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Old Apr 18, 2007, 02:22 PM
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HBFP-like heli capable of flight in wind??

Well, I've gotten pretty good with my blade CX2. I'm ready for a good outdoor flyer. I've been VERY tempted to get the HB FP, but I live in an area where it's usually pretty windy…not extremely windy, but there's always a little breeze. I want to fly strictly outdoors so I need to be able to handle the wind. So, I'm assuming a CP is better than an FP? Also, I guess I'm a beginner so I don't want anything too ridiculously hard to fly. I bet I could handle a CP from the minimal sim time I've spent at the hobby shop. I was flyin upside down and stuff, although that's not my interest. I just want to be able to fly outside in FFF and do nice banking turns. 3D not necessary!!!

So what would be a good beginner heli that would be capable of flying outdoors in light wind conditions? I really like the HBFP and the price. Could it handle slight winds? Is there a comparable heli that can? I'm sure I'll probably end up with the HB FP anyway because of the price

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Old Apr 18, 2007, 02:26 PM
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I think that depends on your definition of "slight winds". I have flown my Honey Bee FP in winds well over 10mph, but it wasn't easy (or fun, actually). Breeze of 5-8 mph presents some challenge, but is easily managed.

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Old Apr 18, 2007, 02:40 PM
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I'm assuming a CP is better than an FP?
-In my opinion, generally speaking a cp handles wind better than an fp. Whatever you get, good luck to you...
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Old Apr 18, 2007, 02:49 PM
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The HoneyBee FP can be flown reasonably well in 5-8mph winds as long as you have a good bit of room. It will tend to balloon up or get pushed around during a gust but given space it is not a problem and actually helps if you are doing orientation training. My backyard is rather small and I have been flying it with 5mph+ wind. The best part of the FP is that on those occasions where the "house jumps out" and hits the helicopter, 95% of the time there is NO damage.

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Old Apr 18, 2007, 02:49 PM
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As Chris said it can handle up to 10mph winds.. but if its gusting out, its not gonna be fun. I fly the FP on 3 cells, which it is supposed to fly on 7.4-8.4v.. the added weight of an 11.1v cell + the added power make it more capable in the 8-10mph wind range.

Past 10mph you are gonna have to get real high.. and dive back to you. I nearly lost my FP. The wind at ground level was low 5mph.. but at 40-50ft it musta been going pretty good. My heli was about 150yards away.. and I barely got it back, it was a fight that is for sure.
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Old Apr 18, 2007, 02:49 PM
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I fly my FP in 5-10 mph winds often. I have a canal behind my house that is a perfect airfield if it wasn't for all the water. The problem is it also acts like a wind tunnel between the housing developments since it's a straight shot to the swamp. The water is very scary and I suspect I'll regret flying there eventually.

You gotta keep on the controls but the FP is a great performer especially coming from the CX (as I did). I find removing the tail fin helps and landing before you start losing too muc hpower. My biggest problem with 5-10mph winds is the 15+ mph gusts. Those can change your situation in the blink of an eye. My solution: Don't Blink.
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Old Apr 18, 2007, 03:38 PM
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I flew mine in a 8mph wind once, I'd waited all day long until I could go to the park it was dead calm till I got there and then an 8 mph wind picks up but I still wen and I smashed my honey bee into the side of my truck heh heh
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Old Apr 19, 2007, 08:30 AM
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I fly my FP with 9.6v NiMh pack and the added weight + head speed helps in the wind. I don't like flying in winds over 10mph.
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Old Apr 19, 2007, 09:03 AM
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The nihm is heavy for it's output.. but you would get more head speed from an 11.1v 850mah 12c or better lipo.
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Old Apr 19, 2007, 10:56 AM
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That's true, but at hover you won't need as much head speed with a lipo, because it's lighter. Mine hovers / flies more stablely in the wind than my friend's does (he has a lipo on his HB FP). His flies for longer (15min+ at a time), however... <shrug> I can fly more often and in more conditions, though, because I can charge my NiMh in 10 minutes... with 3 batteries I can fly for hours just stopping to change batteries every 8-10 minutes. Did that last Saturday, from 8am - 11am, the motors / batteries never got past warm... I love my FP!!

EDIT: Heat sinks help a ton too!!
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