Flight Training - June 2015 - 4

RIGHT SEAT

By Ian J. Twombly
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THERE IS A SEASON

MAKE THAT PROP TURN

A

s I write this, it's mid-April and over the past week the
temperature has fluctuated from the high 40s to the mid
70s-and back. "Five more degrees," my student says. I see my
student often, but for the past two months it's been all in the
office and not in the airplane. His plea for atmospheric mercy is part
of his apparent pursuit of a scientifically perfect flying temperature.
Between brisk preflights, nippy airplane hangar puzzles, and frigid
fueling, he has readily learned the ups and downs of flying weather.
"Now I know why people say there is a flying season," he says.
As a flight instructor, I've had the
pleasure of teaching in extremes-from
Florida's swampy summer to New
Hampshire's snowy winter. Seeing the
way people react to flight training's
weather barriers has always been a fun
exercise in teasing out motivation.
My current student-who is learning to fly strictly for the joy of it-has
no desire to wear five jackets and three

training ranks, especially if they
are airplane owners. On one hand
you can keep the gear you want in the
hangar and the airplane. No more
showing up without gloves, a hat,
sunscreen, water-or a space heater, for
that matter.
But if you're good to your magic
carpet and you live up North, you will
end up having to preheat and scrape

SEEING THE WAY PEOPLE REACT TO FLIGHT
TRAINING'S WEATHER BARRIERS HAS ALWAYS
BEEN A FUN EXERCISE IN TEASING OUT
MOTIVATION.
pairs of gloves simply to bang around
the pattern for an hour. It's hard to
blame him. Students in the collegiate
program where I used to teach usually
seemed to take the cold in stride. In fact,
it was often the operations manual-with
its minus 25-degree wind chill limit-
that forced us to stay on the ground.
In Florida I was the one who lacked
motivation. Never having been one for
the heat, I would stagger outside at
the last possible minute and leave the
airplane door and windows open until
we rolled onto the runway. I, like many
instructors in the Sunshine State, started
every lesson with a plea to the student
to get the fan turning as fast as possible.
Maybe that's why my cockpit setup
doesn't happen until after the motor is
running.
Many pilots continue their seasonal
inertia even once they are out of the

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off frost at some point-perhaps the
world's two most agonizing chores. Or
you could move to a heated hangar like
the big boys, assuming you have a big
checkbook.
The rest of us will be left toiling
with removing sunshades, yanking off
airplane covers, fastening blisteringly
hot seat belt buckles, scraping frost with
credit cards, and fogging up interior
windows.
Yes, there are flying seasons, and each
has its flaws. But, wow, fresh snow is
beautiful from the air; the trek to the
beach is always better by airplane; leaf
peeping is epic by air; and taking off is a
metaphor tailor made for spring.
So, let's go flying.
Email Editor Ian J. Twombly at ian.twombly@aopa.
org; Twitter: ijtwombly; and visit Flight Training
on Facebook.

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