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03-11-2003 06:05 AM  14 years agoPost 1
wheelnet1

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Flower Mound Tx

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I just started flying (simulating) in February. I don’t even have a radio for my Caliber 30 yet. Hoping for the end of the month. I can hover in all angles, fly around and do some 3D. Working on inverted stuff. My questions are many but the one I’m asking now is; what is the average wind conditions like on a good day? How fast and strength of gusts? I’ve been watching the discussions here for a wile now and have learned a lot just from listening in on conversations. But I just wanted to say how impressed I’ve been with the pilots on this site. Most everyone is positive and encouraging to Newbies like me. This is hard to learn and it’s nice to see the operators be so great when you feel like quitting. Thanks.

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03-11-2003 12:58 PM  14 years agoPost 2
SteveH

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Texas

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Wheelnet1,

Try for a day with little or no wind for your first flights. I know that is difficult here in Texas, but they are a lot easier to fly in good conditions. As you gain experience, wind will no longer be a problem, as I've flown successfully in winds exceeding 35 MPH, wasn't much fun, but it can be done. For fun flying, I don't like wind over 15 MPH or so.

For your first autorotations, try for a day with at least 15 MPH winds as the wind gives the heli more lift and makes the autos much easier. Hope this helps.

SteveH

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03-11-2003 01:44 PM  14 years agoPost 3
Airman98

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Southern Illinois

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I agree with Steve start off with no or light wind. When the wind gets over 15 its a lot more work to keep the heli inline.
Tim

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03-11-2003 01:52 PM  14 years agoPost 4
choppernut26

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cape coral fl.

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wind GRRR everytime i fly there is some wind and startign out it is annoying and slightly scarey but to practice wind set the g2 to 4 or 5 mile an hour and smooth no gusts then add a 6 or 8 mile an hour gust later just play with the wind settings see what the heli is gonna do in varing wind conditions after a while you will be compensateing for wind and not even notice

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03-11-2003 04:27 PM  14 years agoPost 5
oaksmith

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Williamsport, Maryland

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This just happened to me. I was on my second tank of fuel ever! The wind was blowing steady about 10 mph and I just had to go out. I was doing ok until a guess of wind came. The heli went from about 6 inches off the ground to about 5 five feet in about 10 seconds. Wow!! I was able to keep it level as it blew past me. Glad I had no neg pitch because I chopped the stick. I kept it level and it bounced on the black top and slid under my F250 power stroke truck. The truck sits high and only the tips of the blades was barely hitting the a tire. Not even the covering was hurt. I got a cheap lesson that day, not to mess with that wind!!!!!!!!!!

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03-11-2003 04:40 PM  14 years agoPost 6
Kurt64

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Salladasburg, PA

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A fellow pilot once told me "If you dont learn to fly in the wind, you won't be flying much". That is very true. It is also very true that for your first attempts, make sure it is a relatively calm day with VERY low wind. It will make life much easier.

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03-12-2003 01:31 AM  14 years agoPost 7
wheelnet1

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Thanks for the input and here’s hoping for a radio!!

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03-12-2003 04:01 AM  14 years agoPost 8
Kurt64

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Salladasburg, PA

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I sent you an email.........

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