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Old 10-05-2003, 08:19 PM   #11
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I'm a warm weather flier. I used to fly in the winter. We lived in Manitouwadge, north of north. Coldest day we flew was -34 C. That's snappin cold baby, freeze the nose hair weather. Had to stick the Saito up the tail pipe to coax it to run. Now I hide in the warmth of my shop. I think winter flying for me would be electric indoor. Looks like fun. Although we do brave the cold and get together on New years day for a ff. We flew from Brian's barn back door, we had coffee and breakfast too! ANy New Years fliers out there?

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Old 10-05-2003, 08:42 PM   #12
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I think many X-tals have a temp rating , also flew a glider once in -25C nice and calm. The 2nd flite the hi-start froze in the elongated mode which was just as well because the radio system shut down. I dont know if the servo's froze stiff or the xtal but I have flown OK in -18C. it was funny watching the hi-start warm up sounded like a snake as it twisted back and shrunk about 50'..
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Old 10-05-2003, 08:55 PM   #13
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Actually Derrick had some troubles with a receiver and JR advised him that the temp was below the recommended temp.

The biggest prob we've had is that the cold makes the monocote brittle and the batteries last only one or two flights. Heck it's still a day out of hte house

All that aside, I just can't get the thought of Andrew, immersed in a vat of beans,out of my head. You northern lads sure have some strange traditions
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Old 10-05-2003, 09:03 PM   #14
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Ha ha ha Nuker, I only said that as a joke because Ian Gunn said that some of the guys bring hot beans or stew to their field when they winter fly.
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Old 10-06-2003, 01:59 AM   #15
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When you are flying club 20 say Hi to the boys for me. Might get around this winter to watch. I raced for a few years that class. Lots of fun and wear warm boots. I found my feet got damp and then froze.
For all you guys out there we can fly quite a bit in the winter. We have Chinooks in the southern part. Go to bed at night at -20 and wake up to water running and a SW breeze and the temp in the + category.
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Old 10-06-2003, 06:07 AM   #16
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I had one flight last winter,, and the year before I had one flight also

Last year I was at SJ house and flew on his Sim last year
Year before I was at BobH house flying on his Sim

Nice and Warm also

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Old 10-06-2003, 07:15 AM   #17
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Ever since I got my heli downwind ... and the hands were freezing .. and it was taking forever to get back upwind ... and I was considering ditching before frostbite set in... I'm not a cold weather flier.

I know it's building season when the workshop begins to look like this;
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Old 10-06-2003, 07:24 AM   #18
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Cold weather

I think i probably flew my heli at least once a week last winter. A lot easier than going to the airfield cause I start it in the house then it's out the basement patio door to my backyard/field! Cold really effects my hands big time and it seems to take a looooongggg time before I can use use them 100% after they have been chilled. If it wasn't for that I would probably fly more often in the winter.
Yes it seems like the building season has arrived early for me as well. In between working on the house (which never seems to end) I have been finding some time to start my winter projects already! Almost looking forward to the building season this winter!

Somewhere in this mess are my two major projects......
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Last new year I had a couple of flights with my cub on skis. I figured
I could handle a couple of minutes of cold with no mitts, so away I went.
After flying about 5 min, I realized that my hands were completely numb, and I had better get it down right away!
Well, oops! The idle somehow was very high, and with the skis on the snow, the best I could do was a vveeerry long touch and go. The plane would not stop, and I had no choice but to take off again at the far end of the field.
After about 5 min of this, and figuring I still had about a 1/2 tank of fuel left, and my fingers completely numb, I had to do something!
I took a quick look around the field, and saw the only place where there was a bit of a pile of snow, and I again touched down. The plane passed me at about 20km/hr, and finally with full down elevator. I got the prop to hit the snowbank and stop the engine. As soon as the plane stopped moving, I made a dash for my car and cranked the heat. It took the rest of the day for my fingers to thaw out.
I did not fly any more that winter!

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Old 10-06-2003, 03:36 PM   #20
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News Year Day is about the only day I fly in the winter anymore, unless I have a special project I can't wait to fly!

I had 6 flights NYD, 2 at the Whitby Club 10 am start, 2 at the Ajax Club 12 noon start and 2 at the Port Perry Float Flyers Club 1 pm start I was late for that one.

It was so cold that I couldn't run the engine full speed ar the engine would quit, only thing I could figure is the plug was getting to cold.

I'm starting to thaw out now.

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