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Old 02-12-2013, 07:10 PM
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Last week I took a VFR trip to Florida and had the good fortune of having a very experienced pilot go with me. He is an ex-topgun Navy F-14 pilot currently flying the 747. He taught me a lot of good info but one of the simplest, cheapest tricks he showed me is this half drinken bottle of water on the glare shield to use as cloud clearance sight. Works very well as we used it to top some clouds at 10000'.
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:50 PM
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Pen pinched with two fingers vertically. Held up on the glare shield and steadied still. Put top of pen level with top of clouds for 1 minute.

Clouds slide down pen : you'll fly over

Clouds raise above pen top: into the clouds you'll go

Works in airbus and Rvs
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.....Navy ..... one of the simplest, cheapest tricks he showed me is this half drinken bottle of water on the glare shield
as we all know, the navy invented the spirit level....(and grog, bubble sextant, and mermaid lures, patents pending!
I'm glad your level worked, even using the 'wrong' fluid!
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:48 AM
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I heard of you drink half a bottle of whiskey it works better.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:24 AM
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Last week I took a VFR trip to Florida and had the good fortune of having a very experienced pilot go with me. He is an ex-topgun Navy F-14 pilot currently flying the 747. He taught me a lot of good info but one of the simplest, cheapest tricks he showed me is this half drinken bottle of water on the glare shield to use as cloud clearance sight. Works very well as we used it to top some clouds at 10000'.
In a pinch, that could work as an inclinometer too if the turbulence isn't too bad.
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In a pinch, that could work as an inclinometer too if the turbulence isn't too bad.
thats what i thought it was too. good tip!
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Could be used as a turn coordinator too
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Could be used as a turn coordinator too
The "ball" in a turn coordinator is officially known as an inclinometer.
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In a pinch, that could work as an inclinometer too if the turbulence isn't too bad.
Not sure about that one. Way to think out of the box though!

Might watch this first...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV6TUGsT3zY
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Could you explain the usage of this water bottle as a cloud clearance sight?
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