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04-21-2009 04:31 AM  9 years agoPost 1
Buckeyefanatic

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I have a T-Rex 450, has anyone else tried flying in 35mph winds with 40mph gusts?....it's pretty crazy, the wind bumped my heli by 10 foot increments....once I got it in a somewhat hover I figured I shouldn't of been attempting to fly with such wind velocity, it took me about a good two mins just to bring it down safely.

I'm still new at RC helis, about 2 months now......and everyone says if you can't fly in wind, you'll never fly. I usually fly when the wind is around 15mph and sometimes when its at 20mph. Still was pretty cool with such high winds.

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04-21-2009 04:41 AM  9 years agoPost 2
duceduc

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if you can handle it, go for it. However, if the wind picks up the heli while on the ground, don't fly.

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04-21-2009 05:38 AM  9 years agoPost 3
TJinGuy

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I have flown my Esky King2 in 35mph+ gusts as well as my Raptor 30 in similar winds. Of course "flown" is a little bit of an exaggeration ... more like try to keep it in the air and try to keep it in a general location. The King2 was bouncing up and down, requiring full throttle stick movements just to counter it. The Raptor simply required super fine cyclic control or it would rise and fall 10ft at a time, instantly! Hard to believe until you see it first hand but with some decent hovering skills, it is very doable.

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04-21-2009 05:53 AM  9 years agoPost 4
HeliFisher

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I've been flying in the wind since I went to the Vegas fun fly. Someone there told me that in FAI and F3C, they judge everybody the same in winds from 0 to about 33.5 mph. (They measure in meters/sec.)

I've been flying alot more lately because of that, and it's paying off!

The less a man makes a clarative statement, the less likely he is to look like a fool in retrospect.

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04-21-2009 05:57 AM  9 years agoPost 5
RaptorMan23

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Sioux City, IA

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I can do 3D with my raptor 50 in about 20-25 mph winds but anything over that its just not fun anymore. But I can fly in about anything if Im just doing circuits.........but why, just wasting fuel

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04-21-2009 09:57 AM  9 years agoPost 6
JRjoe

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Around here we say, " if your waiting for the wind to die down, you ain't flying".......


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04-21-2009 12:50 PM  9 years agoPost 7
predatorman

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Well done for flying is those conditions gets pretty windy where I live...and I like it. The Trex 450 is a capable heli, it gets underestimated IMO.

I really dont like flying the gasser in calm conditions, the more breeze the better Flew it a few times were she just chucked around like a Trex on a windy day...what a HOOT!!!

Makes you a better flyer I reckon.

Quality takes........time!

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04-21-2009 04:28 PM  9 years agoPost 8
JuanRodriguez

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I'm still new at RC helis, about 2 months now
Looking at the "practical" side of things, you need to consider safety as part of this overall equation...... Damage to your equipment aside, the chances of you hurting yourself or others around you should cross your mind when making that "go/no go" decision....

Safety should be your formost consideration given your relatively short time in this aspect of the hobby......

Flame suit on.......

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04-21-2009 04:39 PM  9 years agoPost 9
USNAviationjay

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anything past 25mph sustained just isnt fun at all even on the .50s for me.

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04-21-2009 04:41 PM  9 years agoPost 10
TJinGuy

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Just a point here man but preaching safety on an online forum is well, mostly useless and just kills the mood. People are either going to be safe or they are not, and nothing you say is going to change that. Besides flying rc helis of any kind is not safe ... period. Any number of things can happen to any level of pilot. It is a risk we are willing to take just like so many others in our daily life. I say if a new pilot wants to toss his heli around in the wind and build some skills, or simply wants to see if he can do it, power to him.

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04-21-2009 05:48 PM  9 years agoPost 11
playfair

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Rochester, NY

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Especially when starting out, flying in gusty wind is pretty much the BEST collective management practice you can get!

A few flights like that and you'll easilly pass the stage where you think, "need to make a collective pitch adjustment", as it will be automatic!


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04-21-2009 07:01 PM  9 years agoPost 12
chopper_crazy

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Delphos, Ohio

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about 25mph is my limit. Anything more than that and it is not enjoyable. You have to work too hard to keep it in one spot.

It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!

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04-21-2009 07:15 PM  9 years agoPost 13
JuanRodriguez

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TJinGuy ,
Yup, that's why I ended my "rant" with "Flame suit on"....... cause I knew you were coming right along !!!

