Aeronautical decision making

Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by Dana, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Dana

    Dana Line Up and Wait

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    Today was one of those days where the aeronautical decision was to fly or not fly. Would have been a good day, light wind, partly sunny, plane is ready, but... 33°F and my open cockpit limit has generally been 40°. Still, my new plane has a deeper cockpit than the last so it's not as breezy in the cockpit as the last one, might not be so bad, and I just got some nice new insulated gloves... should I or shouldn't I, it'd be nice to get a flight in, but I'll still probably freeze my butt off, and anyway I have projects to do in the shop, but it's really a nice day except for the temperature...

    Even if I decide to stay home, the sunshine and light winds will keep tempting me to quit and go flying... so after hemming and hawing for awhile and doing basically nothing, I made some lunch and poured myself a beer to go with it. Now I can't go flying this afternoon even if I'm tempted to. Problem solved.
     
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    The only thing 33-40 degrees that should be in your hands and face is a beer.
     
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    Have you ever considered the heated motorcycle clothing? You would have to have an outlet with enough amps installed.
     
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    You already know the answer.

    Most people get themselves in trouble second guessing their more conservative gut instinct.

    Like the old saying, if you have to ask
     
  5. Zeldman

    Zeldman Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Wait, I think you are good to go if you drank the beer more than 50 feet from the throttle of your airplane.....:nonod::nonod::lol:
     
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    Wait, I think I see your problem. Your location says CT & NY. Those are bad, baaad letters. Replace them with FL and you'll be good to go!
     
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    Good call. ;)
     
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    I would have flown but I would have worn my snowmobile gear. In that stuff 30 degrees is almost too warm.
     
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    midwestpa24 Cleared for Takeoff

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    If it's not a definite yes, then it's a no. At least in this case the danger was just freezing your a** off.
     
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    My motorcycle limit was 50 degrees...I installed heated hand grips, and I was able to lower my limit to 35. It’s amazing what hot hands can do for your comfort. I now also have a battery powered heated vest, which although effective, isn’t nearly as effective as warm hands.
     
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    Check out the Warm and Safe stuff. Jacket, pant, boot, gloves total out at near 150 watts on 12.8 V. Their controllers will handle 28v and flat roast you.