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Hurricane Sandy- Prep now!!

From: Andy Z.
Sent on: Friday, October 26, 2012 1:53 AM



As you are aware, Hurricane Sandy, dubbed "Frankenstorm," is on it's way up to see us!  It is forecasted to be in our area Monday night, with the strongest winds on Tuesday.


This storm is currently a tropical cyclone that is expected to combine into a powerful "noreaster" that brings heavy rain, winds in excess of 40 mph, and possibly snow.  Thunderstorms are always a possibility.  In short- this may turn out to be a bigger storm than Hurricane Irene last year!


To ensure the safety of our aircraft at POU, we would like to ask all aircraft custodians to do the following by Sunday afternoon:


Tied-down Aircraft:
1) Inspect your tie-down ropes to ensure they aren't worn. Re-tie the knots to take out the slack in the rope, using at least two knots.
2) Ensure the aircraft is properly chocked; we recommend chocking at least two wheels. If you have only one chock, place it under a main wheel- that's where most of the aircraft weight is. If you have two chocks, use them on both main wheels. Wedge the chocks firmly between the tire and the pavement; rolling the aircraft very slightly can help with this.
3) If you have any utility boxes next to your tie-down, consider removing them to prevent damage to your own aircraft or others. The tie-downs aren't designed to accomodate these boxes and don't have provisions to secure them to the pavement. If they can't be easily moved, tie them to an anchor and place sandbags or cinderblocks inside to help keep it from moving.
4) Check that your flight controls are properly secured against unnecessary movement per the POH instructions. A seatbelt can be used to pull the yoke back and to one side if a yoke pin is unavailable.
5) Check over your aircraft and ensure all openings are properly closed, cowl plugs won't become dislodged, any aircraft cover is properly snugged and secured, and the aircraft is sealed against sideways rain.
6) Inspect the area around your tie-down for potential missile hazards. POU has a history of items being picked up and hurled into nearby aircraft. If you find anything, either remove the items or contact Line Services to have them properly secured. Even if the item isn't yours, it can still hurt your plane!


Hangared Aircraft:
1) Check that your aircraft is closed up and sealed against any rain that may make it into the hangar due to sideways rain.
2) Ensure your aircraft is properly chocked.
3) Check your hangar floor for anything that may incur water damage from flooding, especially electrical components such as extension cords or heaters. Unplug unnecessary equipment.
4) Check that the main door is closed. Also ensure that the door latches are engaged and that the main door pins are secured in the floor. When viewed from the outside, the main door should look flush with adjacent doors and flat.
5) When leaving, firmly close the "people" door and lock it.


Track Hurricane Sandy here, but don't delay your preps!  If you can't get to the airport this weekend, you can call Line Services and ask them to take care of these items for you.


Hurricane Sandy


Thank you for taking care of our airport!

Andy Zastrow

President, Poughkeepsie Pilots Association

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