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09-16-2007 12:57 AM  10 years agoPost 1
Dave_E

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Greetings to all I haven't met on the TRex page. I'm a new pilot, got the hover down pat, am starting to "wander" around the front yard and street, mostly tail-in stuff, occasionaly getting up 20', but mostly chest high. Today I flew in what I called "trying" conditions. Now get this... the flag on the house just had a lazy wagging going on, and had my hands full trying not to crash! Updrafts, then a "oh sh**" big throtle recovery as a downdraft is slamming it onto the ground, I was like a yo-yo. Anyway... is sport flying harder in the wind than 3D? Do you do 3D in the wind? Dave

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09-16-2007 01:03 AM  10 years agoPost 2
Pistol Pete

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mostly chest high.
consider flying above head level...any part that could potentially shoot out will be...well...over your head.
is sport flying harder in the wind than 3D? Do you do 3D in the wind?
yes and sometimes...wind is one of the main causes of crashes...even for planes...keep practicing and some day you will be able to fly in 10+ knots winds like a nothing.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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09-16-2007 01:53 AM  10 years agoPost 3
wlfk

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I have a T-rex and a hang-glider, and I'm about the same stage as you in learning to fly the heli.

One thing that's drummed into hang-glider pilots is that windspeed isn't nearly as important as whether it's gusty or steady, and whether there are obstructions that are causing turbulence anywhere near. If you're behind a tree, you might find that as you fly through a vortex you get slammed down at 1m/s then up at 1m/s. But that's only 2mph in either direction. Flying in a steady wind (e.g. on a beach) of 10mph is no less stable than flying forwards at 10mph.

Hovering indoors is a handful, even though there's no wind at all.

K

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09-16-2007 03:58 AM  10 years agoPost 4
bmw

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Dave_E
I'm guessing that your T-rex is a 450? Small heli's will be affected more by the wind then a larger heli. I have flown my 60 in a steady 25 mph wind with gusts to 30 mph. with no real problem, I would not want to fly my 30 size in that kind of wind. Wind is always a factor with sport or 3D flying. Watch the Pro's in a strong wind they will get bounced around but their skill level makes it look easy it takes a lot of time and practice. Don't let the wind scare you but at the same time DON'T be foolish

Runway? what runway??

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09-16-2007 10:56 PM  10 years agoPost 5
Dave_E

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I listen to all and obey. Of course I'll stick with it, I know guys who have tried heli's and never got past the hover stage and quit. Every step is a new challenge. Getting the 450 higher than eye level has been fffffffun...I think. Just kidding. Having a ball, total adiction. I'll be 51 in a couple months, flew RC 25 years ago, never got out of my system, knew it was one of those things I'd come back to. Dave

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09-17-2007 07:36 AM  10 years agoPost 6
Eartaker

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I am just a little bit ahead of you in flying it sounds like and I try to fly in the wind if I can just because it helps me learn more and makes my reaction times faster. You will really be working the controls though

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09-18-2007 03:39 AM  10 years agoPost 7
billm

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Hovering in the wind can be tough. It's a good thing as it will teach you collective managment. Just when things are good, a gust of wind will hit and the ship ballons on ya.
With my scale ship I fight the wind as the surface area is larger then a pod and boom ship like yours.
Sounds like your getting the bug.
My no fly zone in the wind is 15MPH or higher. If your just learning 10 would be a heck of a target no fly.

My name is Billm. Cough, and I'm a Heli Holic

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09-18-2007 03:05 PM  10 years agoPost 8
Yug

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am starting to "wander" around the front yard and street
- have you considered how dangerous this is in the street

If it's windy in a built up area, you'll also have to contend with eddy currents in all directions. Do it in a safe flying area.

Vegetable rights and Peace

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