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12-02-2011 02:27 AM  5 years agoPost 21
jsenicka

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Eagle River, WI

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Phoenix sim....

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12-02-2011 02:31 AM  5 years agoPost 22
Steff Giguere

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St-Eustache, Quebec,​Canada

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I use a transmitter mitten, you get used to it. We also have a heated club house, therefore out 7 minutes for a flight then back in to warm up. Winter air is great to fly in.

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12-02-2011 03:21 AM  5 years agoPost 23
Herky

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Dallas, TX

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There is TONS of flyable winter days...you just have to be prepared to run out when the weather is good at that moment!!

I have a cheapie $12 Hobby King radio mitt that is perfect for colder days in Dallas (yes snow and ice once in a while...but still flyable, mind you )

When I lived in Reno, in the winter we would get a burn barrel going out in the 'Hungry Valley' and huddle around the fire between flights.

I just got some fingerless gloves at target and some handwarmers to try this winter. also.

I agree...you made progress all summer and fall, don't stop for winter only to re-learn things in the spring!!

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12-02-2011 07:51 AM  5 years agoPost 24
skytrekin

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Youngtown, AZ

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I am not sure if their are any secrets. Just tough it out, prepare as best you can and know your limits.

Aluminum blade grips are very cold at -5 degrees out! We fly quite often in bad weather, but we are well prepared and know when to warm up.

If its not fun anymore take a break! I second the warming pads, put a couple in each pocket and your good. The cold dense air is awesome for performance!

Have fun!

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12-02-2011 01:00 PM  5 years agoPost 25
rcnut

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Rockford, Illinois

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I've been looking for a pair of thermal type gloves thin enough to fly with.

It would nice to move to a warmer climite, then I could fly all year long.

Here's a question...at what temp should I stop flying in? Protecting the heli, servos & LiPo battery.

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12-02-2011 01:13 PM  5 years agoPost 26
PJRono

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There isn't one. The only time to stop would be if it's so cold that you would incur frostbite!

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12-02-2011 02:01 PM  5 years agoPost 27
Rph1225

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Perry Hall, MD

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I found cold weather golf gloves work the best. In between flight you need mittens still, but they work for the flight

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12-02-2011 02:11 PM  5 years agoPost 28
Mike Fortin

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USA

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This may seem crazy but... move to Florida.

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12-02-2011 02:41 PM  5 years agoPost 29
rcnut

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Rockford, Illinois

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This may seem crazy but... move to Florida.
That's a simple solution. But let's get practical...job...home...family...friends (scratch that last one, can make NEW friends...heli friends! LoL)

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12-02-2011 03:35 PM  5 years agoPost 30
PJRono

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If you fly a belt driven tail heli, make sure to let the heli get cold then retighten the belt!

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12-02-2011 03:45 PM  5 years agoPost 31
Wedge77

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St. Charles Missouri​USA

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for me, since Im a thumb flyer, I just get a pair of Jersey gloves and cut the tip of the thumb out. yeah thumbs get a little cold, but it is only for a few minutes. can still work switches as I need to and feel the sticksd just like warmer months.

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12-02-2011 03:51 PM  5 years agoPost 32
GyroFreak

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Orlando Florida​...28N 81W

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Move to central Florida.

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

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12-03-2011 12:21 AM  5 years agoPost 33
JOLT

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Baltimore, MD

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If you fly a belt driven tail heli, make sure to let the heli get cold then retighten the belt!
and this is where the belt tensioners that have been showing up on more and more helis are worth their weight in gold.

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12-03-2011 12:50 AM  5 years agoPost 34
4cyclic

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Montreal, Can. and​northern Vermont

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Tx mitt a must if you fly below 32 deg f. Forget the gloves or cut off tips. You'll freeze them if it's breezy.

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12-03-2011 01:08 AM  5 years agoPost 35
Ace Dude

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USA

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12-03-2011 02:59 AM  5 years agoPost 36
AKPhill

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Soldotna Alaska​United states

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LOL you guys are funny

When you live in Alaska and fly all year.
Anywhere from 10 above to 0 degrees f for all winter long 7 months long the least of your worries is cold fingers.

Just fly

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12-03-2011 06:58 AM  5 years agoPost 37
McKrackin

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Lucasville,Ohio

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It's a hobby.
It's something you do for enjoyment.

If for some reason you can't enjoy it...don't do it.
If you feel the NEED to do it...even if it hurts...it's an addiction and you have other things to worry about.lol...

If it's too cold to fly in comfort...I don't...It's a hobby
The heli will be there tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow....Eventually,the cold won't.

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12-03-2011 10:40 AM  5 years agoPost 38
datidun

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N Ireland

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I think the TX mitt is the best option,i have put in a thin flexable plastic rod in the inside keeping the top inside mitt from touching the sticks,after a minute or so while hands have been in there a lot of condensation comes alive i think adding more heat there will be more condensation:confused

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