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10-05-2009 02:47 AM  10 years ago
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what_the_helli

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Who flys in the rain?
So today it was lightly raining here, I went out to the field hoping for a break. I didn't fly but some of the other guys did. I don't so much worry about the heli getting wet as much as I do my 9303. Guess it really doesn't make sense as there are electronics on the heli also.

So how many still fly and not worry about it if its just light rain?
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10-05-2009 02:55 AM  10 years ago
RaptorMan23

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Electronics and moisture dont mix, Ive done it with airplanes but thats because all the radio gear is inside the airplane. I definitly wouldnt try it with a helicopter, not really worth it
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10-05-2009 03:12 AM  10 years ago
Sonic88

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Not me. I dont need any crazy glitches from rain getting where it shouldn't. I am not that diehard. I will just sim or better yet, do homework I have been putting off when it rains.Procrastinators of the world unite ... tomorrow.
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10-05-2009 03:38 AM  10 years ago
JasonJ

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I had one day this year that had intermittent rain. I had my portashelter up, everything under it, and would fly between showers. I got caught with a bit of drizzle a few times, no big deal. I'll take that over the 35-45mph winds we have been having the last few days...
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10-05-2009 04:12 AM  10 years ago
LonR

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Not me and not worth the chance of burning electronics up.600LE,OS55,OS PowerBoost pipe,Align 610's,Spartan
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10-05-2009 04:51 AM  10 years ago
David Blain

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I guess the question is:
"How much do you like your helicopter your flying"??

Sure micro amounts of rain from forward flight would not ground the helicopter but moisture doesn't mix well period with Electronics, Electrical connections or metal parts that corrode that aren't dried properly!

Now would I fly someone else's helicopter in the rain?

Yeah baby, Inverted hovering over a puddle would make a killer picture!!
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10-05-2009 04:53 AM  10 years ago
ShuRugal

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i suppose if you properly waterproofed all your electronics and wire harnesses, it would not be a problem, but i don't see how it would be worth the risk that some moisture got in and fried your receiver in the air. imagine, say, a .90 freezing servos in level FFF... it'd just keep going until it hit something/someone or a gust of wind shot it down...AMA 700159
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10-05-2009 04:57 AM  10 years ago
Sonic88

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Inverted hovering over a puddle would make a killer picture!!
I would love to get a pic like that of mine. Maybe I will just make my own puddle. Would be really cool if the reflection showed up clearly.
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10-05-2009 05:02 AM  10 years ago
heli-cuzz

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I've had a few flights in the rain. It always started after I took off.
I worry more about my TX getting wet than my heli. The canopy does a good job keeping the rain out.
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10-05-2009 05:07 AM  10 years ago
Sam2b

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Flying helis is a gamble as it is. Why decrease your odds for a successful flight (by not crashing) by flying in the rain? RaptorMan23 said it perfectly. That's not to mention ball bearings can rust. Eh, to each his own._Sam B_
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10-05-2009 05:07 AM  10 years ago
Dood

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If you're flying nitro, your heli should be protected by a nice thin coat of oil.

I think you're more likely to get rusty hardware from a clean heli sitting around all winter than a dirty heli flying around in a couple sprinkles.

I wouldn't worry about any electronics as long as they're under the canopy. So long as you're not flying in a down pour.

But who wants to stand around outside in the rain anyways? I'll be waiting in my truck.
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10-05-2009 05:11 AM  10 years ago
Mr.Green

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I wouldn't chance it getting my tx or electronics wet.

Anybody remember the guy who left his heli gear out in the rain or snow a couple years ago and posted on here about using it again and drying it out? I think it was Foo.
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10-05-2009 05:16 AM  10 years ago
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I dont think that was Foo, but I do remember that thread.
Foo is capable of leaving a heli outside all night, but I think his would have been protected under his sheet of plexi glass.

I think that case is a little different than flying in a couple sprinkles. afterall, he left his heli sitting out on the patio all night in a heavy rain shower.
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10-05-2009 05:27 AM  10 years ago
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I think it was Foo.
It was ChickenX10. He flies full-sized planks now.
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10-05-2009 05:29 AM  10 years ago
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10-05-2009 05:48 AM  10 years ago
zaw

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I love flying in snow.

I did leave my heli out in the rain once along with tx. I went inside to charge batteries or something and damn New England weather.

All electronics worked fine afterward.
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10-05-2009 11:59 AM  10 years ago
MartyH

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I dont fly in the rain for fear of drowning my transmitter down the gimbles and for ruining my exposed gyro.
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10-05-2009 12:34 PM  10 years ago
halley

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I would love to get a pic like that of mine. Maybe I will just make my own puddle. Would be really cool if the reflection showed up clearly.
A clear reflection is pretty unlikely, given the downwash.
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10-05-2009 12:49 PM  10 years ago
itsjojo

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I do in my yard. I pop in a flight or two standing in my doorway of my garage to my hair dry. Don't want to soak her though.
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10-05-2009 12:59 PM  10 years ago
skint eastwood

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Someone at our club flew his trex 700 in the rain, he wont be doing it again in a hurry. He lost complete control of it and it just kept going straight. across the field and onwards, someone screamed at him to turn his tx off so that failsafe would kick in but by the time hed done that the trex had dissappeared with no trace.. Am expensive lesson to learn
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