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It finally jumped up and bit me.I thought that night flying was going to be a matter of watching the lights and maintaining orientation.Well,it is.Plus about ten other things that you don't have in daylight.Depth perception changes,wind has more of an effect for me.I tend to over correct.Incidental light in the area causes a problem in that it interferes with my peripheral vision.
The flying genie bit me three nights ago and taught me that you can't take anything for granted.I had been flying for about four minutes and was having trouble maintaining a constant altitude.Now I know this can be a wind problem.I kept compensating over and over and failed to realize I'm getting far from home.Time to come back from somewhere in excess of 150 ft. downwind.OK.No problem ,turn around and fight upwind.I turn but the lights don't move.Altitude,try turn,what the h.....Try it all again.Nada.The brain, who has been coasting ,kicks in and shows me a huge pine that is in a direct line from me.Yup.You guessed it .I can't turn or gain altitude because I'm in the spruce tree.It looked further away.
Sometime later,after careful recon, I determined 80+ ft. is impossible in winter weather or even summer weather.Not to be deterred,I ordered another light set and installed it on one of my other Syma X1 planes and flew last evening in the dark.You can see I have mental problems as well as sight problems.Oh well,the X1 is my plane and I'll be fly it as long as I can replace them or run out of trees to put them in.
The adventure is worth it.All flying is a release.Over and out.
I think it is time to call you "The Machine" Thanks for the honest post.
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