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Old Aug 07, 2002, 09:54 AM
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When's the best time to fly?

This is my first summer flying and I most always fly my plane in the evenings just before dark. For the past few weeks the wind has kept me out of the air completely ?? Is it typical that the breeze picks to 10mph a half hour before dark ?? Do most of you guys fly at night or do you get up early in the mornings and fly before you go to work ?? Are the winds calm early in the morning ?? I'm thinking about setting my alarm for 4:30am but before I wake up the house hold at daybreak, I just wanted get a poll from all you mad flyers !! P.S. My wife thinks I'm crazy anyway, why not get up with the birds ??
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Old Aug 07, 2002, 10:06 AM
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Hi. I fly in the Morning before work about 5:45am and in the evening after work an Hour before sunset. I never been so busy watching the wind in my whole life ever sence I started the Park Flying. Getting up in the Morning with the Birds is just a sacrifice I make.

SLEEP IS OPTIONAL! FLYING IS REQUIRED!

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Old Aug 07, 2002, 10:22 AM
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I always fly in the morning before work usually somewhere between 6 - 9am. Around here that's best for no wind.
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Old Aug 07, 2002, 10:39 AM
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Morning it is...

Morning is almost always calm, at least around here. Once the sun heats up the ground the likelihood of wind is much greater. Seems like every time I have gone out in the evening a breeze picks up.
I like to wait for the sun to be up for a few hours before flying as this usually provides better light for seeing the plane. I've had more than one crash due to losing orientation due to low light.
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Old Aug 07, 2002, 10:43 AM
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I think it depends on where you live.
Here there is usually a light breeze in the mornings (doesn't keep me from flying), and it's usually calms about an hour before dusk.

Jason
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Old Aug 07, 2002, 10:59 AM
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in the morning, by all means... there is a guy who flies every morning, rain or shine, in the park near my place. I don't know ... may be the flying bug bites him or what?
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Old Aug 07, 2002, 11:10 AM
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I prefer mornings too. There are more calm mornings here than evenings. Usually the wind doesn't calm down until just about dark and doesn't leave much flying time. If I get out at 5:30 to 6:00 a.m. I can usually fly for about two hours before the wind starts up. It seems to be calmer in the summer than in the winter to. I don't seem to get as many calm mornings in the winter.

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Old Aug 07, 2002, 02:07 PM
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Evening for me. I start flying with a plane that can take some wind, then as the evening wears on and the winds die down I switch to the Mini IFO, then the Tiger Moth with light kit. It is so relaxing to lay in bed and fall asleep thinking of those wonderful evening flights!!

If I flew in the morning I don't think I'd ever make it to work
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Old Aug 07, 2002, 02:14 PM
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Yea Getting to work after flying takes lots of Discipline. I say to myself just one more flight. Before I know it Im late to work. Now how do I get one of those R/C test pilot Jobs.
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Old Aug 07, 2002, 03:30 PM
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My best time is turning out to be from sunup for an hour or two until the wind picks up.

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Old Aug 07, 2002, 03:32 PM
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both am and pm

sleep...who can sleep when the wind is down

i fly from about 6 am to 7 am every morning (most days)
and when the wind dies dwn at night (usually just before dark)

sunday am from about sun up (bout 6:30 7 now) till 11:00
or when the wind gets to be too much or all my batteries run out
whichever comes first


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Old Aug 07, 2002, 05:54 PM
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Just to be different, I always fly in the evenings. The wind usually diminishes in the last hour before sunset.
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Old Aug 07, 2002, 08:37 PM
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where I live, it has been windy pretty much all summer, with just a few breaks, usualy in the evening, but most nights the wind is steady at 8 mph, with gusts to 15 mph I just make the best of the time i get.
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Old Aug 07, 2002, 08:52 PM
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Evenings, It always makes for a challenge to do touch and go's when you can barely see the TM.
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Old Aug 07, 2002, 08:58 PM
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what is going on?
what is the matter?

even if you wanted to fly at midnight... fly then... don't talk...
as long as you like it... no problem at all...
he he he...
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