Total Solar Eclipse 2017

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Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Posted by David Tulis on May 5, 2017 4:25 pm

The Total Solar Eclipse 2017 hangar discussion is a place for aviation enthusiasts to share and gear up for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse that will sweep the U.S. From Oregon to South Carolina, pilots, astronomers, photographers, and school groups will have a unique chance to participate in what many are calling a once-in-a-lifetime event. Send in your ideas and gatherings and let's get the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 party started!
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Posted by David Tulis on May 5, 2017 4:36 pm

I just heard an NPR discussion on the eclipse and there is a movement for citizen astronomers to pool their resources. Here's the link:
http://eclipse2017.nso.edu/citizen-cate/
 

Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Posted by Michael Mendenhall on May 5, 2017 7:05 pm

We are having an Eclipse Viewing Fly-In at the Triple Tree Aerodrome.

​Hereare the details:

SOLAR ECLIPSE FLY-IN AT TRIPLE TREE
AUGUST 20-22, 2017

Ok, you’re tired of doing the same old $100 hamburger run but you’re just itching to fly somewhere new and experience something different. How about a once in a lifetime experience…… at a once in a lifetime place, celebrated with hundreds of your best flying buddies?
Here’s the deal, on August 21, 2017, in the early afternoon, there’s going to be a total eclipse of the sun and Triple Tree will be almost directly under the path of the moon’s shadow! That means that it’s going to be “lights out” for about two and a half minutes during mid-day! Triple Tree will be one of the very best places in the world to experience this incredible event. Ideally, the experts tell us, to best view the eclipse, you need a clear view of the sky. Well, at Triple Tree, everywhere you look is SKY!
We’re going to open the field on Sunday, August 20 at 9:00 a.m. for fly-in arrivals. Our world-class facilities will be open and non- premium camping spots will be available on a  first come-first served basis. Please come prepared with food and drinks. We will have ice and bottled water available. Sunday evening will be a great time to visit and socialize with all of your old and new flying buddies.  We’ll have a bar open at the hangar and it’ll be a great social event! Monday evening, after the eclipse, there will be a barbeque dinner at the main hangar and adult beverages will be available. We may just bring out Tempus Fugit, our fabulous TF-51, for a celebratory fly-by! Departures should be planned before noon on Tuesday, August 22.
So, how much is this going to cost you? We’ve decided that the normal admission and camping fees will be waived. In place of those fees, we’ll be asking for a donation.  The only fixed prices will be for meals and our premium campsites.  Meals and prices are as follows:
Sunday evening -$8- bring your own grilling meat. We’ll provide grills, salad, green beans and drinks.
Monday morning -$12- full breakfast catered by local favorite “A Taste of Home”
Monday lunch - $TBD – Hot dogs and hamburger lunch
Monday evening -$25 Barbeque dinner
Tuesday morning-$12- full breakfast catered by local favorite “A Taste of Home”
The only camping sites that may be reserved are our premium sites (60 amp electrical and water) and we will ask for a minimum donation of $250 for these. Persons reserving these premium sites will be able to bring their recreational vehicles on-site up to two days before the event for setup. On-line reservations will be available soon for these sites at www.tripletreeaerodrome.com. Please note that there is a limited number of premium sites available. Other camping site availability is virtually unlimited.
Remember, Tripe Tree is a 501(c)3 non-profit so your donation may be tax deductible. Every cent donated to Triple Tree ultimately goes directly towards our efforts to “Ignite and Expand the Passion for Aviation” with local schools, scout groups, CAP cadets and others.
We truly hope you will join us at Triple tree for this incredible fly-in experience. We promise, it will “eclipse” any $100 hamburger you’ve ever had!

Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Posted by David Tulis on May 11, 2017 9:08 am

Thank you, Mike! Triple Tree is a very inviting airfield and a great place to view the eclipse for those in the Southeast. If anyone else has an update on additional gatherings please reply here. 

Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Posted by John Alexander on May 22, 2017 1:21 pm

I've put together an aviation centric website for the eclipse in Oregon.
https://eclipse-or.preachain.org

Frankly, pilots face major challenges if they are planning to fly into Oregon for the eclipse.  Planning and flexibility is key for a good experience.

Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Posted by Michael Mcclure on Jun 2, 2017 4:27 pm

I've been making plans to fly during the eclipse since I first heard about it a few months ago. Planning to take either a rental C172 or PA28 from Tallahassee to SC the day before and hope for good weather the day of the eclipse (Monday, August 21). Will soon be conducting rehearsal flights in both aircraft to determine which will provide the best sight picture from the cockpit. This will be especially important and challenging since the sun angle will be approximately 62 degrees at my location in SC at the time of the eclipse (the sun angle will vary from 39 degrees in Oregon to 64 degrees in the southeast). In order to achieve desired sight picture I may need to enter a climb and/or slow flight profile just before the start of the maximum eclipse, being extra attentive to flying the aircraft as it will be dark. Hoping my copilot/wife will get a great eclipse experience, but probably won't be much for anyone in the rear seat to experience. (If only the rental company had an aircraft with a bubble canopy!) Also planning several ground/GPS reference points in case I need to reposition my primary flight area to find an area clear of clouds. In addition to the sun elevation angle, be sure to research what the azimuth/bearing to the sun/moon will be at the time of the eclipse in order to plan your heading and flight track prior to and during the eclipse. I’ve found the following websites to be very helpful for planning: Eclipse2017.org (http://www.eclipse2017.org/), NASA’s Eclipse 2017 website (https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/), American Astronomical Society (https://eclipse.aas.org/), Sun Position Calculator for planning rehearsal flights (http://www.sunposition.info/sunposition/spc/locations.php), Eclipse glasses (https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters) and (http://www.eclipse2017.org/glasses_order.htm)
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Posted by Mark Cassen on Jun 3, 2017 3:34 pm

For those of you in the NW Mountain area, the centerline of the eclipse will pass almost directly over the Driggs airport in Driggs, ID.  Nice place at the Warbird Restraunt in the FBO to grab that $100 Burger, and see the eclipse.  Starts in this area at 10:16am, totally starts 11:34am to 11:36am, and the exlips ends at 12:59am local time on August 21, 2017.

Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Posted by David Tulis on Jun 3, 2017 11:41 pm

Nice work Michael and Mark. I'm impressed with the planning, including azimuth angle and your backup plans, Michael. As far as Driggs goes, it's been awhile, but I was there when I climbed the Grand Teton 'back in the day...' and the scenery is hard to beat!
David t

Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Posted by John Hamilton on Jun 5, 2017 2:43 pm


I just saw that Crista Videriksen Worthy published a nice article on the subject:  https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2017/may/30/the-great-american-eclipse
And AOPA has a resource page to help with planning:  https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2017/2017-solar-eclipse
 

Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Posted by David Tulis on Jun 9, 2017 9:55 am

OK, we have AOPA Hangar pilots planning to view the total solar eclipse from Oregon, Idaho, and South Carolina; how about the nation's midsection? There's a lot going on in the Missouri/Illinois/Kentucky area!

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Posted by Joseph Skibinski on Jun 24, 2017 10:01 am

I found a neat product for viewing the eclipse once I get there. They are the requisite dark lenses and they clip to the visor of a baseball cap. The price even includes a special commemorative baseball cap. The company is called Flip'N Shades. Here's a link to their website: http://www.flipnshades.com/2017-Eclipse-Shades-EC2017.htm