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01-30-2012 02:48 AM  6 years agoPost 1
Colonel Sanders

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Flew today at the AMA with my Blade400 and it was fun. I didn't do anything crazy, just flying toward the wind like a weathervane then pulling back on the elevator and slingshotting the bird back a hundred feet. It was great, Does anybody else fly in the wind?

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01-30-2012 02:53 AM  6 years agoPost 2
hbk2owner

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I live here in Indy as well I was flying all day today and yesterday with my 450. The wind is fun to fly in.

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01-30-2012 03:23 AM  6 years agoPost 3
niyot

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me no like wind!!!!
it was fairly calm here in Maryland <10MPH.
Temps in the middle of next week should be in the 60's..
enjoy

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01-30-2012 03:44 AM  6 years agoPost 4
CalmAir

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I like "CalmAir"

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01-30-2012 04:38 AM  6 years agoPost 5
heliaddict2424

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Heres what can happen flying in the wind LOL.

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01-30-2012 04:43 AM  6 years agoPost 6
BladeStrikes

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Colonel Sanders
Does anybody else fly in the wind?
These are in 25+ mph winds and I have maybe close to 100 video's in wind.Live kinda close to the lake so it's normal for me.Really help's alot with collective management..

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01-30-2012 05:09 AM  6 years agoPost 7
CX1

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I have maybe close to 100 video's in wind.
only a 100

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01-30-2012 05:24 AM  6 years agoPost 8
Colonel Sanders

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Bladestrikes, those are some good vids, nice flying by the way. The wind deafinitely adds a challenge. Looks like the 600-700 size handles the wind better than my 400. Can't wait till I get my X5 in the air. The slingshots are pretty fun though.

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01-30-2012 06:37 AM  6 years agoPost 9
BladeStrikes

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Thanks and yes,the 400/450 size heli fly pretty good in high wind's .I did my first roll in 30+ mph wind's and thought I was flying 3D because I rolled it LOL .
Yeah sling shot's are alot of fun but I hate going into the wind.Sometime's I have full pitch in forward flight and the heli look's like slow-mo.

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01-30-2012 01:19 PM  6 years agoPost 10
unclejane

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I live in the southern Rockies, so I have no choice but to fly in the wind.

Some nice things about the wind:

a) helis can fly in pretty bad stuff, especially the larger sizes and if you're FBL. Or if you've adjusted your FB properly, of course (a well tuned FB won't do wierd pitching and rolling in the wind either).

b) the wind keeps the plankers away. It's a metaphysical law of our universe that no airfield ever aligns their runways with the prevailing wind direction. It's always a minimum of 20 degrees off at least. And I've not yet seen an r/c planker that could do a decent xwind landing if you paid them (even in full scale I've seen lots of guys without a clue in a xwind even tho it's vastly easier when you're inside the plane than outside). So almost all the time you'll have the field to yourself when there's a stiff wind. For a heli, tho, wind direction is a non-issue on landing.

That said, I usually draw the line at about 20mph or if there's a lot of convective activity and it's very gusty. But still I fly my 700's in conditions I wouldn't even dare take my full scale up in. Especially since going FBL, the handling in wind is a lot better...

LS

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01-30-2012 05:21 PM  6 years agoPost 11
JasonJ

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Flew today at the AMA with my Blade400 and it was fun. I didn't do anything crazy, just flying toward the wind like a weathervane then pulling back on the elevator and slingshotting the bird back a hundred feet. It was great, Does anybody else fly in the wind?
30-40 mph winds. Was this verified with an anenometer at the flying location? We go through this at the field all the time. The wind will come up and some guy will go on about it being 20 or 30 miles per hour and another guy will bust out his anenometer and it will be 10 mph winds. We finally "calibrated" the windsock so it is 10 mph when straight out. 10 mph is the limit for most of them so when they see that sock straight out they don't bother. It's nice for us who don't mind wind because we have the airspace to ourselves.

