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Old Sep 05, 2012, 03:33 PM
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How windy is too windy?

I am flying my 120 SR outdoors and know it needs to be calm for successful flying but am ready to start flying my SR CP bird and find I talk myself out of flying because it is "too windy".

So my question is, how much wind is too much wind for a newbie to fly a CP bird in? Does the size of the heli matter? Experience of the pilot? Flybar versus flybarless? Other factors?
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Old Sep 05, 2012, 03:40 PM
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If you are new to CP, I would suggest picking a windless day to make the first steps. A CP will behave quite differently than the self stabilizing 120 SR.
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Old Sep 05, 2012, 03:49 PM
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Definitely depends on pilot skill level. If your new to cp practice on windless days and as your skills improve try to fly in light breeze then, under windier conditions. It is easier to fly in a steady wind than when wind is gusting.
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Old Sep 05, 2012, 06:10 PM
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Go out and try flying. If you can't control it, it's too windy.

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Old Sep 05, 2012, 08:51 PM
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When I started out on FP's I could never fly them outside. It was ALWAYS too windy. Once I moved on to CP's I was like you.......always talking myself out flying as it was too windy. I finally took a chance and flew anyway. I realized CP's do very well in wind. I have several Walkera 120 size helis and I'll fly them in in wind up to 20mph with gust and never even think about the wind anymore.

CP's seem to be very unaffected by the wind or very little at the most.
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Old Sep 05, 2012, 08:58 PM
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I am flying my 120 SR outdoors and know it needs to be calm for successful flying but am ready to start flying my SR CP bird and find I talk myself out of flying because it is "too windy".

So my question is, how much wind is too much wind for a newbie to fly a CP bird in? Does the size of the heli matter? Experience of the pilot? Flybar versus flybarless? Other factors?
The experience of the pilot definitely matters. The larger the heli, the more able it is to handle wind. Flybarless helis handle wind much better than flybarred helis as they have a locked in feeling. The other factor is that the heli will handle wind better if you fly in idle up/stunt mode, that is even if you do not fly 3D.
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Old Sep 06, 2012, 12:03 AM
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And most beginner pilots will not start their first CP directly in idle up mode, I think, and hope. A CP can handle wind better, but the pilot still has to control the heli. If you over correct, make the heli bank right, and a gust will get under the blades, it will still have crashed before you, as beginner pilot, are able to bring it back to level flight. If it's a small heli, and you can fly over tall grass, you could get away with it, but otherwise it could get messy and expensive to repair afterwards.
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Old Sep 06, 2012, 01:03 AM
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Go out and try flying. If you can't control it, it's too windy.

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Old Sep 06, 2012, 01:40 AM
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CP do very well with wind, but gusts are different story.
Generally like what everyone says, if you're new, fly on windless day... Otherwise unless its really gusty (20mph+), then CPs should be fine IMHO
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Old Sep 06, 2012, 02:32 AM
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Go out and try flying. If you can't control it, it's too windy.

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And as added bonus you have a jigsaw puzzle afterwards.
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Old Sep 06, 2012, 02:36 AM
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There is also a big difference between constant wind in one direction and sudden gusts from different directions. If your heli suddenly starts shooting up and down by several feet, then perhaps it is time to stop flying.
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