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Flying in Wind

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Tony H26/06/2020 09:42:59
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Hi All,

How much wind will you fly a sports plane in? What would you say is a flyable wind range for an intermediate flier?

Paul Marsh26/06/2020 09:43:44
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When you take off at full power and the plane then goes behind you.

Bob Cotsford26/06/2020 09:47:17
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I'd say it depends on how much turbulence your site is subject to. Otherwise as Paul says, as long as the model don't go backwards!

Cuban826/06/2020 09:54:41
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No simple answer to that I'm afraid. Depends on so many factors, obviously model type, pilot skill and experience, local weather conditions/flying site characteristics etc - how averse are you breaking models? Just build up experience and fly in increasingly difficult conditions, you'll known when too much wind is too much for you. Don't just copy your mates and never fly if you don't feel happy about doing so, or just to prove a point.

Edited By Cuban8 on 26/06/2020 09:57:16

Adrian Smith 126/06/2020 10:05:11
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Well to be constructive on this which is why you are asking the question. For there are two aspects. What wind is flyable in and more important what strength of wind is at the limit of your enjoyability.

For instance my +60cc aerobatic models are perfectly able to fly in 15 mph winds, but I can't say I ENJOY it.

10-11 mph is the limit of my enjoyability, but then it's horses for courses. I tend to follow the guidelines of the heavier/bigger the plane for stronger winds and vice versa for calm days. I know others will offer different advice, but this is just one of my quirks!

Of course gliders are something different  - some will fly in gales!!

 

Edited By Adrian Smith 1 on 26/06/2020 10:07:29

Bob Cotsford26/06/2020 10:19:57
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Posted by Adrian Smith 1 on 26/06/2020 10:05:11:

Well to be constructive on this which is why you are asking the question. For there are two aspects. What wind is flyable in and more important what strength of wind is at the limit of your enjoyability.

For instance my +60cc aerobatic models are perfectly able to fly in 15 mph winds, but I can't say I ENJOY it.

10-11 mph is the limit of my enjoyability, but then it's horses for courses. I tend to follow the guidelines of the heavier/bigger the plane for stronger winds and vice versa for calm days. I know others will offer different advice, but this is just one of my quirks!

Of course gliders are something different - some will fly in gales!!

Edited By Adrian Smith 1 on 26/06/2020 10:07:29

Good points re size Adrian.

As for gliders, many years ago when I flew soarers off a bungee it was quite common to see models kite backwards from the release point as the wind stretched the bungee even further!

Paul Marsh26/06/2020 10:26:40
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Peter Miller26/06/2020 10:29:07
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jez flt_8.jpgSome of my small racers could cope with winds up to an over 20mph but it wasn't fun.

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My electric powered aerobatic models are happy in winds around 10mph gusting 12

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I have flown one of my Marauders,the 25 size version was even flown in 30mph but only once and very briefly. The picture is my larger .52 FS version.

These days I apply the 10-10 rule.About 10 mph.not below 10 degrees

Jason-I26/06/2020 11:02:56
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50mph is the maximum wind speed I have flown in. The flying was fine, but standing up was an issue.

Steady wind is no problem at all (once the plane leaves the ground the plane will have no idea it is in wind). Some of the most fun flying can be had during strong wind.

Gusty/turbulent weather is a different matter, and I don't enjoy that much.

 

Edited By Jason-I on 26/06/2020 11:11:37

John Lee26/06/2020 11:03:14
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15 knots is my ballpark. Like Adrian I can fly at higher wind speeds but I find my eyes water & it becomes less enjoyable. That said if there is a period of bad weather where I can't fly for a couple of weeks then 25 knots is fair game.

Tony H26/06/2020 11:08:39
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Thanks for all you replies. I was thinking for a sports plane 30-50 size wind speeds of 5-15mph should be flyable?

Tony H26/06/2020 11:16:59
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Posted by Peter Miller on 26/06/2020 10:29:07:

jez flt_8.jpgSome of my small racers could cope with winds up to an over 20mph but it wasn't fun.

moon dancer 2 1.jpg

My electric powered aerobatic models are happy in winds around 10mph gusting 12

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I have flown one of my Marauders,the 25 size version was even flown in 30mph but only once and very briefly. The picture is my larger .52 FS version.

These days I apply the 10-10 rule.About 10 mph.not below 10 degrees

Thanks Peter useful to know, since some of my planes are similar to yours.

Peter Christy26/06/2020 11:20:17
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When I see the seagulls walking, I give up and go home! wink

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J Moyler26/06/2020 11:28:18
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Generally 20 mph is the maximum for me, but that does depend on the model. I have a 1.75m Hotliner that copes with 20mph with no problems and is enjoyable to fly, this is with no turbulence. Saying that we have woods nearby that can cause a lot of turbulence and when the wind is from that direction you cannot fly at all.

JM

Geoff Copping26/06/2020 12:24:57
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Also, it also depends how much you enjoy repairing.

More than once I've flown successfully in challenging wind and then landed but, before I could get my hands on the model, the wind picked it up, turned it over and damaged it.

Another time I'd had a good old time sloping with a Bird of Time glider at Borough Hill. This hill has a lip all around the edge.

I got too close to the edge on landing and, before I could react, the roll-over turned it over and slammed it into the ground causing severe damage.

So there's lots to think about.

AndyD26/06/2020 12:25:09
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acrowot xl is fun even up to 20-25 mph,just hovering surfing the wind even backward and with vertical landings ,even depron foamy jets are good for 15-20 mph doing the same and they can really fly backwards.

Jens Eirik Skogstad 226/06/2020 12:38:53
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Here I live in Bergen in west Norway, there are often windy days. Then i add more weight in the fuselage (no change CG) to make the plane less sensitive for wind. Be sure the main wing are strong enough for a loaded fuselage. Under landing, no problem with a loaded plane against wind.

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Engine Doctor26/06/2020 13:02:18
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Its only too windy if your not comfortable or competent to fly in it . Everyone is different . Simply ask yourself before a flight " Am I happy with everything ?" if your not then dont fly . Simple as that .

Engine Doctor26/06/2020 13:03:18
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Posted by Paul Marsh on 26/06/2020 10:26:40:

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Excellent !

Robin Colbourne26/06/2020 13:06:30
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There are only two sorts of weather; building and flying. :-D

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