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02-16-2011 06:11 PM  6 years agoPost 1
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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long beach calif

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had fun tail in hovering today but it has been really windy and i can never tell what is to windy.

i have a wind speed meter i wish i would have took it to the field today.

so what is the max speed that i should not fly in ?

15 mph wind is safe ? what wind speeds should i not hover in ?

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02-16-2011 06:14 PM  6 years agoPost 2
Zaaaguy72

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MN

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All depends on what you are comfortable with. You can turn up the headspeed a little, that seems to help a little in wind. I personally have flown in 30mph wind and still had fun. Landing is a little trickier as you get a little extra lift sometimes and lose lift other times. I know guys who fly no matter how windy it is, but at a certain point, fighting the wind is not much fun. It is up to what you are comfy with man.

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02-16-2011 06:24 PM  6 years agoPost 3
swat310

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The way I tell is walk out side look at a tree. If the tree is a moving My 450 stays in. and ill bring out my 600 or 550

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02-16-2011 06:36 PM  6 years agoPost 4
Dwntyme

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Like this

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02-16-2011 06:40 PM  6 years agoPost 5
JasonJ

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North Idaho

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I've been flying for awhile and 10 mph is my limit. I can fly beyond that but the fun drops and it becomes work. Sometimes though it's fun but most of the time it's work. You have to learn to fly in some wind eventually though. You know it's too windy when you lift off and your shorts get sucked into your colon.

No way would I fly in 30 mph wind. I find it hard to believe anyone flies in 30 mph wind. I am usually chasing garbage cans in 30 mph winds. What I would like to know is if people are confirming their wind speeds with anenometers or just guestimating? I know wind can feel strong but wind speed is almost always grossley over estimated. Looking on a website for speeds in a given area is not accurate either. Unless the wind gauge is at the field you are flying, it will be very different from where the wind gauge actually is. One of our guys has an anenometer and the 15-20 mph people think the wind is has always been 5-8 mph.

Not saying people haven't done it, I am sure they have, I am just wanting to know how they are determining wind speed. I still remember the guy a few years back on one of the forums saying he flew in 80mph winds. I don't think it's improbable, I think it's impossible.

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02-16-2011 06:43 PM  6 years agoPost 6
Zaaaguy72

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Last years fun fly in Vegas had 20mph winds with 30 gusts and everyone kept flying like a calm day.

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02-16-2011 06:43 PM  6 years agoPost 7
chopper_crazy

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it's all with what you are comfortable with. don't push your limits and risk crashing your heli or hurting someone. gradually fly in more wind throughout the year and by the end of the year you will say "wind" what wind??

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02-16-2011 06:49 PM  6 years agoPost 8
JasonJ

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Last years fun fly in Vegas had 20mph winds with 30 gusts and everyone kept flying like a calm day.
It's the gusts I don't care much for. Steady wind is always more fun.

Also, wind at a field is different than wind near buildings. WC seems to do his thing near buildings a lot. That can add some interesting characteristics to the wind, with swirls coming off the corners of buildings and such. if you are going to fly in wind, do it in open areas. Much easier to deal with.

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02-16-2011 06:54 PM  6 years agoPost 9
hbk2owner

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indianapolis,​Indiana

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For me i don't need to check at all. i just plug up and go fly. i flew in 30mph with 40mph gusts. I'm crazy bout flying.
But anyways it just depends on your flying. if you been flying long enough and confident enough with the wind speeds then do it. Just try it if you want to. that's how you find out is just try. I remember when 5mph was alot when i first got into the hobby. Now i just think when is it going to be calm? hardly ever so i said heck with it.

Just do what your comfortable with and go have fun.

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02-16-2011 07:15 PM  6 years agoPost 10
Darren Lee

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It greatly depends on your experience level, the heli's size/weight and whether it's flybarless. I have no issue whatsoever flying my FBL N5 in 20mph gusts. Above that, no thanks.

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02-16-2011 07:27 PM  6 years agoPost 11
Billingsnutz

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I flew the evening before Katrina hit with a Hawk Pro. I'm guessing the gusts were anywhere from 15-35 mph and may have been a little more than that. Flying down wind is the fun part. Upwind.. not so much.

I think flying in the wind is mostly mental. My father will walk outside with his 60 size and if the tops of the trees are moving he'll go back inside.

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02-16-2011 07:37 PM  6 years agoPost 12
helidevil

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its too windy if you have to yell to the person next to u (a foot away) usually i just screw it and do autos lol

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02-16-2011 07:45 PM  6 years agoPost 13
sharam

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too windy if you can't get the heli back upwind after having flown downwind!

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02-16-2011 08:05 PM  6 years agoPost 14
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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long beach calif

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understood and id like to thank you all.

the heli seemed very stable tho at times thr wind would push it up and then push the heli down.

i was able to give or take more pitch that was easy.

toward the end i dunno what happened but it was a wild and fun ride .

i think it must have been a gust .

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02-16-2011 08:17 PM  6 years agoPost 15
heli-cuzz

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Pittston, Pa. USA

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My decision if its too windy or not is, if I can run faster into the wind than my heli can fly, then its too windy.

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02-16-2011 08:18 PM  6 years agoPost 16
Scott Anderson

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Enterprise, Al

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my limit is 25mph for heli's and about 15 to 20mph for airplanes

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02-16-2011 08:21 PM  6 years agoPost 17
Richardmid1

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Leeds, England

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I dont mind wind as long as its not straight in my face, eyes start watering etc.

The best direction for me is coming from behind me, keeps your hands and face warmer in the winter!

I limit my flying to stuff I know off by heart when its too windy.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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02-16-2011 08:22 PM  6 years agoPost 18
GyroFreak

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Orlando Florida​...28N 81W

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It is the gusting and swirls that takes all the fun out of flying for me.

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

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02-16-2011 09:27 PM  6 years agoPost 19
rilopez825

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Pembroke Pines, FL

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I don't mind the wind. Time to pratice Autos

Richard

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02-16-2011 10:09 PM  6 years agoPost 20
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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long beach calif

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i did take a chance to setup my gyro gain in the wind as well.

and for the few seconds it was in the air it did seem more stable then the 450.

but with the wind came the rain so i have tomorrow to try again

i just had to come home and get some advice from you professional pilots

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