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02-28-2012 11:35 PM  9 years ago
jschenck

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No doubt that Calif emissions laws are ridiculous to the point of adding a substantial cost to vehicles without a real difference in pollution. Outlawing certain offroad vehicles like that'll make the air more breathable is crazy. The there are extreme's on both sides and they have very loud voices. Yes, there is a culture of extreme liberal/communism in certain areas of California such as sections of the San Francisco (proper) area. But I would wager that the entire bay area has as diverse of a voting public as anywhere in the US. Southern California is like a completely different state politically.

Hmm, good flying area - perhaps Sacramento. Then you'd be close to Reno and of course the mountains. Plus not too far from the bay area. Just don't buy a house below the water line - that area could be the next New Orleans.

How about central or northern Arizona. Flagstaff is still one of the best places I've ever visited, if you can handle the high elevation.
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02-29-2012 01:20 AM  9 years ago
Bob Wales (RIP)

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I have always dreamed of Flagstaff Arizona but will probably end up in the Carolinas as to not be to far away from family.
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02-29-2012 01:59 AM  9 years ago
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Flagstaff is 7000 above sea level, it was 38F the last time I was there, in October!

San Diego sea level, room temp, low wind, hobby shops.

Look at this "best" thing another way....Lake Mead.

Where the water and the electricity from Lake Mead go is where you will find R/C mecca.
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02-29-2012 03:02 AM  9 years ago
jschenck

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Las Vegas does have an appeal to me also. I like the desert, plenty of stuff to do out in the desert besides the R/C (which would be great).

I really like Santa Fe also, been there many times but same issue - very high elevation. Other than that great R/C area. There is a reason why Albuquerque is one of the best ballooning places on earth - predictably low wind that just happens to setup in a large circular motion. Something to do with the mountains and the heating cycle.
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02-29-2012 04:08 AM  9 years ago
Mike Fortin

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Never thought about Albuquerque, that sounds like another fantastic place to fly all year.Have Rotors, Will Fly!
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02-29-2012 08:25 AM  9 years ago
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California is a sxxtbag state it is completely stupid some of the things that goes on there. I lived there for about a year and would go back to visit it is a beautiful state espically the northern state but I would leave before the stupidity sucked me in like a shop vac does important papers. I guess if you live there your bullshift tolerance is kinda high of the (best arnold impersonation) govna. As a matter of fact im surprised they have not taken all your basic rights away and called it the no vasoline for the people policy. Nitro helis in california you say im surprised they have not been found to cause cancer and outlawed too.

My rant on cali is over visit and definately fly there if you love wind but never live there I mean never. I live in Nc and grew up in Virginia and thats another anal retentive state thats about as dead as my grandma nothing going on there unless you live on the east coast of it. To fit in in the rest of the state visit the junk yard first and get you some cars to set on blocks in your yard and some loud barking coon dogs and get on unimployment because there is no jobs in that god forsaken place.

I was stationed in Washington best place for R/C (8th scale buggies) and flying helis ever. If I win the lottery im there dude 8.8% sales tax rain and all.

This is just MHO agree or not its up to you afterall your the one who pays your bills.
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02-29-2012 02:04 PM  9 years ago
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I live in Santa Fe and it's ok flying, but not all year round. There's a lot of wind in the spring, 20 knots + pretty much every day March through early June. So you don't get to fly much in that period.

The rest of the time it's better, tho you still need to be able to fly in 15 to 20knot gusts which can happen kind of all the time. My 700's handle the winds pretty good tho, so as long as it's below 20, I'm good to go.

The altitude slows everything down if you're a nitro enthusiast like I am, so you kind of need to over power everything (big engine, lots of nitro). Electric is no problem tho.

For full scale flying, I wouldn't recommend this area at all.

