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03-12-2006 10:17 AM  11 years agoPost 421
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SkateFreak - how do you propose getting your bearings out then ?

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03-12-2006 05:48 PM  11 years agoPost 422
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The English weather strikes again. Finally get my new gyro installed and my bird set up right all ready to go flying today on one of my few and far between days off and what happens 6 inch of the white stuff and a howling wind

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03-12-2006 06:55 PM  11 years agoPost 423
robhurlin

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Flt'snake'Rimme, sorry to hear of your crappy weather. My mother-in-law flew in from Kent last night & said the weather was horrible at Heathrow. I don't know how far you are from there, but clearly not far enough!
After 3 weeks away from the club our weather was a great improvement on the last few months. Sunny and warm with a good scattering of cumulous clouds and a gusty wind - sometimes gusting to 35km/h - but we still enjoyed ourselves! A few great flights on the R90 - my first tail slide with one roll (I chickened out long before terra firma!)

Rob.

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03-12-2006 07:40 PM  11 years agoPost 424
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Ummm, well guy,
i was planning to just charm them out
Nah, but i guess i'm going ot have to give it a try at some point *shrugs*
Will be an intresting experiance putting my engine in at gas mark 6 *grins*

-Jvr

Non-3D heli pilots are planker spys trying to bring down the heli community from the inside - Topher

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03-12-2006 08:31 PM  11 years agoPost 425
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robhurlin,thanks for the sympathy vote, i am about 250 miles north of Kent and its still snowing.
Glad you had fun with your R90 I still have to learn to fly my R30.

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03-12-2006 08:44 PM  11 years agoPost 426
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Weather has been great this weekend but everything else went pair shaped. Got to the club about 10.30, some git had pinched 3 off our newley made tables, the got the Avant out tried out the new settings on the tail, landed and destroyed the tail blades grips, hub, drive pinion and the driven gear. Great start to the day., great end to the day though, watching Duncan O do his flights to music, others have to pay to see such talent

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03-12-2006 10:02 PM  11 years agoPost 427
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Sorry to hear about your bits of bad luck. Is Duncan a regular at your field then ? Do you find it inspirational or just downright depressing
Walked out the front door to go flying this afternoon - great no wind and not tooooooo cold. Get to the field (about 3 minutes away) and it was bloody freezing and very windy - all the planks had give up (again).

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03-13-2006 05:57 AM  11 years agoPost 428
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He is there most weekend and is an inspiration to watch, just watching his hands on the sticks you think how does he do that. Just a pleasure to watch.

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03-13-2006 07:29 AM  11 years agoPost 429
robhurlin

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Hey Guy, did you show those plank guys how it's done on a cold windy day?? I always take a plank and a heli to the club and fly both when most guys are staying in their cars. When the wind is too strong I put the plank upside down in the pits on a cloth so it doesn't blow away - this is for the fun fly which weighs 1.3kg. Haven't yet had a heli blow over in the wind although the blades sometimes start turning on their own.

Rob.

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03-13-2006 08:51 AM  11 years agoPost 430
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It's a case of putting empty fuel bottles back in the car. I'm just a wimp when it comes to the cold, mainly due to the wind chill. I'm uncomfortable with gloves or radiowarm 'cos the tx and heli just don't feel right. That's the great thing about my new field, the car is a few yards away so I can warm up inbetween flights, and, yes, watch the wind spool up my heli

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03-13-2006 09:16 AM  11 years agoPost 431
robhurlin

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I don't think there is one person here who would fly in your conditions! Respect!!

Rob.

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03-13-2006 09:23 AM  11 years agoPost 432
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Hangon, patriot flys just 30 miles due west of me and I never hear him moaning. I think I'm just a wingeing old git who opens his gob at the 1st sign of displeasure

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03-13-2006 11:40 AM  11 years agoPost 433
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Hangon, patriot flys just 30 miles due west of me and I never hear him moaning.
I should hope you can't here me moaning from 30 miles away. We haven't missed a weekend due to the weather, but 2 weeks ago I didn't fly the heli but flew the wing, it was blowing so hard that it took a good few minutes to go far enough up wind to get a good screaming down wind pass, didn't realise those thing could go so fast. But must be honest, if it wasn't for the club hut there would be some weekends that I would not turn out.

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03-13-2006 02:24 PM  11 years agoPost 434
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We have never heard of flying with gloves or a radiowarm. If it is below 5 degC we don't even go out to the club. I have flown with hands going a bit blue from the cold on two occasions when I went past our old field early in the morning. Everything is relative and based on how often one can get to fly. As I mentioned before, our best weather for flying (here in Gauteng) is in the winter when the skies are clear and the wind is reasonable. Our winter nights might be relatively cold (between 8 and 2 degrees minimum, sometimes -1 or -2) but the days are very pleasant, typically 12 to 18 degC.

If we had your conditions, everyone here would be a
wingeing old git
BTW Patriot, is your "wing" a Zaggi of sorts or nitro powered?

Rob.

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03-13-2006 05:28 PM  11 years agoPost 435
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You guy's down south have it easy us northern folk are a lot tougher its only really cold when you pour your tea out and it begins to freeze It takes a lot more than a little wind and a bit of cold to stop us flying, only wish I could fly!!!! one day I hope to be able to hover in one spot.

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03-13-2006 05:48 PM  11 years agoPost 436
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Patriot, is your "wing" a Zaggi of sorts or nitro powered?
Hi Rob it's a Zaggi type called a Unicorn.
us northern folk are a lot tougher its only really cold when you pour your tea out and it begins to freeze
You Soft Northerners we only stop flying when the fuel begins to freeze

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03-19-2006 08:31 PM  11 years agoPost 437
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How was your damn English weather this weekend

We were cloudy and cool with hardly any wind. Too busy with wedding preparations to go flying. Hoping the weather is GR8 on Tuesday for the daughters wedding!

Rob.

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03-19-2006 08:39 PM  11 years agoPost 438
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Hi Robhulin weather was reasonable but a bit windy, but like you, I have not had time to fly, to busy packing everything up to move house on Tues.

All the best with your daughters wedding on Tues.

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03-19-2006 08:40 PM  11 years agoPost 439
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Hi Rob, it's often the way when you have family engagements or whatever - flying weather is fine. Me no fly this weekend either - family visiting.
Best wishes with Tuesdays wedding.

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03-19-2006 08:55 PM  11 years agoPost 440
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Thanks Guy & Patriot! Too bad you guys couldn't fly this w/e!
Guy will appreciate that I spent much of the weekend doing a trial set up of the sound system for the wedding - 4 mikes, 3 lapel mikes, 2 guitars, one keyboard, notebook pc with Audacity for recording, CD player, etc. I'm not using my Roland digital desk - my old analogue desk is the only one with enough channels - time for an upgrade - hopefully tomorrow if in stock. Used the modelling work bench for a few electrical repairs.

Rob.

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