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Old Mar 31, 2011, 10:07 AM
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An exercise in frustration

Last nite, the weather web sites were forecasting calm winds at 4-5mph in Chicago. So I grabbed my T-45 EDF jet and my UMT-28 to go fly. It would be the maiden flight for the T-45 and re-maiden for the UMT-28 since I replaced the wings and tail stabilizers.

Got to the flying are and the wind is stiff at 10-12mph, my WAG. It certainly wasn't 4-5mph. And it's cold. I decided not to maiden the T-45.

I went behind a small hill to try and it felt much calmer. It didn't feel as windy on the ground. I decided to fly the UMT-28. While it was relatively calm on the ground, about 100ft up, it was not calm. I think the wind is being kicked up by the hill. It was a handful to fly in the wind. ARGH!!! My little UMT-28 was being tossed around like a small skiff in stormy waters.

Even though I balanced it at home, adding a dime to the nose to balance it, the first throw it went straight vertical, then the wind caught it and took it away from me. I recovered and fought the wind to fly back and managed to gently crash it on the grass. I shifted the battery forward more and it helped, but with throttle, it goes vertical again. After a few more crashes, the last one bent the lower part of the rudder, I called it a nite.

I'm really frustrated right now with the UMT-28. I know it's a great plane, but it seems I can't friggin fly it unless it's dead calm. And those days are few and far in between for Chicago. I got the P-40 (previous blog) to fly when there's some wind. I want to fly. I don't want to stare at the planes on the shelf. So frustrated right now...
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Old Mar 31, 2011, 01:24 PM
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Hey bro...don't get frustrated. I have been flying planes all sizes for 15 years. I have the micro T-28 and it flies great, especially with high rates for aerobatics....but......it must be calm. First time I flew her it was 10mph wind and it was quite funny....kinda like a butterfly in a hurricane. But on totally calm days she rocks and people get impressed as I fly her like a madman. You will need to only fly this plane with wind no more than 5 mph.
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Old Mar 31, 2011, 01:49 PM
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thanks warwickcorvette1 for the encouragement. I really do like the UMT-28. And you're right, it's like a butterfly in a hurricane. All over the place. I think that if you can master the UMT-28 in windy conditions, you can fly anything! I think I'm going to have to search out indoor flying venues.
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