Astronomy Enthusiasts List Announcement April 2019

All events are free and open to the public. 

Listen to podcasts today on CosmoQuest April 27 from 10 am to 8 pm, especially the Pittsburgh segment at 3:30 pm, where we'll be talking talking about Dark Skies.
The schedule is here, from now until 5 pm.
10:30 AM Andy Poniros The importance of public outreach via media & STEAM (AP)
11:00 AM Mat Kaplan The golden age of space exploration, and the noble effort to share the passion, beauty and joy of space.
11:30 AM Avivah Yamani A random lunch in China.
12:00 PM Nancy Atkinson IYA
12:30 PM Mike Simmons The importance of astronomy in culture, art, education and science, based on Astronomers Without Borders.
1:00 PM Angel Monjarás Interviewing for astronomy
1:30 PM Matt Cheselka Lunar Observatory
2:00 PM Brian Dunning Urban Legends and Myths
2:30 PM Fraser Cain The power of new media
3:00 PM Julio Vanini Role of amateur astronomers in public outreach for developing countries.
3:30 PM Diane Turnshek Dark Skies
4:00 PM Daniela de Paulis Art projects, especially OPTICKS and COGITO in Space
4:30 PM Jeff Setzer Being a voice on the internet.
5:00 PM Ben Pearson Tracking Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster and Starman in Space, and tracking New Horizons heading to
2014 MU69
5:30 PM Susie Murph From podcasting to production.
6:00 PM Allen Versfeld Conversation with my podcast co-hosts, discussing our favourite bad science in film.
6:30 PM Doc Kinne Astronomy: Planetariums, Observatories, and Schools (Oh My!)
7:00 PM The Team 10 years - we made it!

The meeting is today, Saturday, April 27 at 6 at Wagman Observatory (rain or shine), before the AAAP star party tonight at 8:30 pm.

The first drone pilot training for the dark sky mapping is Sunday, April 28, 12-6 pm at CMU (103 Margaret Morrison Hall). We can use all the volunteers we can get. Please consider joining us. We need watchers (2 hours of training) and pilots (6 hours of training and an FAA test). 

Drone Pilot and Watcher Training

·         Training Session: April 28, Sunday, from Noon-6pm. at CMU, MM 103.

o    All ground school training; no drone flying. Instruction by Mike Lincoln.

o    Noon-2pm: Night Flying Watchers FAA exam prep and Pilots taking FAA exam.

o    2-6pm: Pilot Training for Part 107 FAA exam.

·   Study materials available for all participants, at the end of this announcement.

Steve Quick is the guest speaker at the Friday May 10 AAAP meeting at 7:30 at the Carnegie Science Center.

Amateur Astronomer Association of Pittsburgh
As part of a new research study, Carnegie Mellon and the City of Pittsburgh will be using drones to record dark-sky pollution before, during, and after installation of 40,000 new LED streetlights to measure their dark-sky effect. Many cities have already installed these new electronic streetlights because of their great energy and maintenance savings yet have found that not all citizens have been happy with the results. Issues of light coloration and lumen intensity have raised health and circadian rhythm concerns, let alone increased light levels and glare. This research is intended to assist the City with real-time information about how the new fixtures are performing and how they might be controlled for to achieve best-practices for both nighttime visibility and dark-sky concerns. Although the research is in its early phase, this talk will bring you up-to-date with its progress, what’s happening with the City’s streetlight program, and what lies ahead.

The site is up for CMU’s Dark Skies Conference on June 1
where we’ll be screening the new movie, “Saving the Dark,” at 10 am  on June 1
Saving the Dark is a documentary on the need to preserve night skies and ways to combat light pollution. Being passionate about astronomy and the night skies, Sriram Murali, the director of the film, took it upon himself to raise awareness on light pollution through videos and films. Sriram volunteers for the International Dark-sky Association and made this film in collaboration with the IDA.
The afternoon will be filled with panels and talks by experts until 4 pm

Join us for the drone pilot training Sunday, April 28 12 - 6, after reading these materials. 

Part 107/Remote Pilot Test Prep Resources

Michael Lincoln

The following materials will be used during our training session on April 28. It is highly recommended that you give these resources a preview prior to our training date. As you preview them please do so with the intent of familiarizing yourself with terminology and scope of the tested content.

1. Skim over the Airmen Knowledge Testing Supplement (you will use this book during the test) This is a large file, be patient.

2. Familiarize yourself with the FAA Remote Pilot Study Guide

3. Read Northup’s study guide

4. Become familiar with 3DR’s remote pilot resources including practice tests:

5. Watch this airspace video:

6. RELAX! This is not hard. It just takes a little time to become familiar with the concepts.

There is a lot of information here. Don’t let it discourage you. After the training session you will have a great knowledge base to enjoy learning and studying for the FAA exam.

I look forward to working with you on Sunday.

Michael Lincoln

Owner/Remote Pilot

TopShot Aerials

Night Mapping Training & Test Prep Agenda

Date: April 28, 2019

Time: 12 - 6PM

Location: Margaret Morrison Hall, Room 103. This is the building just past the University Center as you are walking into campus from the free parking in the East Campus Garage.

12-1:30 - Visual Observer/Watcher Training

• Night Waiver Overview

• Flight Crew Positions, Responsibilities, Terminology

• VO Procedures/SAFETY

• Nighttime illusions and procedures: Autokinesis, Reversible

Perspective illusion, Size/Distance Illusion, Fascination, Flicker

Vertigo, others.

1:30-2:00 - Take Night Operations Flight Crew Test

2:00-2:15 – Break

2:15-5:00 – Part 107 Remote Pilot Training Topics

1.limitations, and flight operation;

Airspace classification, operating requirements, and flight restrictions affecting small

2.unmanned aircraft operation; Aviation weather sources and effects of weather on

small unmanned aircraft performance;

3. Small unmanned aircraft loading;

4. Emergency procedures;

5. Crew resource management;

6. Radio communication procedures;

7. Determining the performance of small unmanned aircraft;

8. Physiological effects of drugs and alcohol;

9. Aeronautical decision-making and judgment;

10. Airport operations; and

11. Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures.

5:00-5:15 – Break

5:15-6:00 – Practice Questions and Discussion

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