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Winter Flying
It's possible to fly if the weather is below 32F-0C
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lew803
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December 24, 2012 - 9:24 am

Weather in OhioUSA is going to winter.Cold and heavy air.Watch your battery and flying time.Your fingers may give you a hint.I flew today at 22F.No problems but I was wary of the snow on landings off the pad I used to launch.Mornings and late evenings seem to be the best times since the wind is down.Cold air is funny and different but you can fly.For me that is what it's all about.

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December 24, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Yeah, you guys might have gotten us here in South West PA today, but I can assure you, this isn't the best time for outdoor helis. Great time of year for the little guys--big outdoor helis in summer, s107's and friends in winter. This area sure gets wacky winters--one year it'll be like it's Portland Oregon where it's just terential rain, the next will be dry as can be with a HUGE storm around Valentine's Day.

Look at it this way, though, as long as your electronics are protected, you have something soft to crash on this time of year. wink

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December 30, 2012 - 8:31 am

A suggestion if you're going to fly in the snow.I find that a plastic cap for the bottom of the conrol panel on my X1 quad is a great deterrent to moisture causing problems.I cut a plastic circle and attached it to the frame and everything on the panel is now protected.Fliers might want to carry a brush with them.You'll see why if you hit the snow.Still enjoy getting outside but the 107 and 800 are kept busy when the wind is up. 

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January 3, 2013 - 1:35 am

Update on "Winter Flying"1-2-2013

 

Flew this morning with a temp of 11°F and dead calm air.Couldn't resist.Flew for four minutes and saw a slight decline in control so I caught it and returned to a warm house.Some fun with the Syma X1.

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January 12, 2013 - 10:25 am

The Syma X1 never ceases to amaze me.I flew helis before and that was no wind.The X1 will fly in moderate wind if you click High .I flew today in a 4to5 mph puffy wind without incident.With no weight ,to speak of, that quad moves.The only thing that I noticed right away was that my fingers don't know slow from fast.My eyes say move and the fingers want to wait and see what's going to happen.Must be age related.

 

Temps here have been in the 20°F range a lot and I've been able to keep on flying.Plastic shrinks you will notice and fly time is reduced but at least you can get out there and terrorize the birds and a skunk who wandered through one evening.Good Flyinghappydance 

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Lew803  I enjoy your comedy on your posts "but at least you can get out there and terrorize the birds and a skunk who wandered through one evening.Good Flying" SF

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March 18, 2013 - 12:37 am

Update on Winter Flying:Winter is hard to find calm air so I've been experimenting with different wind speeds.To date the most wind I've flown in has been 10mph.High speed on the X1 will let you fly but be careful.You can rise faster than a speeding bullet.You can get a slide going that looks like a rocket and you have about as much control.

 

I find it amazing that a quad so light weight can handle 10mph wind.The only modification I'm using is a larger battery than the original.Today I planeused a nano-tech0.95  950 mAh that weighs 24  grams.The original battery supplied with the X1 weighs 11 grams  350 mAh.The added weight helps.I think.

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March 18, 2013 - 1:47 am

I have seen discussion about using  "CorrosionX" on the ESC's, etc. of RC seaplanes.

 

There's always seems to be a breeze around my location, but every now and then at dusk/early mornings that it appears calm enough to fly my S107G's outside. It can get real cold aound here, but with those 5 minute flight times (I fly off my deck.) I do not think that it ever gets cold enough long enough to "brittle up" the plastic cowlings of the heli's.  So far they have held up to a couple of snow, ice, and "wet" landings.  (Snow is preferable wink).  Following these landings I idle up the heli's for a moment or two to dry off.  I have also used my wife's hair dryer for suspected moisture.

 

This discussion of the X1 and its capabilities is getting me intereted....  That is not a good thing wink and  cool

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March 18, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Hey JBRumberg,I know how you feel about early morning or late evening flying.The air is like silk and the plane just glides.I flew like that for about a year with a Syma 107 and a Syma 800.Somewhere I ran on to the Syma X1.It looked interesting and I was getting tired of basically flying away and back or doing the same things every time I flew.What the heck.It wasn't expensive so I ordered one and the adventure began.

 

No more just flying around or back and forth.It's hard to describe how a quad copter changed everything.It's like starting to take flying lessons.You think things work like they look when others do it but when you do it somehow it's OMG.That's the best way to describe my experience with a quad.To start is opening a new door and it is exciting.Every time out is like soloing by yourself in flight training.

