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High winds, to fly or not to fly? That is the question.

Posted 03-15-2013 at 11:51 AM by dpelletier (DPelletier's path to RC Helicopter discoveries)

High winds, to fly or not to fly? That is the question.
In the beginning, a short 2 years ago and following the lead of others in various forums, my going to the field to attempt to fly my helicopter(s) depended on wind conditions.
Seems I had set or allowed others to set a limit of 10mph for flying safely.


Today, Other than hurrican force stuff, I don't really care so much.
I know its more to do with having gone Flybarless than my skills, fun anyway....
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Heli-Log 3:9:2013

Posted 03-09-2013 at 09:15 AM by rcnut

Thursday the forecast was 32 degrees and calm winds! Friday’s forecast 37 degrees and calm. Dang, looks like I will be flying both days!

Thursday I headed out to our flying field and I was the only one there…perfect! Filled the tank and started the motor by the pull start. Up in a hover, I checked the tracking, trims, head speed, tail response, and the cyclic. Everything seem to be ok, so nosed my heli forward and away it went! Put in 3 more flights before the sun went down too far....
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Heli-Log 3:3:13b

Posted 03-03-2013 at 07:51 PM by rcnut

Today was a great day to go flying...considering it was 31 degrees with snow on the ground! The sun was out in full force...meaning not much cloud action. As long as Bob and I were standing in the sun light, and not the shade, it was rather nice...bearable.

First flight I decided to try out my Compass 3D+. It took a couple of minutes to get the motor to run in the cold, it is extremely cold blooded. However, I managed to get warmed up enough to obtain rpm on the rotor head. My 3D+...
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Heli-Log 3:3:13

Posted 03-03-2013 at 06:41 AM by rcnut

How interesting 3/3/13...all "3's" (except for the "1")...

Well today is the day, I will attempt to maiden my Whiplash...after church. the forecast for today is; Mostly sunny. High 31F. Winds light and variable. I've gone through everything on the heli, checked the MultiGov Pro setting, verified the endpoint settings. Checked all nuts & bolts, and screws, charged all needed batteries, mixed up a fresh batch of fuel with Lawn-Boy Ashless oil.

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Heli-Log 2:27:2013

Posted 02-27-2013 at 09:49 AM by rcnut

February is almost in the history books! Still have one more major snow storm coming.

First test flight on my new DJI 450 quadcopter was very interesting. I just worked on hovering it to get a feel for it. I did a 6 minute flight, checked the LiPo and had 67% remaining…hmm. I charged the LiPo and set the timer, in the radio, to 10 minutes.

There are 3 different flight modes to choose from. GPS, Altitude, and Manual. Manual mode is a lot of fun, you have full access...
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