Since most of us are against the idea of a Girly Forum, I'm going to have to pose my question here...
What do you women do when you're caught short in a light aircraft?
I quote from my post in Private Flying:
Anyone ever tried one of those 'Lady Jane Adapters'? Look pretty undignified if you ask me. Can you imagine... flying along in your PA28 or whatever, you turn to the person in the RHS and say "Can you take control for a while please?" You then proceed to remove your harness and umpteen layers of clothing before politely asking everyone to avert their gaze...
I guess the easy answer is to fly an aircraft that needs pit stops more often than you do. Like a Chipmunk for example?
A nightmare scenario Evo which was highlighted by an unfortunate F18 pilot, the situation recorded and posted for posterity on PPRuNe's Mil pilot forum.
AB I would amagine Janner Yeager must have faced the problem in Voyager and somehow survived, but then she had a companion in similar circumstances and I gues it was a case of you and me both.
I did have a pretty ambarrasing episode in a Lear 25 where the 'loo' is in the front of the cabin and ones modesty preserved by a very flimsy curtain, not one of my more exciting Lear moments.
The 'Human Range Extender' is of course uniquely suitable for the male, I had a chief pilot who suggested I buy one rather than leaving the flight deck on long legs, but I simply cut down on the liquids when flying with him. I would hazard a guess that there may possibly be a female version but cannot say I have ever come across it. I doubt that the portable relief tubes available to female soldiers would be suitable as they are for field use as opposed to the cockpit.
A "friend" of mine flew a Jaguar to Nellis for RED FLAG. He tells of the condom/tube/bag in lower leg pocket system in use by RAF chaps. Only problem is (takes deep breath) u need a "stiffy" to roll the afore mentioned thing on. Cue VC10 tanker, top up tanks mid atlantic, hold echelon port post tank and need a pee. Pilot was filmed by VC10 crew "getting wood" to roll thing on and the film was shown at the Nellis bash after RED FLAG was over. Anyone care to confirm this?
Brings to mind the tale about the relief tube fitted to the P51. Some bright chap in the design office thought that putting the outlet in an area of low pressure would be a desirable thing. No not for that reason! but to prevent back flow into the cockpit. Seems that they got the position ever so slightly wrong. The poor sod that tried it out had to make a very delicate landing before he could disengage his tackle from the offending tube.
Paterbrat, those Lears have given more than one guy an embarassing moment. Once on the ramp at Washington National the pilot of a Lear 30 series was sitting on the potty when the bottom half of the door fell down. He attempted to grab it, and fell headfirst onto the ramp with his pants around his ankles and his bare arse in the air. The spectators applauded. I won't comment on the dirty sob who turned the drain of the relief tube in our C-46 around, so everything blew back in your face if you used it.