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Old Jan 22, 2013, 06:38 AM
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So I had quite the adventure today. Even though common sense would say not to try to take the Champ up 1,000 feet plus on a windy day, I did it anyway.
GB
Ah, the old heart-pounding, wallet-bending sense of fear! Very familiar with that... I have it every time I fly!!!! Congratulations!
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:30 AM
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unbelievable! that sounds totally amazing? what was the confirm with, a meter, or visual?

We all are waiting for the show. Thanks you for sharing

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Happy all worked out.


A excellent Dive is always the thrill
Thank you

The confirmation was visual based on what the guys on the ground saw in contrast to my friend's Bixler. I kept climbing and he was chasing and circling to provide a frame of reference. He was 900 something feet according to his onboard equipment and I was much higher than he was, closer to 1,100 than I was 1,000 in contrast.

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Sounds like a very exciting flight! Glad you met a goal of joined the 1,000 ft club with the Champ.
It sure was and thank you!

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I was up pretty high once. In a strong wind too. It was blowing my Champ away from me and nothin was working to get her back. I had to get the nose pointed at the ground and go WOT to get her back to me. It was a lesson that is hard to learn. Loosing one into the sunset is the worst lesson of all. If you can't find it...ya can't repair it. So, no matter what...better to crash her in, than to save it and loose it forever. Write your phone number on the fuse and wing. Anyway, was an exciting read. Thanks for sharing. Happy Flyin
Lee
I should probably write my info on it. Thank you for the idea.

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if i can get 500 feet ill be happy with the range, i think.

hey thanks for that recommendation. i think that charger would suit me better than to keep buying alkalines to charge the scouts lipos. so this comes with an ac wall adapter and will charge both the champ and the scout lipo batteries? i dont want to keep buying alkaline batteries for the scout. the savings in the long run would be worth it plus i have a 10% code at hobby zone going right now.
I took mine up to around the 300 foot range with the stock TX and would never do that again knowing what I know now. Its RX is very good, but it needs a TX to match.

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ok i just had a few thoughts.

can the champs stock charger use eneloops?

does the champ stock transmitter have range for a football field? i think thats 300 feet?

lastly can the champs stock charger charge the blade scout lipos? if yes to all 3 i dont have much to worry about.
I personally wouldn't push more than 200 feet with it.

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Ah, the old heart-pounding, wallet-bending sense of fear! Very familiar with that... I have it every time I fly!!!! Congratulations!
Thank you! I am still feeling relieved I got it back down for me to enjoy again in the future. I wish I could say the same about my P-51. It got back safely, but won't fly anymore due to what seems to be a burned out engine.

Now I just need to buy a keychain cam with great quality that won't mess with my wallet too much to document it if I decide to do this again in the future.

GB
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:21 AM
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yeah what i meant by posting that video is it looks like hes flying the champ in an area thats around 300 feet and thats plenty for me so i dont need to upgrade to dx6i
The stock tx should suit you fine then. Mostly I was referring to the guys making personal altitude records, the stock tx won't do it and you will loose the plane if you try, just a "heads up" on that mostly for other noobies reading the thread and unaware of the stock tx limits. Those that fly their Champ into the stratosphere are not very likely to hurt anyone or anything if they loose it because it is such a light model but should give thought to what they are doing and that winds aloft are usually much higher than at ground level. Would be very easy to pass into a layer of air moving 20 knots at 1000 Feet above ground level even if it is calm at the ground.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 06:55 AM
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The stock tx should suit you fine then. Mostly I was referring to the guys making personal altitude records, the stock tx won't do it and you will loose the plane if you try, just a "heads up" on that mostly for other noobies reading the thread and unaware of the stock tx limits. Those that fly their Champ into the stratosphere are not very likely to hurt anyone or anything if they loose it because it is such a light model but should give thought to what they are doing and that winds aloft are usually much higher than at ground level. Would be very easy to pass into a layer of air moving 20 knots at 1000 Feet above ground level even if it is calm at the ground.
This is so very true! What I did was not for noobs or anyone that has a brand new Champ. I nearly lost mine taking the risks I did.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 05:06 PM
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How safe is it to fly in the extreme cold? Besides the battery are there any real issues? Temps are supposed to drop into the single digits tonight with light wind.

