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Old Nov 08, 2011, 01:16 PM
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Max wind speed


thinking of getting one of these powered gliders (ALPHA 139 RTF 4 channel) what I would like to know if someone can help, what is the Max wind speed I can fly the plane, Newish Flyer.

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Old Nov 08, 2011, 02:22 PM
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Theoretically, the max wind speed is anything that's less than the plane's top speed.

In practice, your ability to fly in the wind will have the most effect on what sort of wind you can fly in...
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Old Nov 08, 2011, 03:04 PM
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As TP put it, plus if your flying site suffers from gusty, turbulent conditions, a whole lot less.

But it's a good way to improve your repairing skills.
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Old Nov 08, 2011, 03:34 PM
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For a newish flyer perhaps 0-6 mph. Steady wind is best, gusts are nasty. A gentle breeze will help you land without floating too far (but alwayds land into wind of course).
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Old Nov 08, 2011, 05:49 PM
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I was flying my sky surfer today in gusts the had the plane going backward at almost full throttle. Finally got caught trying to crab it back and the wind got under it and flipped it inverted...got it recovered and right side up but it wasn't a very pretty landing. Had to reepoxy the horizontal stabilizer but all else came out fine. I fly in 15+ mph winds all the time with sky surfer...Great plane to learn on in that regard....rugged and easy to fix
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