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11-08-2013 06:46 PM  4 years agoPost 21
icanfly

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it's 25mph right now, windy but almost not a prob for my 300, not the 450. Working on the Shuttlezx which might handle high winds better than either. You have to weather vane the heli on take off and landing so the wind won't blow it over spooling up or down, and position yourself up wind of the heli with the wind at your back or sides not in your face where it may blow the heli into you.

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11-08-2013 06:58 PM  4 years agoPost 22
Nasty1

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If I can't see from the the cold making my eyes tear up.

it's nice if there is a chubby buddy standing next to me to block the wind, not breaking the wind, lol

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11-08-2013 07:20 PM  4 years agoPost 23
RogerRabbit62

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I do not care at all.
As long as the helis power is capable to fly against the winds speed everything is green.

On takeoff and landing it is a bit tricky as the blades may not touch the bottom.

Sometimes the heli is 30 degree on aproach to conquer the wind in hover so you have to flip th and level and sat it down in a fluid motion not to touch with the blades into the ground.

On takeoff you have to leave the ground from negative pitch quick.

Once in the air a heli is far more stable than anything else we fly.

FB is more fun, FBL is more "whind, what wind??" type of steering.

My personal limit is when i cannot look into the wind.

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11-08-2013 07:22 PM  4 years agoPost 24
cmsilvoy

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Durham, NC

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I just used to ask "What would Curtis do?" and would either fly or not based on what I thought the answer was for that day

Now, just substitute Curtis's name for whomever you thinnk is the best pilot out there....

Chris

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11-08-2013 09:30 PM  4 years agoPost 25
Stephen Born

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The tops of trees are a good indicator. It will always be windier the higher you fly.

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11-08-2013 11:24 PM  4 years agoPost 26
rbort

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Franklin, MA - USA

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Flew today
Gusting to 27mph temps 45 down to 41F. On the cold side but heavy jacket, scarf, ear muffs and a heated radio glove make it work...I got 5 flights in from 2 to 4:45pm (gasser ones 20 minutes per tank).

I've flown in 40mph winds in Delaware and Massey MD at Eric's and Helifun funflys so I'm thinking the limit is when you have to put your foot down so you won't blow over is probably where its at...!

-=>Raja.

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Whiplash V2 Hanson 300, 437 flts

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11-08-2013 11:50 PM  4 years agoPost 27
Retired2011

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Depends completely on your experience and skills

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11-09-2013 02:06 AM  4 years agoPost 28
Mark Dean

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Only when the wind is accompanied by rain or snow.

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11-09-2013 02:11 AM  4 years agoPost 29
Manny1776

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Over 25 here!!! in Florida weather and wind change surprisingly fast...

Fly High, Fly Fun, Fly Secure.........Fly 3D!!!! Bavarian Demon USA Team

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11-09-2013 03:45 AM  4 years agoPost 30
grim.the.grim

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Houston, Texas

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If the blades are spooling up on their own, the motor is off, and she is already getting light on the skids, then it might be too windy.

But in all seriousness
when the gusts get too strong and given they are random, that takes some fun out of it.
Its the gusts that get me. Steady wind is fine, its the variable gusts that get old fast!

*** Real Pilots BEAT the air into submission! ***

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11-09-2013 04:55 AM  4 years agoPost 31
7Quick7

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Las Vegas

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Never to windy for my Bergen Intrepid Gasser. Bring it on

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11-09-2013 05:19 PM  4 years agoPost 32
Blackhawk6

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Trenton, Mi

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How much effect does the wind really have on a 700 size machine? Does it make it hard to control or does it just drift a little?

I never really fly in high winds but today there's a 15-25mph wind and I'm planning on trying it out anyway...

I can understand a 450 would have trouble staying in place with that much wind but a 12lb 700 seems like it wouldn't have a problem cause of the weight... Or is it mainly the large disc that gets pushed around in flight?

What are your thoughts?

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11-09-2013 08:13 PM  4 years agoPost 33
NQNA

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I just flew two flights with my Trex 550. Winds are better than 35 mph. I will say that the AR7200BX performed fantastically with none of the crazy gyro issues that I have seen with Align 3GX units.

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11-09-2013 08:25 PM  4 years agoPost 34
NQNA

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Here is the special weather statement for my area..

WINDS ARE INCREASING THIS AFTERNOON AS A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE APPROACHES FROM THE WEST. SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH... OCCASIONALLY GUSTING TO 45 MPH... WILL OCCUR... MAINLY ALONG AND NORTH OF I-70. DRIVERS OF HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES ARE ADVISED TO USE EXTRA CAUTION... AND LOOSE ITEMS SHOULD BE SECURED. THE WINDS WILL SUBSIDE THIS EVENING AS CONDITIONS BECOME LESS FAVORABLE FOR THE STRONG WINDS.

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11-09-2013 08:33 PM  4 years agoPost 35
jespicer1

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I usually only get one day a week to fly, as well as my buddies. So the only thing that ever stops us is rain. We fly in any wind here in Millington TN.
I even fly my Parkzone P51 BL in 25-30 mph winds. It's a foamie.

A few of have been out on rainy days and flew between the hard showers. A sprinkle doesn't count right?

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11-09-2013 09:28 PM  4 years agoPost 36
Kauaiguy

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Hawaii

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I fly every day off a windy valley slope,it has to be over 40 mph before I don't even try with my Forza450.

I'd rather be flying!

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11-10-2013 04:29 AM  4 years agoPost 37
turboomni

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If I am at the field and all the airplane guys are grounded I will take my little 450 up and then take up my gassers,,,what the heck ,,i got the field to myself...

Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them

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11-10-2013 04:44 AM  4 years agoPost 38
rocco.sj

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My way of rules flying in the wind is if your heli is unstable to controll during hovering or forward flight,then its time to land it and switch to sim time.

JR Americas
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11-10-2013 06:00 AM  4 years agoPost 39
mattox

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Phoenix,AZ-usa

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Ill stop flying in the wind if my 700 is at full pitch and Im moving backwards would make a awesome backwards sliding auto tho :0

MingDa helicopters,Scorpion US Power pack/Haiyin/Astroid designs

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11-11-2013 05:52 AM  4 years agoPost 40
MANCHA

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Cabo San Lucas, Baja- Mexico

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Our field is on a hill 30 meters above sea level and 500 yards from the Pacific Ocean; most of the time is windy.
We have an anemometer at the field and have learned to read the ocean's sea caps on its waves.
They turn whitesh at around 10 knots, at 15 knots most of them present a white cap, that is close to 20 mph.

As Sunday flyers we fly at leat once if it is at 25knots max, above that it is not fun;
We fly from 450s to heavy F3C 90s.

We have learned to do autos too at such wind speeds, that is fun !!

Practice with wind serve you double !!!!!

MANCHA

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