To My Web Site
site is about airplanes and flying. I initially created the
site to record a journal of my Private Pilot training, but
now its growing with other miscellanous articles related to
aviation and my other interests. Have a look around, have
Update July 20th 2006
the YouTube links of my Hang Gliding videos to the article
on the camera mount and added a link to my weight loss
blog below. Removed link to weather script until its fixed.
have a new Solar Power system just installed and here is a
live feed of its performance.
Lose a Friend to Scientology
About 9 Years ago I lost a good friend to the cult of Scientology.
A guy I had gone to school with, helped get his first job
in California and lived with for 3 years got interested in
Scientology from a guy he met at his work. Not long after
he quit his job in San Jose and moved to San Francisco, for
about a year he stayed in contact. He would tell us about
the cool things he was learning and courses he had taken.
Then he just cut himself of from his friends. He stoped answering
his phone, never returned messages and eventually disappeared
altogether. Since then I've spent some time learning about
grew up in a place call Tramore on the southeast coast of Ireland.
I went to school in the local Christian Brothers and to college
in Waterford Regional Technical College where I studied Electronic
Engineering. I was recruited out of college by a Japanese company
and I worked in Japan for about a year and a half. I was then transferred
to Sacramento, California to work in the US office of the same company.
I spent about 4 years in Sacramento, which is about 3.9 years too
long. It is surely the most boring spot on Earth. I then moved to
a new job in San Jose, right in the heart of Silicon Valley where
I remain to this day.
have worked as a Crazy Golf Keeper, a Sign Painter, a Hotel Porter,
a Barman, a Maintenance Technician and since 1990 as some version
or other of an Electronic Engineer. Today I'm CEO of a hitech Silicon
Valley startup company called NanoNexus.
link to weight loss blog, moved YouTube videos to camera mount
Hang-2 milestone and link to YouTube video.
an article on my '96 Toyota 4Runner
hang glider rack and 2M radio installation.
an article on building a radio
headset & PTT for hang gliding.
an article on how to build
a camera mount for a hang glider.
a footnote to the tail dragger endorsement
now that I actually finish it.
Bay Area DEM
files for download. Added hang-gliding video
on front page. Moved the Wx to a side panel. Fixed some misc
links that had broken and changed my email address.
Micro-Wx - PHP script to deliver basic Wx my Blackberry phone
a write-up of my Commercial Pilot
write-up of my trip to Mojave AIrport for the Launch
real time METAR & TAFs for a quick weather look - METARS
are color coded for flight conditions.
Update History - how's that for recursion and the second tail
dragger journal entry.
first entry of my Tail Dragger Endorsement
training in the journals section.
write-up of my IFR checkride
in the journals section.
Home Page & reorganize content.
a write up of my recent flying trip in the Philippines.
a link to my IFR CFI Max
Trescott's web page and fixed some other broken links.
a page to download DEM files for California.
Prelude to putting a tutorial together for using the 3DEM software
I use for creating maps from my GPS tracks.
Spaceweather.com - A
great site for getting the latest news about what's going on in
local space. Auroras, meteor showers, solar conditions the planets
and the moon.
Today's Space Weather
- Up to the minute data from various satellites that tell you
many key parameters of the local space weather. The site includes
a 3-day forecast of conditions. Fairly technical.
Space Weather Now - Up
to the minute solar weather data - especially almost real time display
of active auroras.
SOHO - Web page
for the SOHO spacecraft which monitors the sun.
Excellent site for satellite tracking. You can enter your coordinates
and it will predict Iridium flares, ISS & Hubble over flights
of your location.
launch schedule - If you live on the Central California
Coast or in the San Francisco Bay Area the you can see many rocket
launches from Vandenberg as long as you know when to look. This
site has the best available times - though many are classified and
not released until just before launch.
Hubble Space Telescope
- Home page for the Hubble with many of its images available
Surveyor - Home page for the Mars mapping mission
- Home page for the Cassini mission to Saturn
USA Aviation Database
for the Magellan 315/315A/320 GPS Receiver - A great person
who maintains a current aviation database for the whole USA, including
airports, VOR's and Fixes for IFR routes. The database can be downloaded
into your Magellan GPS with the DataSend software you purchase from
Magellan (about $40). The Point of Interest data includes the basic
data from the A/FD. These Magellan receivers retail for around $100
so you can get a basic GPS filled with current aviation data very
Bay Area Regional Database
- From the USGS. A lot of free downloadable map data including
10M Digital Elevation Models (DEM) data for the whole bay area.
Also has DRG, DLG & DOQ data available.
California Spatial Information Library
- A lot of mapping data and resources for the Golden State
DEM Data for USA - 1-Degree (Scale 1:250,000) DEM data for
the whole country
Terraserver - A very powerful mapserver page.
Taylor.net - A good links page to many GPS/GIS resources
& GPS - A pretty good links page to maps and GPS resources
Software Links - A good page of links and review of various
commercial and shareware GPS mapping programs.
GPS Drawing - A weird
art site where people can submit tracks they have recorded on theory
GPS as art forms. Basically draw your picture by moving around on
the earths surface recording with your GPS as you go.
Software for your PC
- The coolest free software for GPS mapping. It takes standard
USGS DEM data, reads GPS data from Garmin and Magellan GPS receivers
and allows you to create 3D maps of the data. You can also overlay
DRG maps onto the 3D terrain or overlay bitmaps. This is what I
use for the GPS tracks in my flight log.
GPS Track - A French
Site with a fairly capable GPS mapping program. Works with A3D2002
to create 3D maps.
A3D2002 - Another French
site. Shareware to take GPS tracks from GPS Track or OziExplorer
and create 3D plots of the data (most mapping software just plots
the latitude and longitude not altitude). Ok, but mostly French
GPS Positioner - Shareware
geared for boating. Reads nautical chart data and can connect your
GPS receiver to the chart in real time to show you current position.
TrackMaker - Shareware GPS
GPS Utility - A fairly
good shareware mapping program.
AOPA (Aircraft Owners & Pilots
Association) - Need to be a member to access flight planning.
DUATS (DynCorp) - The official
site to get weather briefings and flight planning information. Need
to be a pilot or student and registered with DynCorp.
Prediction Center) - Starting point for surface weather
ADDS (Aviation Digital
Data Service) - Experimental government site with excellent
tools covering all aspects of aviation weather data.
NOAA (National Weather Service
Aviation Weather Center) - Parent site of ADDS.
- The Weather Channel's aviation weather site.
Pilot Weather Briefing
- Even more aviation weather.
San Jose - Local forecast for San Jose CA.
Aviation - The accuweather aviation section.
SF Gate.com - Excellent
local site for getting forecast of marine layer fog in the Bay Area.