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Jul 13, 2004, 11:25 PM
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How windy is too windy?

How windy is too windy?
I tried to fly my RV-4 in 10 mph winds and it was all over the place.
AUW is 16 oz.
The wind was blowing it all over the place?
Does it need to be really really calm to fly?
I am used to fuellies I guess?
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Jul 13, 2004, 11:28 PM
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i dont know what that plane is but wing area is usually a large factor. i usually fly in 5-10 mph winds and it is harder to control but i just try not to bank too hard or it will get blown around more
Jul 14, 2004, 12:11 AM
Once I got fairly good, I kept flying in more and more wind...up to 25 miles per give me better skills. This was with a Telemaster and a slimer, 20+ years ago.

With something lighter - and depending on wing area/loading - wind can completely overpower either or both the power (can't get it back to the field) or the control-ability.

Except for dead calm, the more wind the harder it is for me to tell if the model is even trimmed correctly. Only with large (5+ pound) aerobatic models will I do a test flight in anything but calm weather.

It is not the fuel, it is other factors.

Just my opinion. Sometimes I'm right. (Stole that line ;p

Jul 14, 2004, 02:32 AM
Patrick Mahoney
It depends on the plane for me. I occassionally flew my Hangover in winds up to 20mph (as measured by the Wunderground.Com weather station that was less than 1/4 mile away). I've flown my Slow Stick up to about 15mph. The biggest problem with a light model for me is running over to it after it lands to keep the wind from picking it up and cartwheeling it across the field. Removing the landing gear helped with this a bit, but this was always the biggest danger.

My Speedwing 400 was up in winds into the low 20's and barely seemed to notice them. For flying in wind, I prefer a wing with a fast motor.
Jul 14, 2004, 02:42 AM
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I have flown in wind before without problems but last time I tried (at a different flying site) the plane was tossed around a lot, it left me wondering about turbulence as the air moves over the trees and into the clear space where I was flying.
Jul 14, 2004, 02:50 AM
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I beleive there is a difference between "windy" and "gusty". Gusty plain out sucks no matter how light the prevailing winds are. Gusts down low like on landing can ruin an otherwise nice flight with very hard landings. I find sunny hot calm days the worst for unexpected gusts. Windy is fine so long as its fairly constant. However, when the wind speed exceeds my forward speed and the plane is going backwards at full throttle, that is generally too windy for me!

As a rule if the plane won't sit on the ground by itself without getting blown away (moving), stay at home and avoid a wreck.
Jul 14, 2004, 04:27 AM
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You need to compare amount of wind to weight of experience that models around 12-16 oz weight start losing good & safe flying qualities around 10-12 mph. You can fly at higher winds but you become a Kite or rocket (down wind)...instead of an airplane. Depends on how you want to fly...Kite like or Airplane like. Thats why I fly early AM or late PM when winds are light (5mph). In light winds for a light park flyer you get airplane response and good flying qualities. Mike
Jul 18, 2004, 02:53 AM
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thank you guys for all the advice. I will try to fly in calm winds for a while until I get used to it. I fly all the time in 15- 20 mph winds with my glo trainer. it handles very well. But it also weighs about 4 and 1/2 pounds.
Jul 18, 2004, 03:08 AM
Fly it like you stole it..
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Hmm.. how much wind is too much wind? That's a good question.
Jul 18, 2004, 05:20 AM
GRAVITY... Just Say NO!
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When you put your plane on the ground for take off, and the wind blows it over, it's to windy
Jul 18, 2004, 08:33 AM
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It's all a balance of weight, power and airframe.

My IFO will fly in windy conditions but, when you pull up, it turns into a kite. My little 24" wing will cut through 30mph winds faily easily.
It's been so windy every weekend up here, you just need to get used to it or not fly at all. Last year was the heat index, this year has been the wind.

Jul 18, 2004, 10:46 AM
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Hey, it's never that windy in my opinion. Read the quote under my username!!! I live in Cleveland. If I waited for a windless or near-windless day, I would NEVER fly.

Jul 18, 2004, 11:18 AM
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Depends a lot on the type of plane. More important to take off into the wind.
I can fly my foam wing in ANY wind, and it thinks it's calm.
With other planes if you can keep it upwind so it won't blow away then it's okay.
The trickiest part of flying in the wind is landing. Have to come in faster and try to land into the wind.
Jul 18, 2004, 11:57 AM
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Just be glad you don't live in Wyoming.

pic originally posted by Acer
Jul 18, 2004, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Basketcase
Just be glad you don't live in Wyoming.
pic originally posted by Acer
Oh man - almost fell of my chair ! Hysterical !


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