February 2002 Issue

Letters: 02/02

Sweet Relief
Ref your article on personal relief devices in the January issue, great review of perhaps the least-covered aviation products.

My experience with waste handling started in cross country soaring. Fuel stops were definitely not an option and in the early 1980s, I was surprised to find out how many competition sailplane pilots used various dehydration strategies to deal with the problem. 

Part of the challenge was probably related to the difficulty of getting water to flow uphill while lying in a prone position.  Some lessons learned: Never play with dehydration.  It will diminish your skills and will catch up with you sooner or later. Drink normally.


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