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Discussion in 'Lessons Learned' started by Stewartb, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. Stewartb

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    A story I wrote a few years back. One of many about ski flying.

     
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    Yeah, transition time has some serious risks on the water. Do you clear the snow so the ice gets thicker as the season goes on?
     
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    Transition time? I don't guess Florida boys know much about overflow! :wink2:

    The earth is warm and most water remains liquid under the surface ice. Sometimes that bites ski pilots. Overflow is a threat all winter long, especially when snow is undisturbed, like at the edge of the creek in the story. Add that to water movement below the ice? Ruh roh!
     
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    Snow is the problem, snow is an insulating blanket. That's why I asked if you clear it to remove the insulation and thicken up the ice. Sinking ice to allow a few inches overflow to freeze on top is also a way to build thickness. I did a couple winters in N. Canada and Alaska on the railroad, that's why I live in Florida winters now.;)
     
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    47 Alaskan winters and counting for me. Thanks for the advice, though. But I'm not talking about a skating rink. I'm talking about ski flying in a really big state.
     
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    Clearing the ice? Sweeping it? Not on lake chautauqua they don't and never did! In fact they used to have jalopy races on the ice in days of old. Several light aircraft on skis still use it in winter. It would be almost impossible and unproductive to "clean the ice". The lake is 20 miles long!
     
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    There is a reason they plow ice roads weeks before they can open them.
     
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    Henning is dead on. When building ice roads on the north slope, we used to pre-pack the snow down to eliminate the air pockets and reduce it's insulating capability.
     
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    So it has been below zero and snowy here all day, but your story made me colder just reading it.
     
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    It could be worse. My kids spent a little too much time on the beach today and got some sunburn. And the air conditioner in my ute was a little weak on the way home from work, I need to remember to change the cabin air filter this weekend. :D
     
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    Great story. Do you write for a living?
     
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    Thank you, and no. The words don't do justice to the day but at least there was a happy outcome.