Seriously, I do respect your opinion but whether or not it "spoils the mood" as you say, someone has to take the "responsible" approach and at least point out that flying under those conditions, specially with 2 months in the hobby under his belt, is probably not the most prudent thing to do......

And here's something else that will surely spoil your mood....... If this fellow has an accident flying his toy helicopter in such conditions and winds up injuring someone in the process of "having fun", I hope he as a great attorney for the lawsuit that will surely follow....... And, take a look at the AMA safety code...... I doubt seriously that any insurance would protect him given the complete lack of good judgement and good common sense...... Believe it or not, there may even be criminal liability involved....... Yes, CRIMINAL LIABILITY !!

"The risk you are willing to take", as you say, is multiplied EXPONENTIALLY when you take an unnecessary risk like that.

But you are right...... Those that are safe will continue to be safe and those that are reckless will continue to be reckless no matter what anyone says.....

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04-21-2009 07:42 PM  9 years agoPost 14
predatorman

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Well people might take things on board IF they know that they are being reckless and need to back down a bit.

Safety is something to uphold, but if a flyer is out there, with no one else, and wants to fly in strong winds then why not? The flyer is only risking the model.

Thats strong conditions for a Trex 450 though. Bet it was fighting to head into the breeze

Quality takes........time!

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04-21-2009 10:43 PM  9 years agoPost 15
BearNurse

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JuanRodriguez
I agree.
also some people don't have the common sense God gave a rock. so I don't see anything wrong with pointing out what is wrong, safety wise. aren't we here to help each other out in this hobby? we should all be thankful for any advice we see here at RR. if you don't want to hear any negative responses to your post then don't put it here. we all have a sense of responsibility to any newbie or old timer that puts out a post. if we see something wrong with what we read then by all means we should say so. I don't know how many times i put up a post and got a lot of negative feedback. after my feelings stopped being hurt. i really looked at what my fellow pilots had to say and then i learned from it.

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04-21-2009 11:02 PM  9 years agoPost 16
predatorman

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Good old pride can get in the way at times.

We had an incident here a while back now, basically a plane went AWOL and ended up over town. It came down full throttle and smashed a fence....it was frightening what could have happened ie hitting a child or any number of other things.

It transpired that the flight pack was duff, and no failsafe was fitted either; which didnt help. The response was the most shocking though, no one wanted to accept that we model flyers come under the Air Laws of our respective countries.

Thankfully I think we are a bit more mature, I wont buddy lead a newbies model if I am not convinced its ok....would rather check it over carefully...and if linkages are controls are badly installed I say so...and wont fly it till its sorted out.

As for flying in general? well most flyers might 'beat up the field' and there is nothing wrong with that....its good clean fun as long as its done with some common sense. Stunts are done at a good height and away from any onlookers....so if it all goes wrong there is a nice grandstand view of a crash.

I would be more concerned with a badly maintained model being flown by an idiot than a well looked after one flown by a capable person.

Quality takes........time!

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04-22-2009 12:44 AM  9 years agoPost 17
rotormonkey

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Ottawa, ON - Canada

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I've flown my 450 in high winds too. Although it just isn't any fun when it's 30km/h and up I think. Sure you can do circuits and stuff, but when you're at full collective during flips and whatever and the wind is dragging it around, it's just not fun. I'd rather just wait for nicer weather.

As for the great debate, I'll weigh in on TJ's side here. While I agree with anyone's right to voice their opinion particularly on safety aspects, I don't see anywhere in the thread where they said there was anyone or anything around to hit.

If he was in a playground surrounded by kids, and other spectators maybe not such a good idea. I'm thinking he probably wasn't though. No need to tell him he shouldn't be flying in wind. If all he's risking is his own model, then more power to him. We all need to learn somehow.

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04-22-2009 12:45 AM  9 years agoPost 18
Wingman77

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doing autos with 450's in about 15-20 mph winds is great fun!

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04-22-2009 01:03 AM  9 years agoPost 19
trackemdown

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wind or not, as long as you can handle it is all that matters. Once you're in the air, you won't have a choice. Make the best of it and learn from your mistakes.

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04-22-2009 01:23 AM  9 years agoPost 20
LONEWOLF2440

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Seems it always windy when i fly today i say 25 to 30

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