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11-12-2005 01:01 AM  12 years agoPost 1
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La Feria TX

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Ok how much head wind can a heli fly and be safe?


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Joe Rudy Castaneda

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11-12-2005 01:51 AM  12 years agoPost 2
orlee008

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depends on the heli's setup, weight and your skills. I've flows my raptor 60 in 15 mph winds with no problem.. gets a little hard to do aerobatics and 3D but you get used to it and learn to compensate for the wind.

orlee

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11-12-2005 01:55 AM  12 years agoPost 3
spritefiend

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ive flown my sceadu 50 in 15mph gusting to 20 before.

the gusts were the worst when they blew a sh!t load of sand into my face while i was trying to hover.

overall it was an interesting experience, and i feel a hell of a lot more comfortable in lighter wind.

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11-12-2005 05:36 AM  12 years agoPost 4
NitroSpazzz

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I have flown my Raptor 30 in winds up to 20mph with 25-30 gusts. Not fun but it was interesting since all the planks were grounded, wimps I have flown my micro (MaxiR) in 10-15 mph winds and was suprised by how well it handled them compared to my hornet. I prefer no wind by far though

Blake

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11-12-2005 06:47 AM  12 years agoPost 5
spritefiend

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but it was interesting since all the planks were grounded, wimps
haha, thats the best... theyre like, ?!?!OH NOES!!! theres WIND, what are you DOING?!?!

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11-12-2005 02:23 PM  12 years agoPost 6
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La Feria TX

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This is why I asked the question

I and the newbie who is learning to hover went to the field late one agternoon. The wind was blowing hard, I guess about 25mph or more. He changed his mind and did not want to hover, and asked if I could hover in the wind. I said I could because I have done it before, so I put my X-Cell in a hover and moved it around slowly about 5ft high. But I decided to go FF high in the air to do some loops and rolls got it up wind and it was hard, when I turned it down wind it went by like a jet. I was so amazed at the speed that I forgot to turn it back toward me. It went about 350 yrds when I said sh!t and tried to get it back. I could not tell what it was doing so I put both sticks in mid and watched the heli and tried to figure out it's path, made the right inputs and flew it back and it was not easy. I fought to get it back. The newbie said that was great that he couldn't see the heli, I told him what I was do to get it back and for him not to make the same mistake, a farmer came up to us and said you guys were doing all kinds of tricks over my head, I told him thanks and packed the heli up and went home to clean my pants.

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11-12-2005 02:35 PM  12 years agoPost 7
jb_turner

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What is everyone using to determine wind speed other than Kestrel?

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11-12-2005 02:48 PM  12 years agoPost 8
NitroSpazzz

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I use Weatherunderground.com before I head to the field then if I am there and someone must know I have a web enabled cell phone so I can look it up for them. Only used the cell to look it up 2-3 times but both times there was a bet as who had guessed the correct windspeed.

Blake

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11-12-2005 06:55 PM  12 years agoPost 9
spritefiend

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local airports' atis on speed dial.

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11-14-2005 12:27 AM  12 years agoPost 10
Yug

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UK. Herts

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It's usually windy where I fly, so I've given up worrying about it and just fly whatever the windspeed. It all adds to experience and if the speed is say 30mph, then you just have to learn to be real smooth but responsive to ground eddies. Where I fly, we are surrounded by trees, and the thing I hate most is high wind rolling over the tree tops and forcing the heli down. good for experiance.

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11-16-2005 07:58 PM  12 years agoPost 11
Hoverdown3K

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Rochester, New York

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I use http://www.wunderground.com for a quick weather check, but I fly most of the time in winds up to 15mph with my T-REX, I have had it out in 25 to 30 gusts and it is a blast to fly.

I have no idea why this chopper is only rated for 5 to 7mph winds, seems like we get those days every couple of weeks

so in order to fly you have to learn to fly in high winds.

My T-Rex with carbon main blades works well in the wind, with wooden blades it is bery hard to fly in high winds.

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11-16-2005 08:43 PM  12 years agoPost 12
shuttlepilot

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If the leaves on the tress are just moving steady.....I would say 5 to 10. If the limbs that the leaves are on are moving steady.....I would say 10 to 20.......and so on.

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11-19-2005 11:15 PM  12 years agoPost 13
webbhost

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I have flown my Raptor 30 in winds up to 20mph with 25-30 gusts. Not fun but it was interesting since all the planks were grounded, wimps


I know that feeling i only got a few inches off the floor through, and everytime there was a gust i panicked and landed it lol

meh

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11-21-2005 12:07 AM  12 years agoPost 14
Yug

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I'm not put off by the wind, but blimey, there was NO wind this weekend. The sunset was fantastic, rich and golden so I just stuck my heli in the sun for the remainder of the last flight and enjoyed the view as a great fog of smoke slowly filled the field.

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11-21-2005 01:02 AM  12 years agoPost 15
spritefiend

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Camarillo, CA

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nothing better than a no wind day. i wish we got more of them around these parts between santa ana's, and these bastard winds coming from bastard places like arizona were getting raped by wind.

on a normal day its pretty well wind free up till 9am, with the sun rising at like, 5 if you can make it out that early its fulfilling. but im lazy and normally dont wake up till 1 on a good day so im hosed either way. if you cant beat em.

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11-27-2005 03:48 AM  12 years agoPost 16
mtnbike4522

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Idaho

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I learned to fly in 25mph winds..

sucked

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11-27-2005 04:03 AM  12 years agoPost 17
RobRoy

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Huntsville, Alabama

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I have flown my raptor 30, 50 and 90 in winds in excess of 40mph, but here in the high sierra desert if you don't fly in the wind, alot of times you plain don't fly. I flew my 50 and 90 today in probably 30+mph winds, it's a hand full, and you get some strange reactions to the disk attitude changes, but it's all good. The 30 is a reall challenge in high wind, but my 50 and 90 have alot more power and handle it much better. I can say one thing, the roll rate you get flying into a 30+mph wind is awsome.


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11-27-2005 09:28 AM  12 years agoPost 18
Yug

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Yeah, roll rate can be unbelievably fast.

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