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12-03-2012 01:01 PM  5 years agoPost 1
icanfly

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Do you find better concentration first thing in the morning, at noon, or before dark?

The question is based on a fair weather day with light to no wind.

Have you had a higher crash tendency during any of those times?

Some of my mornings have not gone as well as flying before dark.

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12-03-2012 01:11 PM  5 years agoPost 2
Darren Lee

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Right now!

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12-03-2012 01:35 PM  5 years agoPost 3
icanfly

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I just finished a full 5 minute hover a few seconds ago. Usually the winds are minimal first thing here so it's the best time to fly without excitement. Had it up high for extended periods and little panic.

Flew last night and ran off a 5min hover.
This morning was better, not as much bobbing and weaving as before (with lots of wind).
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Heli flight co-ordination is therapy for the near brain dead, a long story, stress, trauma, toxic environment, and age.

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12-03-2012 01:56 PM  5 years agoPost 4
wrongler

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For me it doesn't seem to matter, I can't seem to come up with any run of bad luck at any certain time. As long as I can see well, I will fly.

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12-03-2012 02:16 PM  5 years agoPost 5
HeliNutAndy

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My favorite time to fly is right before sundown. The field I fly at is consumed by sun during the day and the sun is in the best position for me at dusk. Also, it is typically less windy early morning and at dusk in general. I enjoy flying a little but more when there is less wind and it happens to be at those times.

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12-03-2012 03:51 PM  5 years agoPost 6
icanfly

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You've heard of snow blindness, when too much glare comes from the snow and temporarily will blind a person.

As my 450 was holding a hover in the hazy sky there was a little squinting needed to refocus once or twice.

Notice how important a persons sight is to fly a heli especially when looking into the sky at it for prolonged periods? Flight glasses.

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12-04-2012 06:09 AM  5 years agoPost 7
Solmanbandit

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Tucson , AZ

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As long as the sun isn't shining in my face, I don't care what time of day I fly.

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12-04-2012 08:07 AM  5 years agoPost 8
AWittleWabbit

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The best time to fly is when you can do it unrushed and undistracted.

Later in your Jedi training flying rushed and distracted comes he he!

At least have a cuppa coffee under your belt though, too groggy and you'll find out what a hot start is if you are flying nitro.....

Heli-itis sufferer.

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12-06-2012 10:13 PM  5 years agoPost 9
Stephen Born

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Seems to be most calm early in the morning and late evening. You know, when most are in bed.

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12-06-2012 10:46 PM  5 years agoPost 10
mustang67ford

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Based on the parameters you set, basically perfect weather all day, I think I would prefer late afternoon / early evening.

Now, in the real world, wind and heat is usually not good in the early afternoon, so the choices would be morning or evening. Out of those 2 choices, I would say evening but be careful around dusk. It's like the Bermuda triangle in the heli world...

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12-06-2012 10:53 PM  5 years agoPost 11
Funky Trex

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I have had more crashes late in the evening than any other time. I always think there is still enough light to finish any packs I have left charged and I always end up losing orientation at some point. Most of the time I can save it, but sometimes I don't. Although I can see the heli fine most of the flight, it only takes a second or two once I lose orientation and it goes down quick when I give it the wrong corrections

I have finally learned my lesson and I stop flying now once the sun starts setting.

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12-07-2012 02:18 PM  5 years agoPost 12
HeliNutAndy

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Funky you make a really good point. I always find myself rushing a bit at dusk. Every time I have plans to go in the morning they always end up turning into 'later'.

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12-07-2012 05:01 PM  5 years agoPost 13
chuck1073

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North Stonington, CT

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I like flying in the later afternoon best. This time of year, with the sun getting low on the horizon earlier, it can be tough to find the right orientation in relation to the sun. I've gotten blinded and almost lost it that way.

Dusk is my worse. You think you can see well enough but it's just dim enough to loose orientation.

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12-07-2012 07:12 PM  5 years agoPost 14
Scanman

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Centralia, WA USA

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"Heli flight co-ordination is therapy for the near brain dead, a long story, stress, trauma, toxic environment, and age."

Thank you for that icanfly, this is the reason I fly helis. My favorite time to fly is when it feels good.

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12-07-2012 08:46 PM  5 years agoPost 15
courtjones

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Anytime it isn't raining

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12-08-2012 05:31 AM  5 years agoPost 16
dj80550

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Texas

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I'll agree with right before sunset, about 30-45 mins before. Sun is kinda low, bright enough to see the bird with calm wind speeds. As long as you don't have distractions, your best time is what is really convenient to get real flight time/practice. Right after you roll out of bed is usually not the best though.

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12-12-2012 03:48 AM  5 years agoPost 17
Noobyflyer

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Clearwater, FL

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I like around 11am on a brisk Sunday morning after a Bob Evans Rise N Shine breakfast with links, biscuits, and a second round on the coffee.

Doors open on the truck with some "Back In Black" and I'm set for a couple hours or until I crash....whichever comes first.

Head home to help make dinner, than have something to look forward to next week after doing the post flight clean n' lube on the bird.

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12-16-2012 12:56 AM  5 years agoPost 18
dbldins

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Nicholasville,Ky.

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Morning noon and evening weather permitting!

Field hop to avoid sun in the eye syndrome!

I wish I still flew!!!

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01-03-2013 11:16 PM  5 years agoPost 19
Gyronut

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Martinsville In.

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Early mornings and late afternoons for me.

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