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04-22-2013 01:57 PM  5 years agoPost 41
coptercptn

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Mesa AZ. USA

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Our Club "Opening day" last weekend constant 20-25 gusts to 35...But normal around here..
Did go to the Kansas City funfly last year ..35 (at least and flew my Cobra.. iT WAS "INTERESTING... to say the least!!

Home of the "Sea Cobra".....

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04-22-2013 02:24 PM  5 years agoPost 42
pH7

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Sterling Heights, MI - USA

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I installed my first flybarless (7200bx) on my 450 pro and was very anxious to try it out. At the field it was windy (I'm guessing below 30mph, but not far below). The heli flew much better than I expected, but as others stated in this thread, it wasn't a lot of fun. I went into a hover, way downwind and just brought it slowly back through the wind. When it got in front of me, I looked at the angle as it was in a stable hover - OH CRAP! It was leaning so much I couldn't land - the blades would hit the ground before the landing gear! I had to wait until the wind dropped a bit, so it would level enough to get the landing gear down first. I was very glad to get it on the ground. Didn't fly again that day.

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04-23-2013 01:43 AM  5 years agoPost 43
ronmad02

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Wow who knew wind would be such a hot topic. Well got to the field the other day Gusting to 30, didn't fly...Just felt to strong... everyone has had great comments maybe next time the wind is strong I will fly in it..

Ronald Muir

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04-23-2013 02:14 AM  5 years agoPost 44
icanfly

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ontario

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ph7, yes the heli tilts toward the wind in hover. Just had my fbl 450se in the air after a couple of repairs, HOLEE, was it amazing on 7.4 volts to boot.

You see, it's WINDY again and I couldn't resist testing a repair of one bad servo, feathering/main shafts and lower 7.4v rpm. I'm in a backyard.

It's about 15mph wind outside but not a problem at all. Only difference was having to tilt the heli more against the wind to send it back upwind. It was blown sideways by gusting but handled all of the turbulence like it almost didn't exist. The 450 jumped a few times meaning a sensitivity to wind buffeting.

It's best to head straight into the wind with the nose, weather vane-ing it to land. (would have worked if I knew what direction the wind was coming from.

Planks do well in the wind.

I saw an Robinson R22 pass overhead a few hours ago with the tail way off to the side in crosswind, odd.

Having fun yet?

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04-23-2013 03:00 AM  5 years agoPost 45
RyanW

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Edmond, Oklahoma

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I did a demo at a full scale show in November. At the airport it was 36 mph with peak gust to 49 mph.

At the start of the demo I climbed to 20' and held collective... the heli moved up and down 10' just on the wind gust alone!!!

I threw out the routine and just did maneuvers that would keep the machine centered and safe.

The little Cessna airplanes took off and "climbed out" directly over the runway. I think a few reached VNE (max airspeed) on take off

-Ryan
Mikado USA, Kontronik, Opti-Power, MKS Servos

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04-23-2013 04:06 AM  5 years agoPost 46
lje553

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Wichita, Ks

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I can vouch for the Kansas guys the winds here are crazy! 25 to 30 has been the norm here all week and I have seen guys flying in it. If you get out to western Kansas it is even worse. I have been there too where if you want to fly you just have to suck it up and learn to fly in it. I have done some hovering in some 35 to 40 mph wind but it was fairly stupid I will admit. lol

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04-23-2013 04:25 AM  5 years agoPost 47
freakyreef

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If you get out to western Kansas it is even worse
*Raises hand*

If I were to actually wait for a calm day, I would never get to fly. I can't get much further west either. I live less than a mile from the Colorado state line.
That said, on the occasional calm day, flying is just so amazing. To be able to have a hands off hover.... It's a dream come true.

Walk on water long enough, eventually you will get your feet wet.

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04-23-2013 04:39 AM  5 years agoPost 48
freakyreef

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...

Walk on water long enough, eventually you will get your feet wet.

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04-23-2013 06:12 AM  5 years agoPost 49
BladeStrikes

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I like close to the water so its windy all the time where im at..If I chickened out and didn't fly on windy days,I wouldn't get to fly much at all..
This was 20mph for sure with 30mph gust if I remember right..

