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#337301 - 05/01/17 04:17 PM Tips for summer flying
scorwin Offline
Safety Pilot

Registered: 05/19/16
Posts: 50
Loc: DFW, TX
All,

This will be the first full summer where I can fly my own plane. Bought it last July, but was in annual and did upgrades in August. Got the annual again, of course, but will likely fly more this summer.

What does everyone do to make the summer somewhat manageable? I'm in the DFW area. Do the portable ice cooler things really work? I've seen more statements say not really, but usually only people that don't like it will speak out.

Mostly it will be just me. Maybe one other person, so w&b is not an issue

Thanks

Shawn


Edited by scorwin (05/01/17 04:17 PM)

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#337313 - 05/01/17 05:18 PM Re: Tips for summer flying [Re: scorwin]
Challenger1 Online   content
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Registered: 03/23/16
Posts: 1928
Loc: Cincinnati, Ohio
Fly early in the morning and land right after sunrise or the opposite and fly in the eve and enjoy the sunset?
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#337319 - 05/01/17 05:40 PM Re: Tips for summer flying [Re: Challenger1]
Pilot5107F Offline
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Registered: 01/16/16
Posts: 1120
Loc: East Texas
Once the Texas summer heat kicks in unless you're doing it for a living (glad I retired) it's best to keep your flights in the early morning or late evening as Challenger said. The portable ice cooler actually works but I'd never use it for local flights, only long cross countries.
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#337336 - 05/01/17 07:19 PM Re: Tips for summer flying [Re: scorwin]
DeputydogK9 Offline
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Registered: 12/30/15
Posts: 662
Loc: North Florida
Amen to early/late only and be sure and check the density altitude. That hot air is not very thick (just feels that way :-) )

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#337351 - 05/01/17 09:16 PM Re: Tips for summer flying [Re: DeputydogK9]
Pilot5107F Offline
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Registered: 01/16/16
Posts: 1120
Loc: East Texas
Good advice K9. I sometimes forget not everybody has the same experience and sometimes the most basic things can catch you.

Scorwin, I looked up your profile but you haven't filled it in. It helps knowing things about you because for example if I'm going to answer a question and the person asking is an ATP rated pilot I might answer it different than if the person is a private pilot.

Regarding this question, flying in the mornings usually gives you the smoothest ride due to lower windspeeds, if any, lower density altitude, and lower temps so you don't sweat as much pushing it into the hangar when you're done as you will in the afternoon.
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#337411 - 05/02/17 10:23 AM Re: Tips for summer flying [Re: Pilot5107F]
scorwin Offline
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Registered: 05/19/16
Posts: 50
Loc: DFW, TX
Just updated the profile, but private pilot, about to finish up IFR in the next 2 weeks. Got only about 150 hours TT. Fly out of KGPM.

Early mornings are prob the best idea. When I get the instrument rating, I may be a little more comfortable at dusk/evening. Have only done the required night flying during the early flight lessons.

I'm an ER doc and will likely start using my plane in the very near future to fly around the state for work.

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#337416 - 05/02/17 10:44 AM Re: Tips for summer flying [Re: scorwin]
Pilot5107F Offline
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Registered: 01/16/16
Posts: 1120
Loc: East Texas
I used to fly in your area. I flew a yellow EMS helicopter. Can't mention the name of the company due to the settlement I received, but thanks to them my plane, runway, house, rental properties, cars, etc are all paid in full, and I was able to retire, lol.

Here's a good link to Density Altitude explanation:
Density Altitude Refresher


the only thing I found was he said Non aspirated instead of NORMALLY aspirated engine (0.43 seconds) but the rest is good info and he usually makes very good videos.
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#337444 - 05/02/17 02:04 PM Re: Tips for summer flying [Re: Pilot5107F]
Flyboy712 Offline
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Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 623
Loc: Washington
I climb until the OAT says 70 then I cruise.

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#337456 - 05/02/17 02:47 PM Re: Tips for summer flying [Re: Pilot5107F]
jpoppinmoneyunit Offline
Second in Command

Registered: 04/26/16
Posts: 165
Loc: Alaska
Originally Posted By: Pilot5107F


Here's a good link to Density Altitude explanation:
Density Altitude Refresher



How come the MzeroA guy needs a watch on each wrist and a wedding band on each ring finger? He must not want to throw off his W&B grin grin

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#337457 - 05/02/17 02:47 PM Re: Tips for summer flying [Re: Flyboy712]
Pilot5107F Offline
Gold Pilot

Registered: 01/16/16
Posts: 1120
Loc: East Texas
I'm thinking you don't get many 110 degree days up there in Oregon, LOL !
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#337520 - 05/02/17 10:37 PM Re: Tips for summer flying [Re: Pilot5107F]
Flyboy712 Offline
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Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 623
Loc: Washington
You'd be surprised. The east sides of Washington and Oregon are high desert environments. 110 is a bit on the high side but 90-100 is very common in the summer.

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