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11-25-2006 05:19 AM  11 years agoPost 1
unklpunk

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its supposed to drop down to -28c this weekend,.. with out the windchill,.... thinking about flying just to say it was done,... whats the coldest temp anyones flown in ? how will the radio's/ reciever's react in that much cold,... batteries? nicads? drycell's?
gyro's?,..ant input would be welcome,...

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11-25-2006 05:34 AM  11 years agoPost 2
dkshema

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-19C, about -2 F. Cold Cold Cold. Back in the late 1970's, trying to get an American RC Helicopters Revolution 40 in the air. Nice and sunny, little wind. Did I say COLD? Not worth it.

Dave

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11-25-2006 12:58 PM  11 years agoPost 3
CXD

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-25C THAT was cold.
i dont dare flying in colder temps than that.
the plastic was very brittle after that flight, could have ended in a crash( oh dear)

Dumb Thumbing doesn't apply to pinchers!

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11-25-2006 02:50 PM  11 years agoPost 4
unklpunk

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here is the plan: 4 aa alkine in a batt holder(not sure if the nicads will work in temps that cold), start the ever trusty raptor in the back of the van,... jump out, take off, fly/freeze, land. hopefully with video.

cxd, nice gallery

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11-25-2006 03:07 PM  11 years agoPost 5
dkshema

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Alkaline battery performance at cold temps is not any better than nicads. You're not buying any extra protection using them. Plus, using a 4-cell battery holder is adding an extra amount of trouble you might not otherwise consider.

Dave

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11-25-2006 04:03 PM  11 years agoPost 6
unklpunk

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thx, the other option for the nicads is to fast charge them just before we fly, build in some heat. i dont the flight will last long. deffinatly wont be a tank.

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11-25-2006 04:27 PM  11 years agoPost 7
NitroSpazzz

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I try to fly at least 3 times a week and fly until it gets to about -5 or -10F, anything lower than that and its just no fun.

Blake

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11-25-2006 04:28 PM  11 years agoPost 8
MrMel

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Dont remember how cold was the coldest, but I managed to crash at -7C or so and it was like dropping glass on concrete... Not recommended.

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11-25-2006 06:30 PM  11 years agoPost 9
AlanR8

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Flew a couple of years ago at about -5C. I was warm 'cos there was no wind. About 3:30 pm a mist started forming close to the ground....

Iced blades!

Look out for it if you fly in cold damp conditions

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11-25-2006 06:48 PM  11 years agoPost 10
MJWS

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LOL. Way too much time on your hands man. If your're goin for a record maybe you can tag -30 on Monday. Nice little 8am flight before work Great power, nice dense air... what more could a guy want.

I've been below -15 with no jump in and out of the car deal. I still haven' figured out why. I must have been very sick with this disease. Peaked my batts every flight.

Good Luck.

Mike

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11-26-2006 09:17 PM  11 years agoPost 11
r2helis

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I fly year around also. A -10F on nicads is about as cold as I have flown. The machine does fine when it gets that cold, but I don't. (brrrrrrr) Is this a great hobby or what.

Pound for Pound, Heli's are a blast..... Roland

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11-26-2006 09:43 PM  11 years agoPost 12
AH-1 pilot

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ice
A guy in England, showed pics of ice that formed on his blades just from a 10 min flight...I think it was foggy and cold.

Michael

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11-26-2006 10:22 PM  11 years agoPost 13
Ronnie

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I've flown quite a bit in -25 degree C weather, just a few things to watch for, if your heli has a black main gear ( had a few of them break ), check your belt tension ( if its belt drive of coarse )tighten it up a bit, GYRO TAPE, ( thats a big one, make sure its good tape and fairly new ), make sure theres no loose plastic links, they'll get a lot looser if that temp ),
Flying in that temp cost me a few helis for sure, but, gotta do what cha gotta do, :-) .
Good luck.
Ron

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11-26-2006 10:48 PM  11 years agoPost 14
Herc

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I flew a lot last year around -22 to -25 and had no problems. Receiver batteries didn't last as long but had no problem starting the engine after taking the heli out of the truck. I never let it sit too long after refuelling before starting again. I'd usually only fly three or four flights and then call it quits. I'm only 5 minutes from where I fly though.

