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Old Nov 09, 2011, 04:59 PM
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Love my E-Flite Extra 300

I finally got out ot the field and flew her again last weekend. What a plane. Just so sweet to fly. I am getting 10 minutes out of my 4000 packs and they are only down to 3.7v or so.

At our field we have a LOT of guys flying 25%, 30%, 45% planes. Now I have nothing against big planes (other than being hard to store and transport). But if you listen to a lot of these guys, you would think nothing less than 25% can be flown in the wind. I think a lot of this is a fad personally. A lot of these guys just want to have the biggest plane at the field on a given day. We had about 10-15 mph at 90 degrees crosswind. Not ideal, but not a problem for the little Extra. I was able to fly just as well as they were. In fact I thought it was funny that the one guy with the 30% Cap was practicing torque rolls and he wasn't having much luck. I heard him comment that it was too windy and he was getting blown across the field too fast. So I proceeded to do a couple 3 rotation torque rolls in the same spot on my next flight Boy does she look pretty hanging on the prop like that...

Anyways... I don't know if I'll be able to get any more flights in this season or not. What a horrible year for flying it has been here. Most rain ever this year. Our field was like a sponge even after a week of no rain. Here's hoping next year is a little more friendly.

I don't know what else to say about the E-Flite Extra 300. It is a fantastic plane. I have downsized my hangar and I only intend to keep a few birds due to storage space issues. This plane has definitely earned a spot. It flys so nice and is great to learn new maneuvers on. I only wish I had more stick time on her this year. If you are thinking of buying one, stop thinking and go get it. You won't regret it. I parallel charge 6 packs before I head out the field and that gives me a minimum of 1 hr of flight time. If I'm there on a Sat. morning I can always throw the packs back on the charger and get another hour of flight time. It doesn't get much better than that. Easy, clean, and quiet. Love it.
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Old Nov 09, 2011, 05:18 PM
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right idea

with proper wing loading and the correct airfoil even a less than 1 pound airframe can fly in windy conditions. And a four foot + wingspan should be adequate (vision wise) even for old timers (62+ like me) enjoy!!
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Old Nov 09, 2011, 05:31 PM
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with proper wing loading and the correct airfoil even a less than 1 pound airframe can fly in windy conditions. And a four foot + wingspan should be adequate (vision wise) even for old timers (62+ like me) enjoy!!
I totally agree. I may not be 62+ (37) but I've been flying since the early 80's. Back then .40 size was average, and a .60 size was a big plane. I was always taught that wind=airspeed If you don't fly in the wind in Ohio, you will never fly. I still remember the best RC pilot I have ever seen was a guy that could do things with a 20 size pattern plane that most guys couldn't do with ANY size plane.
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Old Nov 09, 2011, 07:15 PM
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There's a guy at the local field who flies one and it cuts a gorgeous clean line. The only strange thing to me with the plane is that the underside is all white with no patterns. It's nice to have a contrasting pattern on the bottom - especially on overcast days.
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Old Nov 09, 2011, 10:34 PM
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Read the Fly Rc article on the 300. Looks like a real nice ride. I am not a fan of big planes either. My largest is a 72" Cub,that's the size limit for me. And I rarely fly it because of the hassles associated with setting it up. I don't want to drag a trailer or spend an hour setting up my plane. I agree that even one pound planes that are designed properly can handle high winds.
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Old Nov 10, 2011, 10:28 AM
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There's a guy at the local field who flies one and it cuts a gorgeous clean line. The only strange thing to me with the plane is that the underside is all white with no patterns. It's nice to have a contrasting pattern on the bottom - especially on overcast days.
I agree 7rider. I will be adding something to the underside. It is difficult to see on a cloudy day. It's an easy fix though.
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