of our love.

This poem is written by my great-grandfather and is in a free collection on LeanPub, it's also in it's original form in Italian.  These two poems are along side several poems that I wrote myself.  Feel free to download the book for free and enjoy.


Saturday, October 8, 2016

21 Step Trail to the Unmanned Aircraft General – Small (UAG) certification

Let's oversimplify the path needed to study for the Unmanned Aircraft General – Small (UAG) certification.  The familiarization process can be done in twenty steps by reviewing the following guides, regulations, circulars, manuals/handbooks, and safety alerts, and by taking the mock exams.

UAG Certification


Review the Remote Pilot –Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airman Certification Standards.

Review the Remote Pilot Knowledge Test Guide.


Peruse through the Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot and Private Pilot document.

Peruse through the Weight and Balance Handbook.


Review the Remote Pilot - Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Guide


STEP 6-8
Review the following manuals and handbooks

STEP 9-12
Review the following code of federal regulations

STEP 13-15 Review the following advisory circulars 
STEP 16-19
Review the following safety alerts for operators

Perform Sample/Mock Exams

Take the UAG sample exam. And check your answers.

Optionally take three more UAG mock exams, provided by Gliesian, LLC. :)

Sit the UAG Exam

Register for the UAG exam with a Airman Knowledge Testing Center.

Take the exam.  

Good luck.

3x great grandparents - Christopher and Mary Whitehead - from Burley in Wharfedale

Dear Burley Local History Group,

For two years, I haven't been able to break down the brick walls that lie beyond Christopher Whitehead b. 1818 and Mary Whitehead b. 1827, both born within Burley in Wharfedale.

I believe I know their parents names, but do not have hard facts on their parents birthdates, baptisms, deaths, marriages.  Can you guys help me with these discoveries?  Also, what other resources are available that may help me with my research?  Unfortunately, I cannot just stop by as I live on the other side of the ocean. :)  My cousins facebook group is Robert Liguori (A819872) Cousins which you may join.

Christopher's Ancestors

Goal one: Validate and extend Christopher Whitehead's parents information and discover who Christopher's grandparents are.

Christopher Whitehead 1818–1894
BIRTH 13 JUN 1818 • Burley in Wharfedale, Yorkshire, England
DEATH 31 DEC 1894 • Ilkley, Great Britain
my 3rd great-grandfather
Parents William Whitehead ~ 1799?, Mary Mitchell ~1795?

Mary's Ancestors

Goal two: Validate and extend Mary Whitehead's parents information and discover who Mary's grandparents are.

Mary Whitehead 1827–1917
BIRTH 10 MAR 1827 • Burley in Wharfedale, Yorkshire, England
DEATH 19 APR 1917 • Ilkley, Great Britain
my 3rd great-grandmother
Parents: John Whitehead 1802?, Sarah Manners, 1806?

Thanks for the help!
Robert Liguori

Note: I was just given this link: http://www.wharfegen.org.uk/  I hope it helps!  And it seems to be helping... discoveries.

Update: If my data gathering is correct... this appears to be some new family members I have discovered. :)