spotting traffic using the 'lean' method

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  1. eman1200

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    ATC says "traffic, 5 miles, at some altitude going some direction, LOOK OUT!".....

    so you lean forward as if that extra foot and a half removed from the five miles is gonna help you spot the traffic.

    c'mon, who does it? eman does it. wtf.
     
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  2. Kenny Phillips

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    In a Skyhawk, you can then see above you.
     
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    I do it, but not to close the distance. I do it to see around the door jambs. Except in the RV, since the canopy creates no obstructions.
     
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    Only if it has overhead windows. Not all of them do.
     
  5. DutchRoller

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    The lean method... that's rich.
     
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    I use the lean of peek method...first I lean, then I take a peek.
     
  7. FlySince9

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    First you have to determine where to look... is east to your left or right, or is north to your right and south to your left... Shyt maybe he's behind me! AHHHHHHHH!
     
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    I lean and peak and I laugh at myself every time I do it. Lately I do the double lean where I look out the windshield and then lean over and look at the tablet mounted in my panel that has ADSB in.
     
  9. jsstevens

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    Switching to guns...
     
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    I lean to turn.
     
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    Sheeeit, what's all this lean and peak nonsense? I just close my eyes and let Jesus take the yoke...
     
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    In my plane, traffic ahead of me going the same direction is never a factor. :(
     
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    Leaning forward doesn't let you see more of what's under the nose of the airplane?
     
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    I used to do that, but I got tired of missing breakfast. No, wait -- that was the yolk.

    Wrong thread?
     
  15. injb

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    I do it not because it shortens the distance but because it helps me to spot things that are hard to see. Especially if the windscreen isn't spotless.
     
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    I don’t lean, if I do, the CG shifts ...
     
  17. Mtns2Skies

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    10/10 I do this every time.
     
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    That actually could be a valid traffic avoidance scheme. Lean forward, plane descends, traffic avoided! Boom!
     
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    FTFY
     
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    Do you also duck with driving below an overpass? Or when driving into your own garage? If yes, nothing to worry about. If not, this can be very serious. :rolleyes:
     
  21. Kenny Phillips

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    Actually, just to see up out of the standard windscreen requires a lean. Or a yank on the yoke.
     
  22. flyingcheesehead

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    No, it's the ones WITHOUT the overhead windows where you need to lean forward to see above you...

    But yes, I do lean sometimes, just to see around parts of the airplane. Nothing wrong with that...
     
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    I lean down and look at my ipad
     
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    You guys are giving me The leans.
     
  25. texasclouds

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    If you see me lean forward and to the side, crack the air vents!
     
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    In an Aerostar you look straight up through the sun roofs... just because you can, by then the traffic is behind you....
     
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    I prefer to sit up taller. Then lean.
     
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    Ha! You said "crack"!:p
     
  29. upstateny

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    It's the same phenomenon you see when driving around looking for a specific address, you turn down the radio. Why? Does quiet improve your eyesight?
     
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    It does actually... ;)
     
  31. midlifeflyer

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    Agree it's the same phenomenon. In both cases, it's a move which changes your focus. The lean is one of many unconscious mannerisms we have when we concentrate. The radio lowering is a way of limiting distraction so we can.

    Apologies for the serious answer.
     
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  32. Checkout_my_Six

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    hey....leaning forward works for lotsa stuff.....o_O
     
  33. eman1200

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    Like when someone puts crunchy peanut butter on your sandwich, you can lean forward and say “what the %#%¥ is this?!??!?”
     
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    When I get into a freezing cold car in the middle of winter I’ll crank the radio super loud to help warm up before the heater gets going.
     
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    :yeahthat:
    Especially high density altitude takeoffs
     
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    I don't lean forward but I have my thumbs ready to hit the tigers on top of the yoke and say "pew pew pew" as I shoot them down once they are spotted.

    They are no match for this ace 182...

    Unfortunately one of those triggers apparently is also the PTT switch.
     
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    Now we need a thread about stupid things we've said with a stuck mic!
     
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    It works in the car. When I am almost out of gas, and the gas gauge is right on “E”, rocking back-and-forth can give you an extra 5 miles per gallon. Then you can pick up an extra 2 miles per gallon by just chanting with each rock back and forth, “come on baby!”
     
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    I have forgotten what "a freezing cold car in the middle of winter" is like. It only sometimes drops below freezing here, but was recently in the 20s when I went to work in the mornings. Hopefully that's all for the next couple of years . . . .

    The only time I recall turning down the radio while hunting for an address is when a helper was riding shotgun, and it was easier to hear each other while looking out the side windows.

    You people on PoA are strange . . . . . :aureola: Good thing everyone flies a lot, it reduces our time driving!
     
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    Im leaning towards this answer and others alike........