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Old Aug 10, 2003, 10:35 AM
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Wind range slow stick

What is the highest wind range you have ever flow a slow stick.
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Old Aug 10, 2003, 10:38 AM
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about 10 mph with gusts, It was a handfull. Itgets tossed and turned.
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Old Aug 10, 2003, 11:08 AM
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About 12mph. And "flying" would be a relative term for what the Slow Stick was doing.

It was fun though.
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Old Aug 10, 2003, 11:12 AM
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I have one flying on a 400C-F that was reinforced for my Astro brushless that weighs 30 oz and have flown it in 15 mph gusting winds with an 10 cell 1600 NiMH pack but it isn't restful! I was flying my modified Wingo in 14mph gusting winds (Airport wind speed) yesterday and that wasn't very restful either! Never have crashed either in the winds but has made for some hairy landings!
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Old Aug 10, 2003, 11:22 AM
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so I am not crazy for flying in the wind

I flew today about 10mph lumpy wind, it was a handfull but vary fun. Good flight training for a new pilot. I guess you can say when the wind speed exceeds the forward flight of the plane its to windy. But its fun to land like a jump jet. Down wind speed was good.

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Old Aug 10, 2003, 12:17 PM
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i just hate landing backwards lol! My field is good for that though but if i climb too high it will fly slowly backwards even if it's completely still where i land. Not good to do a banked corner into it though or a loop as it'lll flip it over.
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Old Aug 10, 2003, 12:28 PM
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fly inverted

come in over your field iverted and do a half loop down to a landing. Make sure you loop is not to high you will miss the landing. And make sure your loop is not to low. Well you know what happens then. Yep busted up.

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Old Aug 10, 2003, 01:03 PM
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My Beaver horizontaly hovers in about 5mph winds! not much fun (but i've just got some 8cell nimh's which will hopefully make it a bit more wind proof )
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Old Aug 10, 2003, 01:50 PM
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Only had 1 decent 'high wind' flight with my SS. Would of made a good vid too.

It was a big open field, so the runway had good clean air, surprisingly and also rarely, there seemed to be a sweet spot in our runway with absolutely no gusts. Take off was a short 2 to 4", it lifted off with no more forward flight and was very easy just to hold it there in front of me not even 3' away. As long as I kept it pointed into the wind, and with very small stick inputs, I could move about this 4 to 6' sweet zone anywhere I wanted.

It was a blast, never experienced anything like that again.
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Old Aug 10, 2003, 03:15 PM
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When the winds get up around 10mph I usually hand-launch my slowstick and try to get upwind and as much altitude as possible. It usually involves a bit of tacking back and forth.

My battery packs (7 cell KAN950's) only last half as long, about 7-8 minutes, due to more aggressive throttle. I fly the stock EPS300C-D, 11x8 prop.

I do find that looping is a tad easier into the wind. If I fly inverted more than 20 seconds I get severe wing flutter, folded wings not good, so I roll back quickly .

In good gusts, with the Slowstick, you're definitely flying the wing, rather than the motor.

When the LVC kicks in I'll coast 'er down wind and then turn into it and flare; hopefully I'm close enough to terra-firma by then !
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Old Aug 10, 2003, 05:34 PM
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With all my wings reduced about 20% in size and a brushless motor I frequently fly in 15 to 20 mph winds. ( according to info provided by the NOAA in my area)
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Old Aug 11, 2003, 01:44 AM
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I once made the mistake of flying in about 20mph winds (BIGGGGGGG mistake) and ended up cruising at about 5 mph (backwards!) into a pine tree.
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