This is the help file for several areas of Frank's files but, undoubtedly it'll be of most help with flying-related websites.
It can be read top to bottom, but its sections are linked into the various screens to answer questions as they arise.
The above shot was taken while I was stuck in Camarillo, trying to get my exhaust pipe welded.
The EAA down there was as hospitable as any group I've ever even heard about!
GOES animation setup
The referenced GOES satellite imagery is shown on interactive web pages, meaning you have to
define exactly how you want to view an area. I suggest the following:
- Choose "animate this image" (or else you'll just get the original, still image).
- A box chooses the number of images to use in constructing the animation; by default it'll read 6. You can use this
to adjust for darkness. If you're setting this up 2 hours after sunset, you'll want to set that number to
something like 20 so the start time of the video loop is back in the daylight hours.
- There's another pulldown which lets you superimpose county outlines. I find this useful for planning flights
into northern California.
- If you want to view the whole area in animation, click the large button labeled "animate this image". If you
prefer to see a magnified subset of the original image area, click on the image sort of where you want to study.
- Note that some cloud plumes seem anchored to a spot on the ground. Sometimes these are true clouds forming
with orographic lift over a ridge. Sometimes these are fires.
Condition where the big wing of the Long-EZ (also) stalls. It's difficult to get out of
this state. It's caused by the CG being too far aft.
Pilot Weather Briefing
For each different weather zone, enter city names or zips at the bottom. For each likely
landing site, do the same. Look at forecast and 2 day history.
Yes, the following is a pic of my sister. No, she doesn't fly in anything which doesn't have bathrooms, flight attendants etc.