DON'T spill nitro on your hands at that temp! It isn't nice.

We're supposed to be getting the same temps as you unklpunk except on Monday. It's snowing pretty good right now with about 4'' on the ground.

I got a radio mitt last week and have it already to go. It has sheepskin on the inside and a pocket for a hand warmer pack. Should be a lot more comfortable than last year with just thin gloves.

Cheers, Shayne

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11-26-2006 10:52 PM  11 years agoPost 15
SkateFreak

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I flew my R50's maiden flight in a snow blizzard *grins*.
30 meters visability
I only did it because i could and it was soooo cool
Wasnt too cold though as we'r in the uk haha.

-Jvr

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11-27-2006 12:38 AM  11 years agoPost 16
BC Don

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How'd you do?

I figure that if the Heli is kept nice and warm while heading out to the field then you shouldn't have as many problems. But, if you leave the Heli out for awhile then as it gets cold you'll start to experience cold related problems. I've flown in cooler weather and the plastic parts do get brittle. As well I'd be concerned about the balls shrinking more than the ball links meaning the Heli would be more susceptible to popping off links.

BUT, the denser air would be of benefit. Oh, you'll want to keep the Heli warm for starting as well otherwise it'll take awhile.

Me, I'm sitting on the couch

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11-27-2006 01:05 AM  11 years agoPost 17
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Herc,

Been hearing on the news that you guys seem to be getting the short end of the stick this year in the weather, it's about time. We've been sitting all month with mild temps, we usually have some snow at this point


unklpunk,

Just shy of -30C on a clear night with my P.O.S. Dragonfly 22D last year. Flight lasted about 2mins due to the tail drive shaft gear striping in flight. Managed to land on the ice crusted snow in my front yard only to have pretty much anything plastic break or crack on it I don't think I'll fly my plastic-clad Raptor in the cold this year, so I bought (x-mas gift from my wife ) a Expo3D foamie for the indoor flying season at the local high school gym.

Marc

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11-27-2006 01:35 AM  11 years agoPost 18
Herc

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Hey Marc,

We're pretty used to it here in the mountains. It's a tad early for such cold temps but the snowfall isn't anything we're not used to. We had a week of -15 just before Halloween and I think that kind of tempered us for the weather we're about to get.

Nice area of Ontario you live in. Never got over to Sudbury but spent a few years in Petawawa and I'm sure the scenery and climate is close.

Cheers, Shayne

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11-27-2006 02:07 AM  11 years agoPost 19
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It's very beautiful over here. We have a lot of marshes and rock and such and it makes for (in my opinion) amazing scenery. It looks almost fairy tale like in the morning when you see the fog rise off the waters and you see all the the old and dead trees and stumps sticking out of the water, eerie yet relaxing all in one . Most of Northern Ontario is like this.

The furthest I have been out towards your end is Manitoba, which doesn't leave me with much to gauge on, all though the Bison farms were kind of cool. I have heard that BC has it's fair share of amazing scenery especially with the Rockies.

Marc

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11-27-2006 02:24 AM  11 years agoPost 20
JeremyZ

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Round Lake Beach, IL - USA

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here is the plan: 4 aa alkine in a batt holder(not sure if the nicads will work in temps that cold), start the ever trusty raptor in the back of the van,... jump out, take off, fly/freeze, land. hopefully with video.
If you want to try cold weather flying and need AA size cells for your slimer, try lithiums. Not lithium polymer or lithium ion. Just the Energizer or Duracell lithium AAs. They have a 12 year shelf life, work in extreme cold, don't leak just from sitting, and have double the energy density of alkalines. The only thing is that they're $3 per cell or so.

I flew planes in 6°F (-14°C) once, and managed to con my wife into videoing it for me. That was an achievement, though I don't think I'll ever accomplish that again. I think it was a brushless 48" EPP flying wing.

I flew my Honeybee in about 32°F (0°C) once. A slightly rough landing resulted in broken parts. Not cool. Maybe you fellows with the all aluminum birds will make out better. I'm sure we'll get desparate up north here in another month or so.

"Well begun is half done." -Aristotle

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