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Old Jan 18, 2009, 10:07 AM
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Winter Flying

I flew yesterday despite minus 0 degree weather!!!!! Had a great time but flights were shorter d/t numb fingers and lipo performance. Seems like lipos duration are cut shorter when temps drop below zero. For some of you Southerners out there, yes it does drop below zero and some of us die hard rc'ers even fly. It was 28 below fahrenheit here which isn't so bad since Island Pond which is just a little north of us hit -42!!!!!!!!!! Ouch! Don't you just love northern winters!!!!!! Sorry but couldnt' take any new photos, camera batteries went dead.
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Old Jan 18, 2009, 07:58 PM
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George,

Happy to see another winter flier. Although my real passion is e-sailplanes, I built a mini-Telemaster and have skis on it. Leaps into the air in a few feet and I have enjoyed it. I'm from Michigan's Upper Peninsula so I appreciate your weather as well. We had lots of below zero weather last week with -30 or so windchills. I didn't fly <grin>.

Getting ready to go out today after x-country skiing but the wind came up quickly along with those big, fluufy flakes. Tomorrow is promising.

I've not noticed a huge difference in LiPo performance, but I haven't spent time metering in the cold. When I charge, I normally do right in the back of my Escape so I suppose the battery does stay a little warmer.

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Old Jan 18, 2009, 08:27 PM
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0 F? There doesn't seem to be a temperature there

And yeah, I hear you on the numb thumbs Gets to be a pain when it's 40 outside, and the only things exposed are my face and hands.
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Old Jan 18, 2009, 08:48 PM
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Old Jan 18, 2009, 10:25 PM
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aftica,

I tried the glove thing, but two seasons ago I bought a Radyowarm transmitter bag -- think it was from Horizon Hobby. Keeps my hands and TX warm. I've even put one of those chemical handwarmer packs in it for more comfort on occasion. Much nicer to feel the sticks.

Takes some getting used to especially when tossing one of my e-sailplanes, but that's another story.

Good flying to you!

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Old Jan 19, 2009, 01:06 PM
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Well good for you, and I was whining about the 30 degree temps here in NC.
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Old Jan 19, 2009, 09:39 PM
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I was at the park today, watched one of the senior members of the club with a Katana 3D glow plane, taking off and landing from fresh powder, on skis. It was a trip. Beautiful day for flying, a balmy 25 degrees or so, very light wind.
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