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Old Feb 26, 2014, 04:43 AM
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Best Airframe for Wind - Talon, SW, SH or X8?

I need to choose a FPV frame for winds exceeding 25km/h.

My candidates are the Skywalker 1700, X-UAV Talon, X8 and the Skyhunter.

From the looks of it, the Talon seems to be the way to go, shortest wing span and most compact frame. Or am I completely wrong?

I've had my 1900 Skywalker out in high wind, and it's really very hard to handle to the point where it feels like the gusts will separate the wing from the body.

Any insights appreciated!
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Old Feb 27, 2014, 12:28 AM
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Wind handling

I had an original Skywalker, a Super Sky Surfer 2000, and now the Talon. The Talon definitely has been less affected by strong and gusty winds. I have flown in 20mph winds with gusts close to 30mph and it handled them very well. Using the RVOSD on Fly by Wire I hardly noticed the winds except for my difference in ground speed upwind and downwind.
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Old Feb 27, 2014, 12:57 AM
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I own and have flown SW1680, X8 and Skyhunter in big winds.
The X8 is the fastest and most efficient, so can make the
best headway against a stiff wind, but it's not a very stable
video platform in turbulent air. For that the Skyhunter is
the best choice.

I don't own a Talon, so can't speak to its stability from personal experience but
I'm having a hard time finding unstabilized videos from the Talon on YouTube which
may be indicative of an issue. Sort of like how I don't post much video from the X8.
Of course there is also the problem of the perpetually scratched up nose dome.
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Old Sep 19, 2014, 09:00 PM
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Well today we hard a storming kind of windy day.. me and my friends went to fly. He as a talon and I have the x8.. result was only x8 could fly..
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Old Sep 20, 2014, 10:02 AM
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I need to choose a FPV frame for winds exceeding 25km/h.

My candidates are the Skywalker 1700, X-UAV Talon, X8 and the Skyhunter.

From the looks of it, the Talon seems to be the way to go, shortest wing span and most compact frame. Or am I completely wrong?

I've had my 1900 Skywalker out in high wind, and it's really very hard to handle to the point where it feels like the gusts will separate the wing from the body.

Any insights appreciated!
Pick plane that is designed for speed
One that has thin wings, and skinny fuse, and strong riggid structure
A plane that is not draggy

One that does not look like a house boat with wings
No big fat tugboat of a plane
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Old Sep 20, 2014, 07:31 PM
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I have no experience with anything other than the skyhunter, but I must say, MAN, that thing can take some wind like 30mph constant and 40mph gusts and was still mostly stable. My vote goes to the SH
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