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Posted: May/01/2021 at 9:37am  Quote
 
Hi all,

Here in the Northern Hemisphere were are heading into flying season and it is heating up fast! A quick item I would like to bring up is we have a lot of visitors from up north and from other parts of the world attend some of our events here in the southern US and here are a few tips to stay comfortable and safe.

1. Make sure you are wearing adequate protection from the sun. Take a few minutes each morning and apply some high SPF sunblock to help protect your skin from over exposure to the sun which can cause problems for you down the road.

2. A large brim hat with ventilated sides while not "cool" to most folks is really the coolest headgear to protect you and to let your head disperse the heat it needs to from your body. Ball caps are TERRIBLE at this and allow your ears and face sides to get burned by the sun.

3. Wear loose light colored cotton/cotton blend clothing. This helps to reflect some of the heat from your body and keep you cool. While you may be making a fashion statement with that black t-shirt, all you are accomplishing is turning yourself into a heat-sink.

4. Drink plenty of water. Soda's don't do the trick here. You need good 'ole WATER to keep your body cool and operating properly. Every year someone I know that goes to these fly-ins / contest here in the south sufferers from some heat related problem. Usually because they were not drinking enough water. So keep yourself hydrated!

5. Most importantly PACE YOURSELF. If you are in a new environment that you are not used to be sure and take your time and don't get in a rush. Now you know why we talk so slow down here.

Hope you all have a great flying season and hope to see some of you out at the fly-ins / contests this year.

Be safe and clear skies!
Mike


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Posted: May/05/2021 at 3:16pm  Quote
 
All good advice and I'd add that if you don't have to be in the sun get in some shade, I know a few fields that don't have much cover but most do, so use it! 

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