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Old 02-10-2004, 08:20 PM   #11
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I live 60 miles from the windy city(Lethbridge) and if you wait for the wind to die down at any time of the year you will be old and grey. Come to think of it, maybe thats the problem.
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Old 02-10-2004, 08:36 PM   #12
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Some times I stand on top of the hill and slope soar in the cold and I found ski goggles work the best for keeping the tearing down.
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Old 02-10-2004, 11:14 PM   #13
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I am in Medicine Hat where we also get more than our far share of windy days. As one member puts it, if you dont fly in the wind, you dont fly very much.

I want to get my lt-40 up in the wind someday and try to do some hovering or backwards flying.
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I've never used a transmitter mitt- are they awkward to use and do they interfere with the sticks??
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Old 02-12-2004, 01:14 PM   #15
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"Turn it into the wind, slowly cut the throttle to just hold it there, USE THAT $@#%&% RUDDER! Ok now add full power and bring it around again. See isn't that fun?"

Just a question, why did he instruct you to add full power before bringing it around again?
Could this be the ever missunderstood downwind turn effect?
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Old 02-12-2004, 02:13 PM   #16
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If the wind is at 30kph and you are hovering, and then you turn down-wind, you go from +30 airspeed to -30 in a hurry..... no lift no more... you have to keep your airspeed up above stall otherwise you fall out of the sky. Basically to do a safe downwind turn you have a lot more airspeed than you think.

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Old 02-12-2004, 06:57 PM   #17
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This is the great Downwind turn missconception.
The aircraft in the air is flying in reference to the air, not the ground.
If you are flying slowly enough to have 0 speed over the ground, you still have enough air speed to keep flying. All that has happened is that you have matched the speed of the airmass travelling over the ground. The airplane , in the air, has no idea which direction or even what speed the air is travelling. We only know that because we are standing on the ground while the air travels by, hence we feel the air moving as wind. But as soon as you leave the ground, you are now travelling with the air, and your airspeed will be constant no matter which way you are pointing. This can be decieving from the greound as the planes ground speed will change depending on wether it is travelling the same direction or not as the air mass.
In actual fact, you can turn in any direction without touching the throttle. the plane will not stall because you turn downwind. The only time an aircraft will stall in the downwind turn, is when, after turning downwind, the plane will increase its ground speed as its airspeed is now added to the airmass speed, and the pilot throttles back to keep a slower groundspeed, lowering the airspeed,and if already slow, then possibally stalling the plane.
In short, airspeed stays constant at a constant throttle and pich attitude. Its the groundspeed that changes as you turn the plane with reference to the direction of the airmass.
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Windy flying is great fun, but hovering descents should be reserved for steady winds. If you are hovering in a wind "steady at 30 & gusting to 50" you are asking for it, big time, unless you have plenty of altitude. As you slow down to hover you have to base your speed on the 50 kph wind or you will fly backward (you didn't mention flying backward so I assume that your speed was at least 50 kph). When the wind suddenly drops to 30, you will probably stall right there -- hence vertical landing.

Stay over or near the runway & be very carefull on downwind legs, as your airspeed is combined with the wind speed and the Ultra Sport is a fast little sucker that will be out of sight in a moment of inattention.

Your landing approaches should be steep descents with low power, or longer descents with a fair bit of power. In any case, maintain good speed into the wind & wait to chop power until you are low over the runway verge. The wind will immediately kill your forward speed as you pull out of the descent, but then sink it as quickly as is safe to do so without sticking the landing gear out through the top of the wings.
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