Watch at YouTube

I have videos where the heli is hovering sideways and I had to land with one skid touching first..I think its fun and helps alot with collective management..
When I went FBL,it made flying in wind ALOT better and easyer to fly...

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05-08-2013 04:56 AM  5 years agoPost 50
lje553

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Wichita, Ks

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Freakyreef I know exactly what your talking about. Having a calm day I have to keep pinching myself to make sure I am not dreamin!Nice flying bladestrikes, it was blowing good! It is the gust that will get ya though. I agree the move to flybarless has helped with the wind tremendously.

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05-08-2013 05:10 AM  5 years agoPost 51
RogerRabbit62

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Thuerigen germany

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Don't fly fb in heavy wind, paddles get affected easily potentially making things difficult to control.
I disagree.

I fly paddles and fbl.
A correct setup FB behaves better in gusty winds for my feeling.

The FAI / F3C people had to fly on contests in any wind as long as they do not cancel the contest for a long time and that was very rare and more when it was raining so heavy that you could not see the heli.
FBL is very "jumpy" on height in gusts compared to FB.

The biggest problem (beside unexpected downforce gusts) is that from a certain wind you must be very carefully that the disk does not touch the ground before the skids on landing.
The heli is extremly tilt then.

Peronally i do not fly if i cant look into the wind without glasses. That is the limit for me and the 700 choppers.
Flying arround debris is the second no-go for me.

In all other cases i just back my flying to a lower level and "play with the wind"
As written before Autos in medium wind are a lot of fun.
Especially if you have a non-flat field and the wind is going up terrain...

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05-08-2013 01:49 PM  5 years agoPost 52
seefest

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Here is a few steps for estimating windspeed if a flag is present.

Instructions

1
Set up an ordinary flag in an open area. Do not place the flag near areas where wind is likely to swirl around and create unnatural wind pockets such as valleys. If you are on water, set up the boat’s flag in either the bow or stern of the boat.

2
Observe the flag’s movement. If the flag is not stirring, the Beaufort number is zero. Winds are calm and less than 1 mph.

3
Notice how the flag moves when it flaps in the wind. Note in particular the pattern of movement and how the lower edge hangs. If the lower edge hangs low, the Beaufort number is 1. The wind is considered light air and 3 miles or less per hour.

4
Notice if the flag is extended in the wind. Observe how the top corner behaves in the wind. If the top of the flag is flapping back and forth with the flag mainly extended, winds are likely 7 mph or less. This is Beaufort number 2.

5
Note the pattern of waves of the flag if it is extended. At Beaufort number 3, waves are smaller. Wind speeds approach 12 mph.

6
Watch how rapidly the flag flaps in the wind. Wind speeds edge toward 18 mph at Beaufort number 4. The flag is likely in constant motion.

7
Note if the flag is rippling. At Beaufort number 5, the flag flaps and ripples in the wind. Wind speeds up to 24 mph may be observed.

8
Listen for a popping sound as the flag waves in the breeze. As wind speeds climb to 31 mph, the flag will continue to ripple and flap. The higher force of the wind causes the flag to beat loudly. Damage to the flag is likely to occur at this point at Beaufort number 6.

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05-08-2013 01:58 PM  5 years agoPost 53
freakyreef

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Kansas\Colorado border

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You forgot #9
If the wind rips the flag from the pole and wraps around your neck cutting off all air supply. What is the wind speed then?

Walk on water long enough, eventually you will get your feet wet.

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05-08-2013 02:20 PM  5 years agoPost 54
mcfast

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Quebec Quebec Canada

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The windiest I have ever flown is about 50 MPH, but who cares
when you are flying a 25 lb turbine ! nothing to it !

P.S. sorry for the spelling or the grammar I am dyslexic!

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05-09-2013 03:38 AM  5 years agoPost 55
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Norfolk Va

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25 35 gust flying my trex 500 with my raptor 50 titan green flybar paddles ....flew awesome

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