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When was the last time you used your timer on your wrist trinket

Post by Ian Mc » Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:01 pm

For me it today, using my moon watch to time the required engine burn duration on...

The bottom oven cooking pizza!

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Re: When was the last time you used your timer on your wrist trinket

Post by smegwina » Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:33 pm

Flying VFR legs, it gets used all the time, particularly as a backup to the main flight timer.

Sailing, I use the regatta timer.

I also use the bezels on a diver to time meter times for car parking.

Other than that......

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Post by Ian Mc » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:05 pm

smegwina wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:33 pm
Flying VFR legs,

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Excuse my ignorance, I guess this is a technical term in flight plans or something?
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Re: When was the last time you used your timer on your wrist trinket

Post by StrapMeister » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:38 pm

There are two sets of rules for flying any aircraft: VFR and IFR.
  • VFR stands for Visual Flight Rules
  • IFR means Instrument Flight Rules
Depending on the weather conditions a pilot may opt for one set of rules or the other.
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Re: When was the last time you used your timer on your wrist trinket

Post by nbg » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:40 pm

This afternoon, to time how long the tea was brewing.

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Re: When was the last time you used your timer on your wrist trinket

Post by Ian Mc » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:52 pm

StrapMeister wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:38 pm
There are two sets of rules for flying any aircraft: VFR and IFR.
  • VFR stands for Visual Flight Rules
  • IFR means Instrument Flight Rules
Depending on the weather conditions a pilot may opt for one set of rules or the other.
Thanks for that.
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Re: When was the last time you used your timer on your wrist trinket

Post by smegwina » Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:01 pm

StrapMeister wrote:There are two sets of rules for flying any aircraft: VFR and IFR.
  • VFR stands for Visual Flight Rules
  • IFR means Instrument Flight Rules
Depending on the weather conditions a pilot may opt for one set of rules or the other.
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Post by smegwina » Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:22 pm

Ian Mc wrote:
StrapMeister wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:38 pm
There are two sets of rules for flying any aircraft: VFR and IFR.
  • VFR stands for Visual Flight Rules
  • IFR means Instrument Flight Rules
Depending on the weather conditions a pilot may opt for one set of rules or the other.
Thanks for that.
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StrapMeister was spot on.

Very simply, when navigating in Visual Flight Rules you fly a series of legs at a known heading and speed (taking wind speed and direction onto account as you can't fly in a "straight" line) that you have plotted. At the end of each leg, you check using visual reference points that you are in the correct place. You then fly the next leg and so on and so forth!

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Re: When was the last time you used your timer on your wrist trinket

Post by Ian Mc » Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:25 pm

smegwina wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:22 pm
Ian Mc wrote:
StrapMeister wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:38 pm
There are two sets of rules for flying any aircraft: VFR and IFR.
  • VFR stands for Visual Flight Rules
  • IFR means Instrument Flight Rules
Depending on the weather conditions a pilot may opt for one set of rules or the other.
Thanks for that.
Every day is a school day!
StrapMeister was spot on.

Very simply, when navigating in Visual Flight Rules you fly a series of legs at a known heading and speed (taking wind speed and direction onto account as you can't fly in a "straight" line) that you have plotted. At the end of each leg, you check using visual reference points that you are in the correct place. You then fly the next leg and so on and so forth!

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So, what watch do you use, and, given all the variables involved, how accurate can you get in terms of location, timing etc?
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Re: When was the last time you used your timer on your wrist trinket

Post by Psalty » Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:27 pm

I use timers almost daily, and quite often the type of timing needed dictates the watch.
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Re: When was the last time you used your timer on your wrist trinket

Post by smegwina » Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:46 pm

Ian Mc wrote:
smegwina wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:22 pm
Ian Mc wrote: Thanks for that.
Every day is a school day!
StrapMeister was spot on.

Very simply, when navigating in Visual Flight Rules you fly a series of legs at a known heading and speed (taking wind speed and direction onto account as you can't fly in a "straight" line) that you have plotted. At the end of each leg, you check using visual reference points that you are in the correct place. You then fly the next leg and so on and so forth!

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So, what watch do you use, and, given all the variables involved, how accurate can you get in terms of location, timing etc?
You can use any watch that is clear and easy to read. I normally use a flight timer for "stopwatch" duty. (One in the panel, and one on the kneeboard) but you also have an ETA for the end of each leg (updated on the fly). When communicating with ATC you check time remaining in the leg, check the watch and give them the ETA based on the two.

Every watch I fly with has a chrono on it just in case, and I do use it every now and then as it is a different set of skills and always good to have just in case the others fail.

VFR nav is pretty accurate, providing the legs are not too long and certainly gets you to where you can see the VRP to start the next leg.

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Re: When was the last time you used your timer on your wrist trinket

Post by atnits » Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:53 pm

This evening, to time the porridge in the microwave. Exploded after 3.5 minutes. (The porridge, not the watch.)

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Post by smegwina » Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:58 pm

atnits wrote:This evening, to time the porridge in the microwave. Exploded after 3.5 minutes. (The porridge, not the watch.)
Porridge is a dangerous game to play in the microwave. As is trying to microwave an egg in one of those plastic poacher things.

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Re: When was the last time you used your timer on your wrist trinket

Post by Ian Mc » Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:36 pm

atnits wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:53 pm
This evening, to time the porridge in the microwave. Exploded after 3.5 minutes. (The porridge, not the watch.)
Noooooo! Disaster!
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Re: When was the last time you used your timer on your wrist trinket

Post by KevinB » Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:49 am

Last week to know when to change the laundry to the dryer. :D

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