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Nov 04, 2004, 05:09 PM
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Flying the the winter (snow)

I would like to hear from others on how flying in the winter with snow is. Whats the downfalls? I would assume that crashing into snow would be very forgiving.
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Nov 04, 2004, 05:24 PM
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Great thread about skis right here:
Nov 04, 2004, 05:34 PM
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I was curious if the cold or moisture would damage any of the electronics. I just finished my brushless A-10 and the weather has been horrible the past month. A few days ago everything cleared up but there was snow on the ground and I just had to chance it. This A-10 is really fast for a noob like me and when the engines cut it drops like a rock so I buried it in snow and packed the nacelles with powder as well. Brushed it off put in another battery and I was off. Hope my impatience hasnt damaged anything.
Nov 04, 2004, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Mattydiah
Great thread about skis right here:
If you have access to water in the summer, I would reccomend floats rather than skis. They work great off the snow while skis don't work worth a &&^%on water.
Nov 04, 2004, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Jonger1150
I would assume that crashing into snow would be very forgiving.
Well, it is if it's fresh. I was learning to fly my Aerobird in February, and we had a couple of feet of fluffy snow piled up. She went into a death spiral from about 100 feet, and I didn't have my "throttle off" reflex yet. Punched a nice Aerobird shaped hole into the snow, and when I got there, just the tailfeathers were visible above the snow. I grabbed the tail and pulled her straight out, with no damage at all!

On the other hand, if it's had a couple of warm days and then a good cold snap, it's almost like pavement. That crust on top was not very forgiving to my Aerobird's tail (snap!)! On the other hand, it's much more slippery than pavement or grass, so if you drag a wingtip on takeoff, you can recover easier - you tend to slide a lot further on landings, though.
Nov 04, 2004, 06:55 PM
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Flying in snow is definelty a ton of fun, especially landing when it just keeps sliding.

This year i'm gonna make skis for my heli and see how it handles the snow.

BTW squid i love the little picture


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