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We have had a few high ones recently,personally I never bother about it, does any one pay attention?
Has anyone ever been affected?
 
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No, I haven't had any problems. I fly every day unless it snows or rains or its too windy. Kp index is nothing to me. Maybe in some peoples minds I should pay attention to it but I don't.
 

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I never look at the kp index before going out for flying but yes if someone tells me it's a bad day, I don't fly.


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There are many threads on this and plenty of opinions . I have flew when it was reported as being high just to see
and never had any issues .
Just my 2 cents .
 

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That thing told me its not good to fly today.. Its sunny not a cloud in the sky and the winds are only 4 mph, I went out and flew no problems. I think that site and app is nonsense.
It's not non-sense, just a non-issue.
 
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I noticed that today (12/21/16) KP is at "6". I've never seen it that high before.
 
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I'd rather be safe than sorry. I have added this to my pre-flight checklist. If it shows kp >= 5, I take the bird up about 10 or so feet and monitor the GPS/satellite conditions. If look good, I get braver and fly farther. That said, I think it's good to at least be aware of this.
 
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Folks like @msinger say it's a non factor... he's been at this a long time. I give it absolutely no credence and fly without considering it.


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As a ham radio operator, I watch the KP indices daily. The effect they have is on radio signals. High KP has a tendency to overpower some signals so it would probably cause an RTH earlier that expected.
 

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