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12-01-2007 06:25 PM  9 years agoPost 21
tamuco

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Logan, Utah-USA

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Winter has just started here were I live. We just got our first measurable snow but temperatures have been dropping into the teens at night and not much higher than freezing during the day. By the time I get home from work it is dark so I have set up my TREX for night flying and I take it out and fly about every night.

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12-01-2007 06:55 PM  9 years agoPost 22
dialarotor

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Traverse City, Michigan

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Check Out Last Weeks Flying

http://www.runryder.com/helicopter/t384398p1/

RapRexSynLog Pilot

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12-01-2007 08:24 PM  9 years agoPost 23
BeltFedBrowning

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Kansas City

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Winter Flying

A little cold would never stop me from flying. Here is a pic of my Kalt gasser last winter.

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12-01-2007 08:28 PM  9 years agoPost 24
Steff Giguere

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St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada

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I will try to get out. When it note too cold.

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12-01-2007 09:02 PM  9 years agoPost 25
Olli-Pekka Mahrberg

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Finland, Joensuu

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We fly through the winter. About -5F In January. Can be over -20. We don't use radio mitts .

-op-

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12-01-2007 09:54 PM  9 years agoPost 26
BrunoB

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Quebec, Canada

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I've tried but the receiver batteries don't last.

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12-01-2007 10:07 PM  9 years agoPost 27
BC Don

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Calgary, AB Canada

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I fly from time to time when it is cool. As long as it it sunny and limited wind then it isn't too bad. I've flow down to about -10C or so. Flights are limited to 6 to 8 minutes as my fingers get too cold.

I've tried a mit and I don't really like it, protects against wind but really against cold.

At our club there are a few plankers out flying when the sun is out and the wind down. We have a propane heater for the club house. You end up flying, bringing your plane / heli back, get it ready for its next flight, go in and warm up you and your fingers, then out for a quick flight and repeat.

Got Money? Send it to me, I'm a Heli Addict.

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12-01-2007 10:08 PM  9 years agoPost 28
BC Don

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Calgary, AB Canada

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I fly from time to time when it is cool. As long as it it sunny and limited wind then it isn't too bad. I've flow down to about -10C or so. Flights are limited to 6 to 8 minutes as my fingers get too cold.

I've tried a mit and I don't really like it, protects against wind but really against cold.

At our club there are a few plankers out flying when the sun is out and the wind down. We have a propane heater for the club house. You end up flying, bringing your plane / heli back, get it ready for its next flight, go in and warm up you and your fingers, then out for a quick flight and repeat.

Got Money? Send it to me, I'm a Heli Addict.

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12-01-2007 11:37 PM  9 years agoPost 29
lnverted

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Markham, Ontario - Canada

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When the sun is shinny bright, i clear a spot in my backyard for my T-rex 450 to fly.... only 4 minutes flight though, because after that my fingers will be frozen.

If Environmental Canada is correct, this winter should be the coldest in 15 years so i doubt i'll be flyin my T-rex 450 much so i'll fly my CX around my house

Ben

Uh..... I swear the ground wasn't there before.....

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12-02-2007 12:49 AM  9 years agoPost 30
jay72

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huntington long island n.y.

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we fly all year we bough a raidiant heater 30000 btus we stand in front of it on the flight line keeps us nice and toasty good heater got it at home depot for 79 bucks uses your bbq propain tank and will run full bore for 14hrs on a 20lb tank

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12-02-2007 12:53 AM  9 years agoPost 31
GyroFreak

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Orlando Florida ...28N 81W

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Fall,Winter, Spring is the best time here...

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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12-02-2007 12:53 AM  9 years agoPost 32
Leon Luke

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Canada

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I do

I fly year round, up to minus 10 celcius. I just wear stretch gloves that they sell at warlmart for $.99. I am used to flying with them on now.

From last year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUOsItufXTU

Sorry I don't know how to embed.

Team AMain, JR Propo, YS Engine, Cool Power, KDE, Hatori, Eco Power Lipos

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12-02-2007 01:14 AM  9 years agoPost 33
w8qz

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Grand Rapids, MI - USA

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I try to get out and fly in the winter when there's a bit of a break in the weather. Either has to be lunchtime at work, or else on Saturday. I like my transmitter mitt. Made from some plans I found on the internet. My mitt has a clear window, so you can see the transmitter switches, etc., but it fogs up after a few minutes. I think a plain mitt would be better - shouldn't need to look at the transmitter anyway. I agree - the receiver pack doesn't last as long - but it I get a flight or two in, I'm happy. Autos work better in the cold - that nice dense air helps. Local club here has a 'winter fly' in January - they plow the snow off their field, have a big chili feed, and a bonfire. An enjoyable time.

"The helicopter is much easier to design than the aeroplane, but is worthless when done."

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12-02-2007 04:01 AM  9 years agoPost 34
A. Gordon

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Farnham,Va.-USA

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We fly year round here in virginia, cold snaps don't usually last over a couple of weeks at a time. Not a bad place to be.

All for the spectators!!

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12-03-2007 01:02 AM  9 years agoPost 35
sticknruddr

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Boise ID

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Northern Utah

I fly year round. Ya I do not prefer the cold, but it is home and hey when you gotta fly you gotta fly. I am fortunate enough to have a big field in front of my house where I fly. 10 minute trips outside are not that bad unless it is below -25 C. As long as the wind is not more than 25-30 kts I will fly. I may be crazy but I am happy.

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12-03-2007 01:13 AM  9 years agoPost 36
Yug

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UK. Herts

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Until this year, I've flown all year round but it's the dreaded wind chill and moreover streaming eyes that get me most. There's nothing worse than not being able to see your heli and not feeling your fingers. Way too much of a guessing game. Goggles help and I've tried all sorts of gloves and my Radiowarm but they end up being a hinderance. Luckily the car (& its heater) is a few metres from the pits, and usually when it's cold, no other idiots are there so I fly where I want. Then there's the unexpected voice "excuse me you shouldn't be flying there". oops got caught

Vegetable rights and Peace

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12-03-2007 01:16 AM  9 years agoPost 37
Tioli

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Kona, Hawaii

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We fly here year round, but we bust out the tx mitts when the temp drops to 30 or so below (below 100F).

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12-03-2007 01:25 AM  9 years agoPost 38
jking

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artesia,new mexico

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we fly here all year the only thing that really gets us is the wind.and if any of you have ever visited southeastern new mexico you know what im talking about.

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12-03-2007 01:36 AM  9 years agoPost 39
Rodney

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St.Cloud,Florida

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Well for those of you that dont like the mit. I got a house for sale in Florida, No Mits required to fly all winter long.

Dx7 With Ion Power Supply. Why use anything else.

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12-03-2007 01:27 PM  9 years agoPost 40
helimatt

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Lafayette, IN

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I learned inverted on my X-400 and Trex 450 last winter (don't own a sim)- crunching out into the snow during lunch break. If the sun shines and the wind isn't blowing hard, I love winter.

Now I get to find out what nitro-soaked hands feel like in the frigid conditions. Still looking for a chance (soon) to maiden my Knight 50. I plan to get or make a TX mitt.

I also plan to do some winter night flying, because the days are so short now you gotta take what you got and make the most of it.

But it's been pretty windy lately so I'm getting rusty (and getting a few more house projects done).

When you come home with hypothermia, so that you can barely operate the car (but somehow were able to get that last flight in successfully)... you know you've got a sickness!

Never, ever, ever, ever give up.

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