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Old 10-30-2008, 09:39 AM   #21
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Re: Cold weather flying...any hints/advice?

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The goggles is a great idea, i have that problem even in the early fall with watering eyes... must have sensitive eyes. A van would be perfect just keep everything inside until your ready to fly. I have only flown twice in the winter and it's fun, one thing i really liked was if your plane is darker colours you never lose it in the background when close to landing like you can in the summer. I will be flying my Seawind EP this winter easy and quick to get going.
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Re: Cold weather flying...any hints/advice?

In my younger days, I went winter flying with the guys in the Mississauga Club. What they wore and used is still true today: (BTW, these were IC engines, electrics were still much of a pipedream -- 1980's)
Snowmobile suit and boots, toque, gloves AND mitts.
Sunglasses and baseball hats that fit over toque.
Pre-tune the engine for a slightly wet run (some smoke trailing behind during the fall) and LEAVE IT ALONE!
Good batteries, perhaps with the single-use heating pads to keep the major cold off
Make sure that everything is tight before you head out
Plug the glow-driver on and let it sit a bit before starting up.
Watch for frostbite as well as propbite on cold fingers.
Floats are easier to use than skis (tends to cross over footprints on the runway)
Have somewhere to keep warm (even if a 45-gallon drum burning wood scraps.)
Pack along hot beverages.
Make sure that you can go to the bathroom without having to remove everything.
Have a small toboggan (three feet long) for dragging in everything from the car park, especially if you have to troop it in from the road and not the parking lot.

When it gets really cold, like -40 range, don't go flying....
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:05 AM   #23
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Re: Cold weather flying...any hints/advice?

I'll second the floats idea. They work great and don't affect the flight characteristics of the plane as much. I use Beegee plastic floats these. They work great. I also clean the head of my motor and wrap it with foil tape to keep it warmer. I don't do this with good motors as they probably run hot once in a while. Also keep your fuel warm before you take off. Some of it seems to gel up a bit.

Indoor? Indoor is for puftas! Real men/women fly in the cold

I keep having the same mechanical problem. I've got a loose nut on the transmitter!

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Re: Cold weather flying...any hints/advice?

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LiPo batteries do not like cold weather, so I revert back to NiMh battery packs when I can. When I use LiPo's I keep them in an inside pocket before flying to keep them warm. I carry all my batteries in a small foam chest with a warmed up bag my wife uses for sore muscels -- bought at a Drug Store. I heat this bag in the Micro for about 3 minutes before leaving to fly and find that this keeps the batteries warm for a couple of hours.
I charge the NiMh's up before I go to the field,and then put them on charge just before I fly. I find this final charge warms them up and then fly immediately after they are taken off the charger. On landing I put them back on the charger right away and thus keep them warm.
I also reduce the size of the cowl cooling holes, to reduce the flow of cold breeze through the model.
I also have used Nicads in this manner, but have abandoned them long ago and prefer NiMh's now.
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Old 11-02-2008, 05:01 PM   #25
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Re: Cold weather flying...any hints/advice?

Quote: "Fly with a buddy. The only thing worse than tuning an engine in the cold is doing it alone!"

When we went flying in Northern Ontario at -15 F during the New Liskeard "Dog Dayz of Winter" Fun Fly, and at other such times, make sure you have a buddy close to hand the tranny over to when the fingers get cold. ( every 3 to 4 minutes) so you can warm up your hands and fingers. Believe me, its not a good feeling trying to land your plane when you can't even feel your hands!

It might not be practical for going out for just a couple of flights, but for the Fun Flys, one of the guys always brought and setup a tent equipped with a propane tent heater. It was much easier to warm yourself and equipment up in the tent.

Did anyone say "Hot Chille"? Goes great with cold weather flying.

If you've never done winter flying, you're in for a real treat. You won't believe the performance you get from your plane in the cold dense air! Your plane will fly like it's on rails! Be prepaired to modify/adjust your landing technique because your plane will want to just keep on flying!

First flight, set up your needles and then forget about them. Just keep yourself warm, get in some great flying and have a good time being out with your friends!
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Re: Cold weather flying...any hints/advice?

Skis - water proof the wooden ones - float plane and planes with floats work good too - don't have to worry about foot prints
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Do not lick your antenna
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Old 11-08-2008, 07:59 AM   #28
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Re: Cold weather flying...any hints/advice?

Originally Posted by mporlier View Post
Do not lick your antenna

Lol, good one! Doesn't apply to 2.4Ghz users, although I wouldn't want to lick those ones either.
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