I have a well lit back yard which hopefully will be supplimented by some of that glorious winter moon light.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 05:16 PM
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How safe is it to fly in the extreme cold? Besides the battery are there any real issues? Temps are supposed to drop into the single digits tonight with light wind.

I have a well lit back yard which hopefully will be supplimented by some of that glorious winter moon light.
It is plenty safe but your battery doesn't like the cold, so flying time will be reduced - probably significantly in the single digits. Everything else will function better than you will - LOL!!!
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 05:20 PM
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you may think you are in control, but the champ will control you. try not to listen to the champ, and listen to your frozen heart. Don't fly. wait for the next few days when it will be warmer, with Snow on the floor?
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 05:32 PM
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you may think you are in control, but the champ will control you. try not to listen to the champ, and listen to your frozen heart. Don't fly. wait for the next few days when it will be warmer, with Snow on the floor?
Flying in the snow, now that's worth waiting for! I flew when it snowed on the Dec 28th.

I've flown the Champ every chance I could get this winter, which usually has been between 7:00 and 7:30am with the coldest temps in or around 20. No issues mechanically with the plane. Just a few frozen digits.

Temps in the single digits are quite a drop from 20 though.

If the champ says fly I must fly.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 06:17 PM
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How safe is it to fly in the extreme cold? Besides the battery are there any real issues? Temps are supposed to drop into the single digits tonight with light wind.

I have a well lit back yard which hopefully will be supplimented by some of that glorious winter moon light.
Keep the battery warm, any spares warm in your pocket. They won't cool off a lot because they generate heat with the amp draw on them. You might see slightly reduced flight times but I don't guess drastically different.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 06:21 PM
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yeah.. as long as you can keep them warm until you plug them and fly off they shouldnt perform much worst..

but if you let them cool... my HBZ Champ for example usually lasts arround 8-10m in the air... with too cold weather and cold batteries it droped to 2m
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 06:30 PM
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The batteries and cold thing comes up alot in various threads. I don't have any noticeable reduction in flight times with any of my ultra-micro size lipos (or any other size) flying my helis outdoors in near zero or even sub zero (zero celsius, 32F) temperatures...

...if the battery is already warm when you begin and we're not talking rediculously cold temperatures like -25C... my buddy does fly his planes at up to around -10C and even sometimes -15C. Lipos generate their own heat while they're being used at the current levels we use them at.

We recently discussed this in the 120sr thread.

When this comes up, I usually mention that I have a contiguous un-edited video on my YouTube channel of me flying my mcx2 outdoors last January at around 0C temperature with a 1S 160mah lipo for a full 6 minute flight (same as when I fly it in the house) without hitting LVC.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 06:41 PM
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Yes I hear the champ calling? That 7AM start is expanding to 6:50 AM,, and earlier, each time. That window is a great time to get out and fly? If you are strapping on the bat, like the guys say, make sure its warm, in the hand glove will be fine?

11 degrees feels like -3 degrees, that is another story? and I agree, with no argument at all.

To each their own. Remember to keep yourself warm.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 10:47 PM
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Got in three good flights tonight the cold wasn't that bad.

There is a white substance in between the balck part of the connector on the original eflite 150mah Lipo battery and the silver part of the battery itself which seems to have expanded. Is this glue or the polymer?

The battery felt hot to the touch in that spot. I think its time to put this battery to rest for good. Not sure if you can see it in the picture?
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 05:21 AM
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Play it safe and toss that baby.


Different strokes for different folks

cold hot, how you like to go about it . when the bug bites, it bytes hard
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 06:58 AM
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Got in three good flights tonight the cold wasn't that bad.

There is a white substance in between the balck part of the connector on the original eflite 150mah Lipo battery and the silver part of the battery itself which seems to have expanded. Is this glue or the polymer?

The battery felt hot to the touch in that spot. I think its time to put this battery to rest for good. Not sure if you can see it in the picture?
It shouldn't be that hot. If you are hesitant to trash it, read this POST. I was hesitant to get rid of this type of battery, too, but I learned to respect overheating batteries.
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