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Old Jan 27, 2013, 02:41 PM
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Full flaps are valuable landing on snow too, average roll out on landing around 2 inches!

I'd flown a few FunCubs before buying mine, it's my 14yr old sons trainer, he even gets to fly it on the buddybox occasionally
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 02:53 PM
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Are you guys using wheels for your snow action or do you run the floats? I've never flown on snow before but I'm planning to mount my floats and give it a go.

In deep snow I feel like the wheels might dig down for a sudden stop, especially on landing.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 02:57 PM
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Ive seen lot's of folks use floats for snow They seem to work great!!...I personally cant help ya'..as the only snow I ever see is in the movies....but..It did get cold here once.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 02:59 PM
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Are you guys using wheels for your snow action or do you run the floats? I've never flown on snow before but I'm planning to mount my floats and give it a go.

In deep snow I feel like the wheels might dig down for a sudden stop, especially on landing.
I run what I have, I would prefer floats for snow but they cost half the price of the kit and we're lucky if we have snow on the ground for more than a few days a year. Landing on the snow was fine with full flaps as there was around a 10-13mph headwind so the landing was pretty near vertical.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 03:00 PM
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I only run floats on the snow.

Here the snow is pretty dry, meaning that it doesn't pack into snowballs at all. It blows around with a good wind so there's really no surface to hold the plane up. Floats provide a lot more surface area so the plane stays on the surface and doesn't sink.

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Old Jan 27, 2013, 03:07 PM
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Flew the wheels off about 2" powder with no problem.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 03:40 PM
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I've only used skis on a couple nitro planes. Here I think it depends on the kind of snow as to what works best. Havent used the fun cub floats for water or snow yet. Skis are fun as long as they dont ice up. If you take metal ones out from the warm and put them in the snow they like to ice up. So you learn to let them get cold before using them. Dont know how all the plastic ones are to use, they arent very expensive some places.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 10:12 PM
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I could've tried my skis Saturday, but a didn't bring the plane as I need to take it apart to fit in the car. Took all my other Abe's and the runway was snow covered...so no flying...I did put floats on my 55" Cessna a it works quite well on frozen grass
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 10:37 AM
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Nice picture of a restored Army Cub. The owner of fantasy of flight once traded his sisters cub for his Jag XKE
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 10:42 AM
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 11:02 AM
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i've flown my funcub on the snow with wheels. as long as the "powder" layer on top is not more than 4 inches or so, it is do-able. (expect a few flips on landing while you figure it out). what you have to do is bring it in with full flap at a high AoA at about 10-20% throttle, then when you are about 3-4 feet out and 1 foot up you want to give a quick burst of power and full up to bring the nose up, and let it just fall. this way the roll out is less than 8 inches, and it usually won't flip. on harder snow, just float it in as slow as you can and try to grease it onto the ground, without too much flop (too much flop will break through the hard top layer and dig the wheels in to the thick snow, flipping it.)

edit: by "flop" I mean letting it drop onto the runway.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 03:30 PM
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I have a receiever ready FC. With a Nano-Tech 2200ma 3S battery all the way forward. The best CG measuremnet I can get is 52mm, the manual calls for 70-80mm. What can I do to fix the problem.

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Old Jan 28, 2013, 03:45 PM
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I have a receiever ready FC. With a Nano-Tech 2200ma 3S battery all the way forward. The best CG measuremnet I can get is 52mm, the manual calls for 70-80mm. What can I do to fix the problem.

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Move the battery back about an inch?
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 04:11 PM
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I have a receiever ready FC. With a Nano-Tech 2200ma 3S battery all the way forward. The best CG measuremnet I can get is 52mm, the manual calls for 70-80mm. What can I do to fix the problem.

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It will fly nose heavy but likes to be back more. I fly around 80 and love it! I wrap the battery in some sticky stuff (I think you can get someting in an auto parts store that helps phones from sliding) and I have velcro running through the bottom to keep it from sliding around. Works great.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:47 PM
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I have a receiever ready FC. With a Nano-Tech 2200ma 3S battery all the way forward. The best CG measuremnet I can get is 52mm, the manual calls for 70-80mm. What can I do to fix the problem.

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Ya like the others said, slide that battery back even if it is close to the opening in the bottom of the plane. I think I would shoot for atleast 70 even if you had to put weight on the tail.
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