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Old 05-12-2008, 01:55 PM   #1
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Default How Much Wind do you think is too much?

Just curious about what everyone thinks.
I find that there are a lot more windy days than there are calm ones for flying, especially in the summer.
I am sitting here this morning and watchin the wind gust from 10-15 mph.
considering whether I'm even going to drive to the club field or not today.

So........what do you think?
How much wind is too much for flying helicopters?

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Old 05-12-2008, 02:15 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by jswigart View Post
Just curious about what everyone thinks.
I find that there are a lot more windy days than there are calm ones for flying, especially in the summer.
I am sitting here this morning and watchin the wind gust from 10-15 mph.
considering whether I'm even going to drive to the club field or not today.

So........what do you think?
How much wind is too much for flying helicopters?

Jay
As far as AIRPLANES, most guys go to our RC Flying Field, look at the windsocks standing in a horizontal position (meaning 20 MPH) and they turn around and go back home. They "say" ideal conditions are from "calm" (of course) up to 10 MPH !!

:o A "newbie" to this fine hobby/sport of RC flying so please "be gentle" on me !!
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I wouldn't fly my planes in 10MPH airspeed so I certainly wouldn't try flying any helis like that. Of course I'm a beginner on both planes and helis too. I'm sure experienced flyers can handle more wind than people like me who just hope to complete a hovering session without a repair bill.

Question is, how experienced are you?

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Old 05-12-2008, 06:10 PM   #4
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Question is, how experienced are you?
I'm a "newbie" and I personally would NOT fly my very light Cessna "foamy" in any wind greater than 5 MPH. That is why the last two Saturdays I packed up my plane and all my equipment into my SUV, drove 45+ minutes to the RC Flying Field, once I got there I saw 15+ MPH wind plus higher gusts (thanks to two windsocks) and decided to just leave all the equipment and airplane in the back of the SUV. I even waited one Saturday for close to 5 hours to see if the wind would "calm down".......... but it just got fiercer and gustier, so that was that !!

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I used to say I wanted ZERO WIND for my fixed wing aircraft. Then, I decided 8 mph was about the maximum I would dare to fly in...

However, recently, I've started flying a brushless ParkZone Stryker -- and I'm finding that a 10 to 15 mph wind does not keep me grounded (when it comes to the Stryker).

As for helicopters... I just fly my Blade CX2 indoors. I wouldn't dare fly it outside. There's a guy at our public field who flys a very large helicopter in winds up to 8 mph (my my best guess) -- he seems to do well with that.

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Old 05-12-2008, 07:32 PM   #6
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The good fliers here fly their choppers in winds fixed wing fliers won't.
Even light weights like the Blade CP.
The co-ax's, not a chance of course.
A .50 gas hovering, and a CP hovering in 20 mph winds.


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I fly my Great Planes Yak55 Foamy in 20-25mph winds... infact I maidened it a few weeks ago in 20-25mph winds......lol

It really Depends on the pilot/plane/heli I would think... some pple woun't fly in less than 10mph... I fly in almost anything... Thats why I like cheap electronics...lol
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Originally Posted by ministeve2003 View Post
I fly my Great Planes Yak55 Foamy in 20-25mph winds... infact I maidened a few weeks ago in 20-25mph winds......lol

It really Depends on the pilot/plane/heli I would think... some pple woun't fly in less than 10mph... I fly in almost anything... Thats why I like cheap electronics...lol
Show Off , Yea I saw you flying in that wind Hi Steve I fly in 15 to 20 Mph winds, if the plane can cut the wind, I will fly in it Take care, Chellie

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i hate flying without wind... i know it sounds weird but i've gotten so used to almost never having anything under 10-15 mph that when i have 0 wind i pretty much over shoot my approach. at my club field the run way has a cross wind 75% of the time. 15+ mph crosswind with an 81inch cub makes you one heck of a pilot. with the heli i dont really notice the wind til it gets into the high teens or low 20's then its just not much fun. 15 mph and under and i dont mind. down here, if you wont fly in wind, you'll never fly. i cant remember the last time the wind was under 5 mph.

if you're worried about wind, just get as much head speed as possible and watch the heli laugh in the winds face.
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Old 05-13-2008, 03:53 AM   #10
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It is usually always 8-10mph winds when I fly. Unless it is in the early morning on a weekend.

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Old 05-13-2008, 05:26 AM   #11
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How are you guys judging how much wind you are in. For me, it's either no wind or wind. Not too specific!

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I used to read the Weather report for the day... now I kinda know about what the wind is like.... good website for weather is www.wunderground.com it shows you about what wind is at any given hour of the day...
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Here's another good site for wind speed, direction and forecast. Just change it to a city near you.

http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/laun...=KMCI&state=MO

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There's all kinds of weather stations on Weather Underground.
Over 30 near me, which show how the wind changes across the Antelope Valley during the day.
http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/...uery=93550#PWS
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Originally Posted by Sparky Paul View Post
There's all kinds of weather stations on Weather Underground.
Over 30 near me, which show how the wind changes across the Antelope Valley during the day.
http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/...uery=93550#PWS
Ahhhh -- but do they predict the wind 3 days in advance, giving you enough time to PLAN to fly.

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I say just unstall a tall pole and a nice windsock in your back yard, as I plan to do real soon, then this will easily tell the "strength" and direction of the wind, if any !!
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I've got to say, I flew my planes in some wind at SEFF that I would have never even considered flying in at home. But after driving 15 hours each way, by gosh I was gonna fly. Guess what? They flew fine. Everything from my 17 ounce GWS ME-109 to my 40 ounce P-47 and Hurricane. It definitely changed my outlook on what I'll fly in now.

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Originally Posted by Lieutenant Loughead View Post
Ahhhh -- but do they predict the wind 3 days in advance, giving you enough time to PLAN to fly.
Actually they do... click on the hourly for each day....

http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/...kday=Wednesday
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Originally Posted by HeliG View Post
How are you guys judging how much wind you are in. For me, it's either no wind or wind. Not too specific!
One of the guys I fly with has one of these from Hobby-Lobby:

Truthfully, I fly in anything up to 25-30mph winds (planes and helis), of course my indoor 3D foamies get grounded past around 15mph. Gusting or steady wind also makes a huge difference (if it's gusting in a range of 5mph, that's fine, but when it starts doing >15mph variance then it gets hairy).

I've found that my 3D helis handle wind far better than my 3D planes of equal weight. I even fly my little Maxir (280mm blades, 360gr AUW) in up to 30mph winds, it's a handfull but still doable.

I of course, do not advocate that everyone fly in the winds I fly in (for myself I'm of the opinion "If I don't fly in wind... I don't get to fly" ). While saying that though, I do believe that too many people sell themselves short and ground themselves before even giving flying in the wind a chance (it really teaches you to be faster on the sticks).

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Helis handle wind so much better than fixed wing-because you have +&- pitch, but I find that if the wind is too gusty I'd rather not fly, the windiest I've ever flown at was on the coast in the North East of England surrounded by "fixed wing scratch build 4stroke freaks" getting their planes bounced all over the sky (5&6ft wing spans) But my little Trex had no problem other than ending upwind after every loop etc. Apparently I was supposed to "hover over the designated heli area" but I was quickly bored with that (approx 30 seconds later if I remember correctly)
So basicily if its a constant wind speed-its a doddle-if its up & down like a fiddlers elbow-go to the pub

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