Highest wind I have flown my Rappy 50 in was around 20 and it wasn't fun at all. I'll have to try it again now that I am fbl. Highest I have flown my 450 was around 15 and it sucked. Flew my mcpx in around 8 mph wind after listening to the plankers complain while sitting on their duffs. Those of us who fly the 3D planes don't mind the wind at all, it makes it more fun and we know how to use our rudders so cross runway wind is no problem. Someone was smart when they build our runway though, it is in line with the prevailing wind so xrunway wind is rare. The plankers still don't fly when it is breezy though.

Anyway, I want to believe people when they say they did what they did but most people over estimate the wind speed they are flying in. When someone says they are flying in 20 mph wind, I can buy off on it because it's doable. 30 or 40 mph wind and you are chasing trash cans down the road. A lot of people will go fly in wind and then see what the wind was on the weather channel or internet but it doesn't work that way. The wind speed at the weather station will be different than the speed where you flew. I can't imagine trying to fly anything in 30-40 mph winds. I'm not saying it can't be done but I am saying it would be such a struggle that a person wouldn't do it for very long if their model even survived.

Please, no butt-hurt responses. I am skeptical, doesn't mean I am right. If someone posts a video of flying in 40 mph wind with a shot of an anenometer showing wind speed I will believe it and be suitably impressed.

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01-30-2012 06:01 PM  6 years agoPost 12
Swoop

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Autos are the most fun in high wind.

Chris
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01-30-2012 06:51 PM  6 years agoPost 13
Colonel Sanders

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I was just going by what the radio stations said. Guess the proper term would of been wind gusts.

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01-30-2012 07:16 PM  6 years agoPost 14
JasonJ

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At least you are flying in wind. I remember being a leaf watcher and not flying if the leaves were twitching. I'm so glad those days are behind me.

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01-31-2012 01:02 AM  6 years agoPost 15
Swoop

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At least you are flying in wind. I remember being a leaf watcher and not flying if the leaves were twitching. I'm so glad those days are behind me.
well said, I remember those days

Chris
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01-31-2012 01:14 AM  6 years agoPost 16
Jonty

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I learned to fly in Wellington New Zealand which is by far the windest city in the world. We have a large number of days when the wind is well of 60-70mph!! Granted we dont fly in plus 40mph but we do regularly fly in very high winds.

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01-31-2012 01:19 AM  6 years agoPost 17
unclejane

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Agreed on the 30 to 40mph assessment. The wind usually feels a lot stronger than it really is.

If you are flying in 30 to 40mph winds, your judgement is probably questionable anyway lol.

The wind gets up to 30kts steady here during the spring and I don't think anyone who isn't getting paid to do it flies at all during those months. The airliners and full scale helis are all up pretty much on regular schedule, but the only others are the occasional nutcase who decides to go up in a 172 in it.

I can't even safely pull my plane out of the hangar in those winds, much less go fly.

And like I said, 20mph is about the outer limit of what I'll fly my heli in. It's doable but not really a great deal of fun.

LS

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01-31-2012 05:00 AM  6 years agoPost 18
spiderco

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I always fly on windy days, it makes flying in calm days so much smoother.

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01-31-2012 01:25 PM  6 years agoPost 19
rcnut

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I always fly on windy days, it makes flying in calm days so much smoother.
So true!

New Years Day was very windy for us. Forecasted 30 mph steady with up to 44 mph gusts. Normally our club has a New Year chili fly. Put one flight in, and then eat come chili!

Well this year it was moved to the next weekend due to the excessive winds. However, I wanted to see how my Protos 500 would handle the winds. My flight lasted 3 minutes and was able to do some tic toc's and back flips, all done cross-wind. The only real challenge was the landing and my now frozen fingers...it was really cold, 20 something degrees.

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01-31-2012 04:53 PM  6 years agoPost 20
JasonJ

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my now frozen fingers...it was really cold, 20 something degrees.
That's the worst part about trying to fly this time of year. We get all excited if there is a 35 degree day and we go out to fly just to have it ruined by a 10 mph wind. That is enough of a wind chill to make it uncomfortable. If it's 25 degrees with wind it is misery. New years 2011 was 7 degrees, dead calm and sunny. It was downright balmy with the sun beating on us and reflecting off the snow. No gloves, it was awesome. This new years was in the 30's, cloudy and breezy and it sucked. Still flew though because we are hardcore (idiots).

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