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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:49 pm    Post subject: Knee boards Reply with quote

Can anyone recommend a board thats not to bulky to use in the 22. I saw a fly boys board that looked quite good. anyone have one? Im also looking at a stopwatch too but digital or analogue?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi paddy,

I don't use a kneeboard, as I would find it too cumbersome attached to my leg! However, I did pick up a "clip" to hold charts, etc. (when necessary - I prefer to give them to passenger, or have them on passenger seat!) which has an elastic strap that fastens around the leg. Can't remember where I got it from now, but I *think* this is it from Transair. (Difficult to tell, as they don't have an image of the product.)

It's very similar to this:

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:40 am    Post subject: Re: Knee boards Reply with quote

paddywak wrote:
I saw a fly boys board that looked quite good. anyone have one?


I have the flyboys.. very nice, fits well and is secure. You can add clear pages to it with rings too, so it can take as much as you need in terms of approach plates, airport diags etc.

The 'ultimate kneeboard' used to be the kneeboard of choice, but the last I heard was that they guy had stopped making them - the fly boys in almost identical though..
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JTL, is that tricky turning the chart as you change HDG? Where do you keep your stopwatch? Do you use the clock in your helicopter instead? Sorry about all the questions I'm new to the nav. Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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is that tricky turning the chart as you change HDG?


paddywak, Do you turn the chart everytime you change heading Shocked


If you are learning navigation, is it a good idea to learn bad habits? Smile

I always navigate North up and orientate my brain, that way you can relate to your sense of direction better. Just my opinion. What does your instructor say about this?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fair point - but just like chopperjockey, I use the chart oriented North up. I can't do it any other way - just how I'm programmed I guess. Others, I know, turn charts around to match their heading. However, how would that work if it was clipped onto a full kneeboard?

And stopwatch - yeah, heli clock is fine for me. Timings are only ever going to be approximate against the plan anyway - the wind is always changing!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

James T Lowe wrote:
... - the wind is always changing!


Maybe you should change your diet?!

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Might just be the way I fly.... Shocked
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is that tricky turning the chart as you change HDG?


paddywak, Do you turn the chart everytime you change heading Shocked


If you are learning navigation, is it a good idea to learn bad habits? Smile

I always navigate North up and orientate my brain, that way you can relate to your sense of direction better. Just my opinion. What does your instructor say about this?


I haven't been on the nav exersise yet, but my instructor did mention something about flying in the direction aligned with the chart. I'll let you all know when I've done it, which may not be this weekend looking at the forcast. Sad
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