Getting Ready dupe

By now, each of you has checked that your oxygen cylinder is “in test” (2-09 or 2-04* OR later) and therefore fillable.  If not, get on this right away.  Turn-around time at a test facility is often more than two weeks.   Hopefully, you have put on all your cold weather gear, sat in your cockpit with hoses, masks, tubes, chutes, cylinder, regulator, flowmeter, pulse-oximeter, pee system (freeze-proof!), hat, gloves, glasses, snack, programmed computer, back-up radio, etc. and found that:

        ·      You fit in there

        ·      You can reach everything

        ·      You have the wave window properly programmed

        ·      You can find 29.92 on your altimeter

        ·      You can see the contents gauge on your O2 cylinder

        ·      You have O2 flow when you turn on your system

        ·      You don’t have an O2 leak

        ·      You can actually still move the stick and the rudder pedals 

A specific note on pee systems: if your system currently simply exits the plane near the joystick, it is probable that it will work one time at altitude prior to freeze-up.  If the exit tube is longer, say, exiting out the wheel well, it is possible that a freeze-up can take place prior to the completion of the first use.  In either case, having a bag with you and not relying on your warm-weather system would be wise. 

Moreover, please fly your ship on a really gusty day as sort of a warm-up for expected conditions.  And be sure that you have experimented with the benign-spiral characteristics of your ship.  (Do not do this if you have an all-flying elevator: Standard Cirrus, etc!)  Also, please read "Practical Wave Flying" by Bob Wander.

If you are not already doing so, consider getting some additional exercise between now and camp.  Just 20 minutes walking five days per week will keep you in pretty-good shape.  You want your heart and lungs to be ready for excursions into high places!

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