Who’s ready for this hot weather? If you answered yes, you’re a liar – wow is it hot.
- Did you know? You can make backup reservations for aircraft and instructors – if the time slot for your aircraft is taken, you can change the type of your reservation to a Backup reservation. This puts you first in line if the Primary reservation cancels.
- I’ll ask again: PLEASE help me keep the gate secure next to the hangar. If you are the last one leaving the Latitude hangar, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO LOCK THE GATE BEHIND YOU.
- If you forget something, or need access to the building after hours, use the gate at the south end of the parking lot and unlock it with the COE VOR frequency (4 digits).
- Please double-check your logbook. If you do NOT have a current TSA endorsement from a Latitude instructor, PLEASE PLEASE bring your logbook, US Passport (or birth certificate AND driver’s license) and tackle a CFI and get their endorsement.
- Vote for Latitude! AOPA has begun their annual Flight Training Poll. Now is your chance to share your flight training experience, and I sincerely hope it’s been a good one. Follow this link to participate.
- You’ll now notice an Oil Log in the front of each aircraft book. Please PLEASE, when you add oil to the airplane, please log Tach time and amount added to this sheet. Oil consumption is an important metric of overall engine health, and helps us anticipate mechanical problems in some cases.
- Are you ready? Ready for the heat? Here are some tips for effectively braving the hot temps we are sure to see as summer pushes on.
- Lean for best power: during runup, lean the airplane for peak RPM, then push the mixture RICH a 1/2″ or so.
- Hydrate: drink water, and lots of it, about an hour before the flight. Leave the leftovers in the restroom just before your flight, and then you’ll be at peak performance.
- Dress cool. Everyone has different preferences regarding shorts. Wear at least closed-toed shoes, and cotton or sports wear does the best job of wicking moisture and keeping you cool.
- Airplanes will NOT perform as well. Carefully evaluate density altitude and aircraft performance prior to using any of the area’s grass airstrips. A runway you have been in and out of in the spring may not be safe in the summer months. The 150 and Champ are particularly vulnerable to the effects of heat, but all aircraft are affected to some degree.
- Minimize ground time, especially at any RPM over idle. The engines are hardest to cool when on the ground, where temps are also the hottest.
- Consider morning departures, when the air is coolest and smoothest. It can get quite rough due to thermal activity in the afternoons.
Hope to see you all out here, the week looks a little cooler after today.