LS
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02-29-2012 03:24 PM  9 years ago
jschenck

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I can remember flying into Santa Fe with Dad's Cherokee and he'd get really anty to get back out of there before noon. Even then climb rate was ~100fpm. Need a huffer on that engine. Flying a loaded Cherokee 140 is marginal in any circumstance but a hot high desert day is really rough.
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02-29-2012 07:21 PM  9 years ago
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some different ideas of "best"

I was thinking number of flyable days and whether I can afford my own field there

easy, find the cheapest land out west and check its elevation...under 3k will be desert, over 4k will have fewer flying days.

The inland empire of Socal...just wake up early. Its affordable. It gets windy, but its doable.

The mountains above Palm Desert are "sky-islands"....they're green on top and different climates from the valley. Tucson is the same way.
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02-29-2012 08:07 PM  9 years ago
leifmaximus

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Thumbummper I were are you in Florida I moved here from Ohio I couldn't wait in 4months I have only gone through two cases of gas I was going through 3 gallons a week?! Everywhere you go there is fences cows people wind and assholes who don't like three sound of Helios. I fly at a field sundancers club but its 45 min from my house and no one is ever there past 1on a sun. I thought I was going pro in Florida now I'm getting worse! !!fly hard or go home
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02-29-2012 08:33 PM  9 years ago
spiderco

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Oregon or Washington state appeals to me also. I'd weather proof my helis and fly in the rain.fly til its dry
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03-01-2012 12:51 AM  9 years ago
Fastsrt

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How come no TN guys have chimed in yet? This year we haven't had much of a winter so we have had quite a few decent weekends for air time. In the summer in can be brutally humid which will cut a day short or make us make it some evening fly days but for the most part it's all good.
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03-01-2012 04:03 AM  9 years ago
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NO doubt, Georgia is the best state
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03-01-2012 04:29 AM  9 years ago
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jschenck,California does suck.I drive a truck across the us every week,I see the weather in all the states,but in central Ca. Where I live it is very nice.It has to be central Ca. for a nice place to fly every day.Except for the gov. Laws of Ca.I very much wish to leave this place..

Oakdale Ca.
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03-01-2012 04:54 AM  9 years ago
Mike Fortin

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I'll take Lima Peru over it all.
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03-01-2012 06:39 AM  9 years ago
Duayne P

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Guam, Upper 80s year round. Women in bikinis year round, water is warm, women in BIKINIS year round!!
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03-01-2012 08:15 AM  9 years ago
wtupman

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the best place to fly year round has to be at nomac
we average 70 winds at7 and humidity at70%
tuning is twice or three times a year

we have no flying seasons here

show up and fly.
that is what we do
DONT TRASH WHAT THE OTHER GUY IS FLYING OR FLYING WITH. AT LEAST HE IS FLYING!!!
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03-01-2012 04:49 PM  9 years ago
Eleven_Bravo

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Oakdale huh what about that wonderful 10 to 25mph wind that picks up at 10 am and does not let up till dark ???? Your probaly used to it by now and think its normal.

Driving a truck in cali will leave a bad taste in your mouth for that state espically getting stuck in a traffic jam in LA on I-10 for 14 hours. I still hsve nightmares about that one.

When I lived there I worked at Con Agra foods hows that for a small world??
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03-01-2012 05:55 PM  9 years ago
ThumbBumper

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@Bob Wales
it will only be a matter of time that they will outlaw nitro heli's because of emissions or something
Nah! They'll only make you install:
Exhaust gas pump,
Fuel emission collection canister,
Catalytic converter,
about 40 pounds of sensors,
Exhaust gas recirculation valve and manifold
Computer to monitor everything,
and so on and so on and so on...

By the time you're done the dang heli will weigh so much it will never get off the ground
If it ain't broke, go fly some more!
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03-01-2012 06:52 PM  9 years ago
Dr.Ben

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Given that the NC umeployment rate is currently 30% higher than VA's, I'm not so sure VA is as dead as some might think. I prefer VA's sales tax and gas tax as compared to NC's as well.

Ben Minor
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