With summer approaching, and it is shaping up to be a long, hot and dry one and its a good time to remind everyone about the need to watch their hydration; on this occasion I am speaking from personal experience. I was caught out just last week, I had moved from a cold damp climate to a hot dry climate in just 8 days; the temps in Fiordland were about 4c and it was bucketing down – the temps at West Wyalong was 39c and dry; it was the second week of November!! I suffered and it cost me 3 days flying.
I am recommending that all pilots are reminded about the dangers of dehydration, and I ask you to post the attached poster, or any others with similar messages that you may find on the net that will help get the message across.
Regional Safety Manager NSW
Gliding Federation of Australia