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Old 12-10-2004, 09:35 AM   #31
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Well, I wish I could have had about half the devices suggested in this thread when I was out at the field yesterday afternoon. It was not really cold, but the heavy overcast and 20 - 25 Km wind made it seem much colder than the 6 deg C my thermometer was registrering.

I went to the flight line wearing my down parka and two pair of gloves, the little "1 size 4 all" inside a pair of work gloves. When all was fueled, running, tuned and ready to go, I stepped into the flight line box, stripped off the outer gloves and flew. In retrospect, it should have been shirt sleeve weather, but this winter I really seem to be feeling the cold, and it isn't really here yet.

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Old 12-10-2004, 03:39 PM   #32
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Winter flying in Saskatchewan

O.K. I'll admit I don't winter fly as much as I could, but I always take a plane to the lake for Christmas holidays. 12 mile runways are hard to pass up... I've found a couple of things to be especially helpful. The first is plain old latex gloves. Yes, the ones you NEVER want to see your Dr. pull out. They keep a bit of the wind out and protect you from getting fuel on you hand, which hurts like a son of a &^&^$# in the cold. Then wear a pair of thin gloves over top. I always try to keep my hands as warm as possible before actually flying, that way you get a few extra minutes on the controls.
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Old 12-10-2004, 07:33 PM   #33
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One tip for your poor frozen engine.. My Dad carries a thermos of hot water with him...just before starting, he puts a finger over the carb, then pours some hot water over the cylinder...this warms it up enough to help with starting..... I've not used it myself, but have been with him when he did, and it worked!

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Old 12-11-2004, 03:22 AM   #34
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I will second those cheapy .99 cent stretchy gloves that you find different places. Just make sure they have a tight weave to them. They do allow you to have that tactile feel to your sticks while keeping the wind off your hands.
I flew the first time last sunday with them and they worked great. 2-3 degree C outside with a light wind.
I was flying about 11-14 mins at a time with my large highwing electric.
One thing is these gloves and velcro don't get along as I found out as I tried to open or close my battery straps. I ended up having to remove my gloves but the large spent flight batteries warmed my hands back up again.


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Old 09-12-2005, 09:59 PM   #35
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We still make the Radio Mitts. We put a pocket in the back of the mitt to put chemical hand warmers if desired. Were in the process of making the mitt open from the top so the radio is inserted from the top. Also modifying the sleeve area to put it at an angle and have it flair out a little. Should be nice!

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