ER-2 #806 06/12/17 - 06/13/17

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Flight Number: 
17-6041
Payload Configuration: 
AVIRIS-C and MASTER
Nav Data Collected: 
Yes
Total Flight Time: 
7.6 hours
Comments: 
Took off at 1638 GMT; landing at 0014 GMT for a 7.6 hour mission. The pilot did not see any fail lights or have any issues with the AVIRIS-C and MASTER instruments. Instrument operations went as expected. Scattered clouds only over the LA basin. Everywhere else was sky clear. Tim counted the minutes that he flew over the scattered clouds to determine the percent cloud coverage for the lines through the LA basin. The estimate for cloud coverage was between 10 and 20 percent for the flight lines through the LA basin. The southern and northern ends of the lines; and the coast was sky clear. All clouds dissipated by 2200 GMT. Today’s landing came very close to being diverted to Beale AFB, north of Sacramento, CA because of winds exceeding the ejection seat limits. The winds died down enough to land locally in Palmdale. At about 2335 GMT, the decision was made to RTB because the weather forecaster (not NASA AFRC) expected the wind to increase back above ejection seat limits. More details are in the AFRC ER-2 Flight Report. Tim Williams noted during the flight debrief that the LTN-92 INS had issues later during the flight. The INS drifted a lot, up to 43 miles off. Tim also noted that he experienced moderate turbulence a few times during today’s flight. Tim Williams was the pilot.
Flight Segments: 
From:Palmdale, CATo:Palmdale, CA
Start:06/12/17 16:38 Z Finish:06/13/17 00:14 Z
Flight Time:7.6 hours
Log Number:172036PI:Robert Green
Funding Source:Jack Kaye - NASA - SMD - ESD Director Research and Analysis
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:The purpose of the third HyspIRI-CA flight for FY17 was to fly the Southern California Box.
Flight Hour Summary: 
162034172036
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS45
Flight Hours Previously Approved 9.9
Total Used35.146.6
Total Remaining -36.7
172036 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
06/07/1717-6039Science5.75.74.2
06/09/1717-6040Science3.18.81.1
06/12/17 - 06/13/1717-6041Science7.616.4-6.5
06/13/1717-6042Science6.623-13.1
06/14/1717-6043Science5.828.8-18.9
06/20/1717-6044Science5.334.1-24.2
06/22/1717-6045Science5.239.3-29.4
06/28/1717-6047Science7.346.6-36.7
162034 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
06/09/1616-6026Science4.74.740.3
06/15/1616-6027Science37.737.3
06/16/1616-6028Science7.615.329.7
06/17/1616-6029Science5.120.424.6
06/20/1616-6030Science6.62718
06/21/1616-6031Science8.135.19.9

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