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Old 09-23-2006, 01:43 PM   #1
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I know its an odd time to ask this question but I thought I would ask before I forgot. I have only been flying for 5-6 months and I have never flew in the winter before. What should I expect?

Will the engine be to cold to start?

Will the cold do any damage to the electronics?

Does the fuel freeze or get thick?

I would apreaciate any input on this subject. thanks

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Old 09-23-2006, 02:05 PM   #2
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Yes, the engine is harder to start. Good thing we have mini torches now to warm them! Or you could keep them idling once started and refuel with a
T fitting at the cowl. Alcohol doesn't freeze so no worries there. Monokote covering becomes more brittle. A good balsa plane beats a plastic ARF.
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the air is more dense, your engine will make more power.

crashing is real bad on ice...
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- Freezing your fingers on a cold plastic transmitter unless you have a mitt made to go over it and your hands. I find it difficult to fly with gloves on.
- Another way to start a cold engine is to put a drop or two of lighter fluid down the carburator before starting.
- Try not to put the transmitter down in the snow or on a wet starting bench
- If you have a heated clubhouse watch for to much condensation on the transmitter
- Battery life is reduced in the cold
- The airplane will be a bit more responsive
- Watch not to slip on ice especially while carrying a plane
- If the plane has nyrods you'll have to mechanically readjust them after the plane gets cold, trims switches don't always have enough travel to correct.
- Skis should have positive incidence to help get on top of fluffy snow

Just a few things I can think of at moment
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I try and fly at least 6-8 times during the winter. Pick nice days with bright sun and mild winds. It's a great way to beat the cabin fever. Main thing is good preparation. Dress warm and enjoy.
Regular lighter fluid (not butane) - a couple of drops in the carb will help with firing up the engine. I usually fly about 5% more nitro in the winter. Seems to help the starts.
Make sure your batteries are good and well charged - obviously transmitter and receiver batteries but also flight box, glow plug igniter etc
You can buy transmitter mitts but I just go to the local TSC store and get some cheap gloves and cut the thumb tips off. Take regular gloves for between flights. Avoid getting glow fuel on your hands - that alcohol with cold air makes your hands very cold.
As previously stated the pushrods will likely change length enough that you will have to readjust trims.
Winter flying can be a hoot if you are well prepared.

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I haven't been much of a fan o winter flying, mostly due to the feel of alacohl on skin in below freezing weather ...

But now with electrics, I may reconsider.
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Originally Posted by JimMcIntyre
mostly due to the feel of alacohl on skin in below freezing weather ...
alacohl? I heard that stuff also affects your spelling.
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