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Old Jun 20, 2005, 06:42 PM
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Too hot to fly!

Look at this one. It actually cooled down from 115.1 when I got home about 2 hours ago. The outside temp sensor is mounted in the shade under the carport and sees no direct sunlight. And you thought it was hot where you are.

The wind isn't too bad right now but the heat would probably loosen the covering enough that it would blow off in the air!


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Old Jun 20, 2005, 07:16 PM
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I would fly in this. Just make sure I have a 5 gallon jug of water with me.
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Old Jun 20, 2005, 07:41 PM
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Just toss a foamy out the window then close it and fly from inside.
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Old Jun 20, 2005, 07:47 PM
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I wondered about how your covering was affected by that heat. I remember the interior on my new Toyota cracking in less than a year when I lived in Tucson. After the monsoon season you will be sitting pretty again for the fall/winter though. I guess it's a trade off huh?
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Old Jun 20, 2005, 07:53 PM
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Heh! That's nothin! There were a few people that brough their planes with them to the Qatari desert. Lemme tell ya, even fun-fly planes will thermal in 131 degree heat!
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Old Jun 20, 2005, 08:09 PM
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I just checked the weather in Doha,Qatar. It's only 93 there right now. It's still 110 here. I think we had a climate swap. They can have it back.


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Old Jun 20, 2005, 08:10 PM
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Quote:
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Look at this one. It actually cooled down from 115.1 when I got home about 2 hours ago.......

Joe


But it's a dry heat!!


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Old Jun 20, 2005, 08:11 PM
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Bildo,

So-Lite doesn't do well in this heat at all. You can see it flapping around in flight. Building the wing absolutely straight is a MUST. You can't rely on the covering to pull out a warp and expect it to stay. That's why I've moved to using SolarFilm. It's heavier but much stronger and doesn't loosen as much.


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Old Jun 20, 2005, 08:14 PM
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But it's a dry heat!!


Dave
I'll give you that. I went to Houston for Mothers day several years ago. I stepped off the plane and couldn't breath from the humidity. Don't expect to see me back in Texas anythime soon.


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Old Jun 20, 2005, 08:15 PM
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Primo summer model flying hours in the desert southwest are just after sunrise . . usually less wind and relatively moderate temperatures. Always a good idea to ensure all wing compartments have a small hole in the ribs to vent them to atmosphere. This reduces the chances of the covering puffing up like a microwave popcorn bag.
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Old Jun 20, 2005, 08:15 PM
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I will get back to you in Jan. or Feb and post a temperature reading for you. I am talking -30 degree temps not including windchill. Include windchill and the temps will sink into the -70 or possibly lower. We are talkign about skin freezing in less then 5 min if it is not covered up.

Yesterday we had temps spiking around 103 degrees with a hot wind blowing in your face. Humidity was in the 80 to 90% area. I had to find a shady spot for charging batteries and storing my planes when I was not flying them.
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Old Jun 20, 2005, 09:46 PM
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I had the cowlings on my formosa and DC-3 melt yesterday and it was only 96 degrees. I can't imagine what 115 would do to them.
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