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Hometown Helena
7:00 AM
Montana Club
This week Bill Avey, Forest Supervisor will discuss the recent fire seasons and fire-fighting costs as they relate to Forest Service management tactics.

The Director of the new Vet Center will provide an overview of the facility that General Prendergast and Diane Carlson Evans worked on for several years.

05/17- Rick Edwards, Northwestern Energy, will discuss how they handle power requests for cryptocurrency “mining” projects around the state.

The Helena High Chamber Orchestra (16 students) will play a couple of songs to kick off the meeting.

05/24- Eric Spangenberg with speak on the Lewis and Clark County GIS mapping website

05/31- Eric Myers, Feathered Pipe Foundation – Veterans Healing Program

06/07- FireSafe Montana

There are several programs booked in the coming weeks – if you want to get on the schedule make sure you send me an email request.

A big Congrats to Greg Upham on his new position as Superintendent of the Billings schools – largest school district in Montana. A lot of people thought he should have had the Superintendent position in Helena but looks like this worked out just fine for him. There is certainly a trend in Helena governmental agencies and other tax supported operations to hire from out-of-state (city, county, schools and several other local organizations) and no doubt all of those selected are fine people – just interesting that local applicants are overlooked so often and not given a chance at jobs they have prepared for in their education and vocational training/work history.

Heard that Fairgrounds Manager, Keith Hatch is resigning following the summer schedule of events to pursue other interests. He has done a good job over the past few years operating the enlarged facilities with limited funding and staff. It is hard to get all of the daily upkeep completed while still having staff for special events that typically take place on weekends. The multi-purpose building was a great addition to the Fairgrounds and they have been able to piece together some improvements to the parking and other amenities, but additional operational funding is needed to fully take advantage of these past improvements. The Fairgrounds Foundation has worked hard to supplement the funding situation, but those funds are also limited. Bottom line, the Fairgrounds needs additional funding.

Sounds like the digging just north and west of the railroad tracks on Montana Ave. has to do with ground clean up – an oil sales company was on that lot for many years.

The vote to approve a new High School in East Helena was much stronger than I expected. Congrats to all of the East Helena folks that have been working on this – it will be quite a change for the community once the high school is up and running. It will have a significant impact on Helena High School but it should not come as a surprise as this has been in the works for a very long time. The school district takes in a large area of the east valley – when we lived in Fox Ridge for an example, we were in the East Helena School District.

Old Glory will have one more brick “tray” installed this month. Bricks are being sold now so that they can be placed at the monument by Memorial Day. The bricks are still $250 and can be engraved with the names of your loved ones – many people chose to use their family name and recognize an entire family. Bob Henkel continues to head up the Old Glory Flag Display – he is getting closer to 90 and we will have to have a special day at the flag for him on that occasion. I have attached a brick order form for your consideration.

KTVH has developed a production team to work on special projects. They have assembled some impressive and talented young people that work strictly on long form video projects. You may have heard of or seen an Under The Big Sky episode in the last year or so. These are thirty minute shows produced in high quality and focus on featuring small businesses in Montana. The first project this team produced was Lady of the Rockies, a beautiful documentary about the Statue of Mary on the East ridge in Butte. Here is the link to watch the video – impressive work- https://youtu.be/_jR3T5T20YQ

There are always a lot of experts on TV discussing such events as the Southwest Airlines Turbofan Failure. I received some additional information that is from a true aviation expert that adds some insight into how serious this event could have been beyond the tragic death of the lady that was partially sucked out of the window. Here is the rest of the story-

After the in-flight failure of the fan blade on the Southwest B737, the TV Networks hauled out their Science Expert to explain what happened. These experts know something about anything. Note that TNT explodes, methane-air mixtures explode, nuclear weapons explode, but turbofans do not explode. Turbofans can experience severe mechanical disintegration. The Experts missed three relevant stories: two technical and one human interest.

After WW II the UK was in the forefront of jet engine technology and produced the first Comet passenger jet in early 1950’s. They were poised to become the dominant producers of jet aircraft; however, infrequently but randomly a Comet would pop a window at high altitude. Explosive decompression of the cabin occurred with loss of aircraft, crew, and passengers. While the Comets were grounded for redesign, Boeing developed the larger and highly successful B707. The Comet sales never recovered, and Boeing dominated the market for the next three or four decades.

The second technical story is that when decompression occurs due to window failure, the aircraft becomes a “rocket in the sky”. The cabins are pressurized and the hole from the missing-window allows air to violently flow outward. In many cases, the pressure differential is sufficient for the air to be sonic at the hole. This high velocity jet of air generates a thrust. An estimate of the thrust is 10,000 Newtons which could be sufficient to cause total loss of aircraft control. An important factor is the location of the window relative to the aircraft center of mass. For the Southwest case, the thrust vector almost went through the CM.

The human interest story is the fact the lady who was partially sucked out the window may have saved the lives of everyone on board. This results from the fact that the “rocket in the sky” could not develop full thrust due to her blockage of the window hole. Full thrust might have provided that last little increment of yaw to exceed full rudder yaw moment. The aircraft would have entered a flat spin or some other non-recoverable maneuver. Later, the National Transportation Review Board may provide more details.

Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Montana Club
Address: 3515 Juniper Drive Helena, MT 59602
Phone: 4065589141

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