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Old May 24, 2015, 10:06 AM
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Almost constant windy weather?

I am seriously thinking about selling my entire helicopter fleet off. I'm in the Southeastern U.S. and it seems that the wind here now blows constantly at 10 mph - 20mph...tired of fighting it. I don't enjoy trying to fly into a gale force wind.

I'm 58 years old and I simply do not remember these kind of conditions throughout the Summer months here. I remember in years past that in the Summer we would sit around and fan and pray for a slight breeze.

Anyone else think conditions have changed over the last several years?
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Old May 24, 2015, 10:19 AM
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Course they have. It's all that hot air coming out of Washington!
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Old May 24, 2015, 10:48 AM
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I can't comment on your local weather but I live in southern England in a long ridge of hills called The Downs ,the hills effect the weather dramatically and during the winter I can be grounded for weeks on end ,even in summer maybe 1 totally calm day in 3 is good going ,once you fly rc heli's you notice it a lot more that's for sure .
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Old May 24, 2015, 03:58 PM
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I am looking for slower winds mid June.
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Old May 24, 2015, 05:12 PM
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Know how you feel. Wind forecast is the dominant factor. As I venture out more and more, a helicopters wind fighting ability is right at the top of the list.
I had a v912 FP 200 size with flybar, nightmare in any wind, stopped flying it, used it for spares for FX071c which is (a bit) better. New generation of flybarless CP better, (.v977 OK,) others on the horizon awaiting release.
Ive started using quadcopters for wind, I like helis much more than quads, but in wind any flight is better than no flight. Ill have a go if its less than 10 mph. If its very windy Ill take out my kite. No honestly, any flight better than none. It would be interesting to hear others advice on helis that are good in windy conditions.
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Old May 24, 2015, 06:50 PM
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What size models are you flying?

I have read that 500+ size helicopters do pretty good in wind.

Our 450 handles 10 Mph with no problem.
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Old May 24, 2015, 06:57 PM
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Most of my helis are cp, with an exception of a 200srx, a v912 and a v913. The 200 handles wind well for its size and being a fp, the 912 is ok if flown aggressively but the poor 913 doesn't stand much of a chance if it is very windy. I have a T-REX 500 waiting to be built and several fp birds that will fly in a breeze, but it isn't a whole lot of fun.
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Most of my helis are cp, with an exception of a 200srx, a v912 and a v913. The 200 handles wind well for its size and being a fp, the 912 is ok if flown aggressively but the poor 913 doesn't stand much of a chance if it is very windy. I have a T-REX 500 waiting to be built and several fp birds that will fly in a breeze, but it isn't a whole lot of fun.
Sounds like you are right where I am. I also have a fleet of FP's and smaller CP's.

Except I still have to buy a 500.

Actually have had my eye on the 360 CFX.
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Old May 24, 2015, 11:16 PM
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Wind a 450 is good. 500 or more better yet. F/P and wind will always be problem. C/p you have positive and negative pitch. 500 has twice weight and power of a 450.
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Old May 25, 2015, 12:32 PM
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Yes CP is the way foward, when taking on wind.
However my very little Hisky hfp 80 v2 is not bad in light to moderate gusts, especially for a FP and its the smallest and lightest heli I own
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FBL helis even F/P have higher head speed than fly-bared f/p birds. I have flown Mini c/p bl in 15 -20 mph wind. If you keep nose dowm it flys fine. My FBL 450's get a small bump and self correct. gyros do work. Ya wanta take on wind forget F/P helis. Only c/p can handle decent amount of wind. F/P is fine to get basics down. Calm conditions sport fly fine again. You like to fly helis and fly f/p good. Then move to c/p its whats needed to go big or as small as needed.
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You could always go a different route too, sail planes and gliders (powered) do very well in the wind and then you have the entire branch of RC aircraft that don't have [thrust providing / lifting] motors at all! All sorts of gliders, I bet if you insisted on a rotor wing you could make some type of gyrocopter that was (lift) motorless.

I have definitely noticed a change in the winds over the last decade but around here I don't think they're any stronger or more consistent, more like they've rotated around to mainly head SE to W where as typically (decades past) I always remember them blowing SW to E.
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Yeah, the weather's been unusual in Texas too this year. No tornados in Dallas this year (yet), but nearly every day this month we've had rain. Definitely enough to sing the blues about:

Stevie Ray Vaughan in Tokyo "Texas Flood" (10 min 0 sec)
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Old May 26, 2015, 11:33 PM
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Some areas Climate change could be factor. Other places benifit from it. I never paid attension to wind when I was not flying all the time. I fly 100 size to 450 c/p's. to windy fly inside.
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It's all that hot air coming out of Washington!
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