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05-05-2005 03:19 PM  13 years agoPost 1
patriot21

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Byron,MN

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Does it matter with helis as much planes....Seems like its been 10-20mph this whole spring....what wind speed grounds you guys

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05-05-2005 03:20 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Heli88

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Clarkston, MI

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For me, much over 15mph and it starts to be less fun. But you can easily fly in higher winds.

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05-05-2005 03:21 PM  13 years agoPost 3
JohnL

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South Florida

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If you don't want to fly in the wind you aren't going to get much flying time. 25mph cross winds and I'm still taking the planes up! Flying in the wind only makes you better! I'll be flying the heli in the same type of winds if I have to. It's nice so many people are scared to fly in the wind, some days I get the sky to myself!!!

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05-05-2005 03:28 PM  13 years agoPost 4
reaganreagan

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Texas

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John I have heard that also.

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05-05-2005 03:36 PM  13 years agoPost 5
Gary

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I'll fly in the stronger winds but it's not nearly as much fun. If it's a consistent wind it's not as bad, it's the gusts is what makes it tough. Anything over 20 and I'd rather try another day.

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05-05-2005 03:44 PM  13 years agoPost 6
marked23

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Lynnwood, WA

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Windy days are for learning/practicing autos.

The translational lift that the wind provides help you float it a bit longer.

-Mark

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05-05-2005 03:56 PM  13 years agoPost 7
Kinger

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Granville, OH

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Windy days (within reason) can be some of the best days at the field. Auto's are awesome and when you climb into the wind you can make HUGE loops and very tall stall turns that you wouldn't be able to normally do. Having a 60 or 90 size heli will make it easier to fly on those windy days and actually that's one of the main reasons I'm considering buying one here soon just to use on those occasions.

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05-05-2005 04:34 PM  13 years agoPost 8
Raffy

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Depends on what type heli you fly. The 30/50 machines might be a little rough to fly at max of 15mph wind speed. The 90 size machines can easily tackle between 15-20mph wind or more for the pros.
If you are learning to fly, not a good time to fly during windy conditions.
If you know how to fly, nothing will stop your urge to fly.

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05-05-2005 04:39 PM  13 years agoPost 9
pcliftonjr

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The more you fly...the less the wind will bother you. However you need to know both you and your machines limits. I've flown my 50's in gusty 20 mph winds...that's about my limit, I'm sure the bird can handle more.

Paul

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05-05-2005 05:17 PM  13 years agoPost 10
Kraken

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Phoenix, AZ

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I'm new at this with my R50 (only on my 3rd gallon), but I quite enjoy flying in a decent bit of wind. Point your nose into it and it'll feel like you're surfing.

Another side effect - if you wait until pristine conditions...you're not going to be flying much.

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05-05-2005 05:24 PM  13 years agoPost 11
frankg11

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Bellevue, WA

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Just went out last night with R50 in what appeared to be about 25+ gusts. Makes the heli lively. I found that winds also make you much more aware of changes in the heli. I started out trying only light wind and such but now...

Just go fly. If all you can do if hover in the beginning, practice orientations. Practice slow flying 8's and basics in heavy wind.

It will make your reactions and ability to pick up wind induced changes that much better.

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05-05-2005 05:35 PM  13 years agoPost 12
BC Don

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As a newbie I find the winds a challenge. I'm OK hovering but FF is certainly more challenging (just like when I started with planes). But, if you want to fly then you'll need to fly in winds.

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05-05-2005 05:41 PM  13 years agoPost 13
Kenna

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Sweden

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Thats great when I come out to our field, (I'm the only heliflyer at our field at this point, some beginners are practiing hover sometime thou.)

All the plankflying old farts sitting and drinking coffee and waiting for the wind to calm down but I just start one heli up and can fly as much as I want by my self as long as there is to much wind for the plankers

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05-05-2005 05:43 PM  13 years agoPost 14
rsnet

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wind
when i flew in the uk many would not tackle the wind much over 15mph.
since moving to france the guys at my local even fly the little electric heli's in the wind.

we had a fly-in the other week and many travelled to the venue, but some models stayed in the cars?

if you can fly in wind, the carm days your even better. just dont do really wild stuff using lots of collective and cyclic so as not to stall the blades or induce some other nastys you cant handle and you'll be fine.

on really blustery days i actually fly the heli in 'plank stylie' as we have a tarmac runway, this way you have forward motion and dont surf the blustsy gust's quite so much as if you try and maintain a good hover to close.

get out there, why the girls are in the pits,

BTW dont stand behind as the gas makes ur eyes run!!!..and still keep the shades on,

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05-05-2005 06:13 PM  13 years agoPost 15
armageddon

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Just be careful..

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05-05-2005 06:47 PM  13 years agoPost 16
FBaity

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Tuscaloosa, AL

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Great for autos and downwind rolls are cool also.

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05-05-2005 07:17 PM  13 years agoPost 17
helibird

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St. George, UT

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Was very windy here several weeks ago, usually would have grounded me but I had made some adjustments and wanted to at least hover to test them out. Went out in 20 mph winds next thing I know I'm doing autos. They are awsome in the wind!! Took it up as high as I dared, swear it took me two minutes to get it down, dam thing will just hang up there forever!! 4 tanks of nothing but autos.

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05-05-2005 07:43 PM  13 years agoPost 18
Kraken

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Phoenix, AZ

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helibird
Status: Senior Heliman

Registered: May 2004
Location: St. George, UT
Wow...I thought St. George washed away in that last flood of yours!

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05-05-2005 07:49 PM  13 years agoPost 19
AlanR8

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Saddleworth near Manchester (UK)

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We've been flying this last 12 months in much windier conditions that in past years. Not that's it windier now in the UK, just 'cos we wanted to!

Having said that, just looked at the forecast for this weekend and Sunday is looking OK rain wise but with a 15 mph wind.

Now then....is it worth driving 27 miles to the field.........hmm.

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05-05-2005 10:59 PM  13 years agoPost 20
heligoole

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yorkshire,uk

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I'm new at this with my R50 (only on my 3rd gallon), but I quite enjoy flying in a decent bit of wind. Point your nose into it and it'll feel like you're surfing.
i can feel your point...i love surfin and heli flyin too....wind helps both sports....but as in the sea or air...the bigger the ship/board the easier the ride i fly rappy 50 v2 now ...used to fly a caliber30 as my only model...love both though....so they stay in my bedroom

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