Web cams help fight the fog

Three of the cameras at Garberville Airport.

What do you get when you combine a group of enthusiastic pilots, web technology experts, and some of the foggiest weather on the planet? If you live in Humboldt County on the north coast of California, you get web cameras at six airports to help with weather observation.

Humboldt County, located some 200 miles north of San Francisco, is known for its rugged coastline, potent marijuana, a state university, fishing and timber industries, and for the diversity of its weather. It is not unusual for the northern end of the county to be under hard IFR, while the southern end is CAVU. [Read more…]

Last flight of a seaplane legend

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Pulling up to his ramp in back of a Piper two summers ago, the front-seater asked if the energetic kid who had raced up to pull the floats onto the slippery wood could be trusted around the prop. That “kid” was 92-year-old Bill Brooks, looking and acting youthful as a seaplaner.

I convinced the pilot his seaplane was in good hands. Although Bill’s trouble in renewing his medical certificate forced him from the cockpit of his Beaver and Cessna 206 in his early 90s, he still showed up for work everyday with his faithful dock-dog at his side. [Read more…]