RunRyder RC
 6  Topic Subscribe
WATCH
 1 page 1057 views
HelicopterAerial Photography and Video › new experience...cold weather flying
11-28-2005 02:01 PM  12 years agoPost 1
DANNO

rrKey Veteran

St. Petersburg, Florida

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

wow, i sure have alot more respect for all you guys flying all year long in the colder climates....its not easy i found out over the weekend....

after a handfull of unsuccessful out of state bids, we finally got our first out of state AP job....located in the beautiful town of portland maine....

preparing to have all the gear transported on the airline was easy either. I bought the extra large SKB hard case and foam. I was able to fit the maxi, camera mount, and powersupply in that case. I bought a small rolling chest from home depot to carry the 2 transmitters, batteries, monitor, chargers and tools....after stresssing out that the skb case was larger than 80 linear inches (length + width + height), the upper limit for all checked bags, i drove to the airport a day earlier to find out if there would be a problem. Aparently the check in agents were not even aware of any 80 linear inch limit and told me there would be no problem checking in the case....and luckily when we went back the next day to actually check in, there was no problem....we didnt even have to pay a excess size fee!

so we arrive in portland on thanksgiving day...its cold, and snowing. the next moring is beautiful until i step outside and its 28 degrees and windy....after attempting to get some work done, i realized i cant fly the heli with gloves on. so my fingers freeze, and are actually the limiting factor on how long i can fly at a time. after the morning shots are done we stop downtown at the LL Bean factory outlet store and buy some appropriate winter attire.

anyway, the hardest part of this job was simply operating in the cold weather....a transmitter mit is a must i think.....and extra rx batteries! we would get about 10 min of operating time before the rx batteries went down to the "low" voltage range....

all in all though it was a success. spent 3 nights in one of my favorite cities flying rc helis and got paid.....not a bad gig.......

www.skypiximaging.com

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
11-28-2005 02:36 PM  12 years agoPost 2
the19hole

rrApprentice

Lexington, KY

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

So DANNO, where's the pics. You can't have a great story like that and have nothing for us.

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
11-28-2005 04:25 PM  12 years agoPost 3
wedge

rrElite Veteran

Victoria BC, Canada

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

I started out flying gliders over 15years ago, and well flying off the slope over the ocean in Canada in the Winter is FREKIN COLD, with the wind chill and all, what I used to do was wear gloves and cut the tips of the fingers off that I needed to use, it really helped allot, try it it may work for you.

Victoria BC, Canada, Century Swift,Trex SA 450, Hummingbird V3.

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
11-28-2005 05:06 PM  12 years agoPost 4
DANNO

rrKey Veteran

St. Petersburg, Florida

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

heres me with the new maxi2 trying to stay warm after a flight.


heres a view of the harbor at sunrise. its unedited and will soon be part of a stitched panoramic.

heres an unedited view of downtown...also will be part of a stitched pano...

Dan

www.skypiximaging.com

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
11-28-2005 05:08 PM  12 years agoPost 5
R Hudson

rrKey Veteran

Denver, CO

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

YEP!

A transmitter mitt is the ONLY way to go.

I've tried flying with gloves and it's just all wrong.

I'll usually fly until it is down to about 10 degrees with no wind. Below that, I'm just shaking too much to fly very well.

I wish helis were as easy as planes in colder weather!

PM  EMAIL  Attn:RR  Quote
11-28-2005 05:59 PM  12 years agoPost 6
Panomaniac

rrApprentice

Croatia - Adriatic coast

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Danno, is it little too messy situation with wires on your Joker. Every wire goes in different direction

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
11-28-2005 10:02 PM  12 years agoPost 7
shootfromabove

rrApprentice

Eagle River, Alaska

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Dan,
We are having a bit of a cold snap up here, and here a couple of things that work for me.
1 Transmitter mitt, very important!
2 Heat pack in the mitt.
3 Heat packs in your shoes are nice
4 If you are flying glow fueled, start it inside warm area

With all that I was out doing some night flying last night in a temp of
-15F!
Pat

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
11-28-2005 10:15 PM  12 years agoPost 8
DANNO

rrKey Veteran

St. Petersburg, Florida

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

ouch! -15 seems pretty freekin cold to be flyin! it sure was nice getting back to st pete though....75 here today

www.skypiximaging.com

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
11-28-2005 11:46 PM  12 years agoPost 9
tech1

rrVeteran

Mississauga

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

The only thing worse than freezing fingers is not flying at all for a whole winter.

Sometimes you just have to say screw it----I'm going flying. There isn't as much chit chat after the flights though.

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
11-28-2005 11:47 PM  12 years agoPost 10
the19hole

rrApprentice

Lexington, KY

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Where do you guys get your transmitter mitts? Sorry off topic.

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
11-29-2005 01:06 AM  12 years agoPost 11
R Hudson

rrKey Veteran

Denver, CO

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

PM  EMAIL  Attn:RR  Quote
11-29-2005 02:20 AM  12 years agoPost 12
RoadkillBC

rrApprentice

SE Wisconsin

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

The Mongo Mitt is indeed a must-have item for cold weather flying, however, you'll want to watch that sheepskin material around your switches as there's not a lot of clearance in there. I knew a guy who had that problem once...

Hey Danno, is that the General Laser IR unit on your boom? Glad to see you got it working. I liked mine alot until I bought the CARVEC system, and now I see that there's simply no comparison (as you already know).

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
11-29-2005 04:00 AM  12 years agoPost 13
Fly-bySolutions

rrApprentice

Nothern California, Sonoma County

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

has anyone ever considered gloves with open fingertips. warm hands, same stick control. Also thos little hand warmers skiiers use might help.

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
11-29-2005 04:24 AM  12 years agoPost 14
routybouty

rrNovice

Fort Wayne, IN

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

::Waits for the next over $1,000 transmitter to have heated sticks...::

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
11-29-2005 09:12 AM  12 years agoPost 15
shootfromabove

rrApprentice

Eagle River, Alaska

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

I have tried cutting the bottom of the thumbs out of my gloves, but at least for me it wasn't too good. It seems like the aluminum sticks transfer the cold to your fingers.

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
WATCH
 1 page 1057 views
HelicopterAerial Photography and Video › new experience...cold weather flying
 Print TOPIC  Make Suggestion 

 6  Topic Subscribe

Thursday, December 14 - 10:59 pm - Copyright © 2000-2017 RunRyder   EMAILEnable Cookies

Login Here
 New Subscriptions 
 Buddies Online