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Old 8th Feb 2017, 17:36
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Old 8th Feb 2017, 22:52
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3 line TAF

As a rule of thumb, after many years of agonising, I have drawn the conclusion that a 3 line taf is never VFR flyable. Stay in bed.
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Old 9th Feb 2017, 09:40
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As a rule of thumb, after many years of agonising, I have drawn the conclusion that a 3 line taf is never VFR flyable. Stay in bed.
Sounds like a mate of mine who decides whether or not to eat something based on adding up the E-numbers, and not eating it if the total comes to more than some threshold (his theory being that the higher numbers are newer and/or more obscure chemicals with less of a safety track record).
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Old 9th Feb 2017, 12:29
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I think you made the right choice... Mind you I'm very very cautious...

The other day there was a 10kt cross wind, I wanted to practise EFATO, different approaches and then get out in the local area to practise forced landings etc (basically the GASCo list)... The vis and cloud were fine, but for some reason the 10kt crosswind managed to completely put me off. I know the aircrafts limit is 18kt, and well within my capabilities. The airfield I'm at is particularly open and a 10kt wind just seemed particularly concerning... Despite seeing others going out.

Probably wasted a perfectly good flying day/days annual leave when it was flyable... But I wanted less wind for practising those drills... Some may say I' being daft, but I'm still here and will have the opportunity to try another day...
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Old 9th Feb 2017, 12:34
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But I wanted less wind for practising those drills...
I have been known to say to an instructor;

"Yes I know I'm supposed to be able to land in a 15kt crosswind, and I know I'm supposed to be able to do a glide approach, but both at once? - c'mon now!"

I was joking, of course. If you're willing to go "normal" flying with a crosswind of x you have to be prepared for an emergency with a crosswind of x - the engine won't refrain from failing just because you don't like the wind direction that day.
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Old 9th Feb 2017, 13:30
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Probably wasted a perfectly good flying day/days annual leave when it was flyable...
I always thought that should I not feel the conditions for any particular item in mind, but a good flying day - I would be keen to do some circuits to help build my confidence, then maybe do a departure from the circuit to the local area when I am a little more comfortable and see how it goes. It might have boosted the confidence enough to do what I had initially set out to do!
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Old 9th Feb 2017, 16:25
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If you're willing to go "normal" flying with a crosswind of x you have to be prepared for an emergency with a crosswind of x - the engine won't refrain from failing just because you don't like the wind direction that day.
...but if the engine stops I'll be looking for as near an into wind field as possible.
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Old 9th Feb 2017, 18:16
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