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Old 07-01-2007, 09:02 AM   #11
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I remember a few years back when I was relatively new to RC flying. I had a CGM Cub at the time. I drove the 52 km out to the field but found it quite windy to what I was use to so I helitated to take up the Cub.

One of the old timers of the club was sitting under the shelter just enjoying the relaxation. He was a "Leader" member of MAAC and an instructor plus he had several thousand hours flying full size planes being an X airforce military man.

I approached him and asked: "Jack, do you think its too windy for me to fly the Cub?"

He continued to look straight ahead and without a second of hesitation came his reply: "Well, the airplane doesn't know its windy so I suppose it depends a whole lot more on the pilot than it does the airplane!"

That was the end of that conversation. I took the Cub up for a total of 4 flights that afternoon and I had a blast.

SO.... what I took from that experience was: Even though some planes may handle a bit better than others in the wind, it comes down to your own personal skill level, experience, and limitations as much as the airplane your flying!

Over the years I flown many different airplanes of all makes and sizes and I have never let the wind stop me from having my day of flying at the field.

I must say though, the plane I enjoyed flying the most in even the very strongest of winds was a 60 sized "Super Hotts" with an OS .61 L 2 stroke engine.
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Old 07-01-2007, 12:32 PM   #12
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gary you said what i was thinking just didn't know it well put too i might add
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Old 07-03-2007, 12:26 AM   #13
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I like that quote!..just might use it!! Here in Grande Prairie if you don't fly in the wind... you won't fly! very few calm days! it seems!

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Old 07-03-2007, 09:29 AM   #14
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Such is true for saskatchewan as well. Not very many calm days to fly. Although this long weekend we had 3 days in a row of calm, but we were out in the boat all weekend. Can you say Sunburn!!!!!

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Old 07-04-2007, 10:10 AM   #15
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Old 07-04-2007, 05:59 PM   #16
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Gary: I got the same response from our local full-scale flying pro. He is right, of course, because our models operate in the same ocean of air as full-scale planes do. BUT one day I was having a hard time lining up my approach as the wind kept changing the model's mind for me. He happened to be there, and I said: "You don't think the model 'sees' the air, eh! Look at this." He replied: "Well, gusting is a different matter." Not much I could say to that! Dzl
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Old 07-08-2007, 01:52 PM   #17
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When I feel it's too windy to fly anything and still have fun, believe it or not I take out my little TRex 450SE helicopter. It's great in the wind and is just a TON of fun after you learn to fly it. I can out-run the airplanes and do flips and rolls right on the deck if I want... it's a blast and I can fly it more aggressively than any airplane. With the stock motor and ESC is it capable of virtually anything, plus I never have to tune a motor.

Keep in mind I also fly IMAC... 35-40% gassers and such. I just think the TRex is more fun in the wind.
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:30 PM   #18
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The plane doesn't know its windy is relative. The plane knows when it hits an airpocket and drops or a windshear and piles into the ground. On the praries where it's flat, is a whole bunch different than in hills and mountains.
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:24 PM   #19
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Ask someone into dynamic soaring what can be found in pockets of air on the lee side of hills.
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Old 07-09-2007, 09:45 AM   #20
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