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Heli-Log 1:1:12

Posted 01-01-2012 at 03:23 PM by rcnut

Happy New Years everyone!

Well here it is January 1st... and the weather is crappy! It had been a tradition at our flying field to fly on Jan. 1st. Well, the temp is ok, but the winds are 32 mph and gusting to 44 mph! Our new VP decided to send out the invitations for our first flight of the year. I believe I'm the only one who showed up.

I thought I would try my Protos 500 to see how it would react to the winds. I had to initialize the Beast X inside the truck bed (closed bed) as the winds wouldn't allow it to setup. Spool-up was ok as long as I held a little forward cyclic. Once the blades spun-up to speed, the rest was a piece of cake. It was a bit difficult to hold it still as the winds want to push it downwind. The Protos hovered at a 15 degree angle towards the wind.

I did several back-flips and one attempted loop with a fair amount of success. Trying to fly a pattern was a whole different issue. I thought my Protos would weathervane in this strong wind, but it didn't. It held its course despite the winds. The Beast X can really hold its own, the tail was rock solid. Then there was the landing... It took a couple of minutes to get it down, of course I had to fight a head wind. However, it wasn't as bad as I would have thought. I would like to try this again, but on a much warmer day.

As the weather will allow me to fly, I will keep forging forward. Learning new maneuvers, pushing my limits to the breaking point...yea that's going to happen! LoL Honestly, I'm working on more advanced maneuvers on the sim before I try them on my heli's.
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