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Old 07-20-2021, 09:57 PM   #11
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I actually like windy days.
It makes for softer landings ,slow upwind passes and REALLY FAST downwind low-passes
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Old 07-21-2021, 02:46 AM   #12
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A piece of velcro glued to your forehead would definately help.

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Old 07-21-2021, 07:01 AM   #13
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That won't work Dennis, the blood will get in your eyes. Perhaps some lead wheel weights just under the brim.

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Old 07-21-2021, 08:09 AM   #14
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Re: Wind

OK;

So I am not the only one that likes the wind.

What kind of ‘FUN’ experiences have you had that prove your;
a) Insanity,
b) Good luck,
c) BAD Luck?

Me?
I had a 60 sized five year old Stick – a VMar ARF that didn’t owe me a thing. It was powered by a tried and true Webra 60 that was a perfect match for the airframe.

I arrived at my field to be met by a STRONG Easterly wind that was blowing strait down the runway at about 30 KPH with gusts that exceeded 40 KPH.

Due to this wind I was all alone and bored…

So I fired up the Stick and went flying.

Into the wind the plane was doing a slow crawl at full throttle, WITH the wind it was a rocket! A normal loop took on a VERY Elongated Egg shape…

Eventually; I realized just how bad of an idea this flight was and after 5-6 minutes I thought that I should consider landing with a healthy reserve of fuel (just in case I had to do a go around).

This was the first intelligent thing that I had done all day.
I brought the Stick around to the runway easy enough but the wind was ‘GUSTING’ and blowing me around quite a bit.

I basically ended up hovering the plane at an altitude of ten feet with the engine at half throttle.

The gusts would ‘Bounce’ the plane from 3-20 feet in an instant and then back down.
My thumbs were moving at lightening speeds to try and keep the plane under control and I was on full autopilot.

Suddenly; there was a ‘Lull’ in the wind, a momentary calm between gusts.
I took that opportunity to put the stick on the runway and killed the engine!

Then, I put the Stick back in my car before I decided to push my luck too far… again.
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Old 07-21-2021, 09:15 AM   #15
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Re: Wind

I always refered the wind as a large block of air all traveling ln the same direction. Think of a kids wading pond in the back of a pickup truck. Put a goldfish in it and do 60K down the road. The goldfish does not know he is moving that fast.
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That won't work Dennis, the blood will get in your eyes. Perhaps some lead wheel weights just under the brim.

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Ahhh yes, that's the ticket!

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Re: Wind

Our much missed late friend Dale Hunter had a favorite saying "Fly in the wind or go home little girly man!"

If we didn't fly in the wind here we wouldn't fly! I have learned over the years that there are different kinds of winds, some are quite manageable no matter the speed, smooth and steady. Others even though sometimes light are of the rolling kind and although take offs and flying it quite do-able, landings are a gamble. I agree with some here that some aircraft just plain fly better in a wind than in the calm.

A number of years ago a neighboring club invited us to participate in a public demo fly to be held in conjunction with a special day right on the site of the Wetaskiwin Reynolds Air Museum. On arrival the wind was blowing straight down the runway at a nice steady 40 Km/Hr. There was a lot of grumbling, complaining and long faces. No one was willing to put a bird up. After what seemed like for ever a couple guys took thier sport planes up, declared it flyable but too risky.

At that point my son-in-law and I decided to end the whining, fueled up and fired up my daughter's 3 channel Kadet Seniorita, took it out and placed in take off position (too windy to taxi it) and she took it off and flew a few laps. My son-in-law then took over and did some nice into the wind loops, barrel rolls and hammerheads. He concluded the flight by hovering the plane into the wind and bring it down slowly and gently until it was 5 feet off the runway then walked out and picked it out of the air with his hand.

That broke the mood and suddenly everyone was firing up a bird and trying to duplicate the flight!
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Old 07-22-2021, 01:17 PM   #19
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Re: Wind

When flying something forgiving with flaps (like a big stik) in strong winds, I keep trying to keep the plane level while traveling backwards. A level "hover" is as close as I've gotten (so far).
Anyone manage a level flight with a negative ground speed?
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Re: Wind

I remember flying my Tigermoth backwards at the field one time when the wind was very strong . it was so windy that you needed to maintain 1/3 throttle at a full stop, and when I did chop the throttle the plane flipped over on it's back .. Really miss that plane
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