 

Well,that's the way I feel.I love to fly but radio control is a lot cheaper and you don't need a medical.At my age I'm having a ball flying the X1 and waiting for golfing to start.Then, it's more fun than one person should have.Oh well,I'll just suffer on.Someone has to do it.laie_43

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March 18, 2013 - 11:16 pm

lew803:  I think that you are becoming a very bad influence on me- thank you happydance  I can definitely relate to that flying back and forth/away and back routine.  And when those little zephyrs appear it's like "3D" sailing laie_43[I have been sailing my 18' sailboat for over 30 years (I need to give it up for health/medical issues now frowncry).].  Sometimes one just has to keep on tacking and gybing just to keep these little heli's flying cool

 

According to USPS tracking, my V911 arrives at the post office todayhappydance.  We'll see how it flies outside once I (hopefully) learn to fly i.e. "hover" indoors.  I hope not to have an expensive learning curve.

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jbrumberg said
lew803:  I think that you are becoming a very bad influence on me- thank you happydance  I can definitely relate to that flying back and forth/away and back routine.  And when those little zephyrs appear it's like "3D" sailing laie_43[I have been sailing my 18' sailboat for over 30 years (I need to give it up for health/medical issues now frowncry).].  Sometimes one just has to keep on tacking and gybing just to keep these little heli's flying cool

 

According to USPS tracking, my V911 arrives at the post office todayhappydance.  We'll see how it flies outside once I (hopefully) learn to fly i.e. "hover" indoors.  I hope not to have an expensive learning curve.

You guys are certainly cranking funssig_goodjob2 Quads are a big learning curve-just got the Q-BOT Micro -from Hobbyking,what a fast flyer it is.My main mini quad besides the Syma X1 is the Blade MQX (Review here) Flew in some windy conditions last week,all going well until I got hit with a gust of wind and put me into a tree...I was in luck as there was a team of young guys playing soccer that were willing to climb this old gum tree to retrieve my X1,needless to say I was not able to fly it that day as 8 young guys had the joy of flying it for the first time-got a few followers in helis and quads now!! By the way also have the V911,great quad,doing a review on it soon on my Blade MQX site,you will be well pleased with it.

 

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August 26, 2013 - 7:39 am

I have not checked in for quite awhile, which is inexcusable.  Since my absence I have discovered FP helicopters (v911), CP helicopters (V922), and programmable Tx's (FS TH9X) and now as a learning tool I have "discovered" quadcopters (Certain people gave me bad thoughts.).  I have both a HK Q-BOT Micro (down for repairs, replacement on order) and a SYMA X1 (beat up, missing bumblebee canopy; still flying.  Two are on order- Spaceship, UFO).  I also have a pending delivery of a 808 #16 Version 2, A lens keychain camera.

 

I guess I will be checking in again and with greater frequency.

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jbrumberg hey mate great to see you back and some new flying history-we have a area on quads here-they are not going away- always new machines to check and fly-every flying rc plane,heli,quad has a heart with all rc nutters like me-but the old Syma 107 helped me back into the fold-post often buddy with what you feel quads as in micro to big drones are going to!!!- I also have new keychain camera on order-maybe another topic to set up-also have Gopro and others-there you go some more energy for us all --SF

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August 29, 2013 - 2:49 am

SF-  Thanks for the welcome back.  I did receive the 808 as ordered and a 8GB MicroSDHC Class 4 card.  I spent yesterday downloading manuals and necessary programs to make the 808 operate.  I am still trying to understand all of the information available, but I was able to get the 808 up and operating in a basic video mode.  I am really impressed with the 808's small size, weight, and video clarity.  Not exactly user friendly.  I am still learning.

 

I also am setting up my existing X1 for some attempts at aerial video (two more are on their way).  I read somewhere in rcg posts that total weight of an X1 with payload should not exceed something like 83 - 84 grams.  I am weighing in at 79.5 grams with camera and battery (minus outer canopy), but I need to add ziptie feet to raise the ground clearance for the camera with the existing battery cage, and velcro attachment patches.  I am still learning. -J

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SF-  Thanks for the welcome back.  I did receive the 808 as ordered and a 8GB MicroSDHC Class 4 card.  I spent yesterday downloading manuals and necessary programs to make the 808 operate.  I am still trying to understand all of the information available, but I was able to get the 808 up and operating in a basic video mode.  I am really impressed with the 808's small size, weight, and video clarity.  Not exactly user friendly.  I am still learning.

 

I also am setting up my existing X1 for some attempts at aerial video (two more are on their way).  I read somewhere in rcg posts that total weight of an X1 with payload should not exceed something like 83 - 84 grams.  I am weighing in at 79.5 grams with camera and battery (minus outer canopy), but I need to add ziptie feet to raise the ground clearance for the camera with the existing battery cage, and velcro attachment patches.  I am still learning. -J

Keep us posted on aerial viewing with X1,and post any photos of your set up would be great-SF

 

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September 3, 2013 - 1:49 am

 

I really do not know what I am doing as not only am I still trying to figure out programmable Tx's and how to fly these quadcopters, but also how to operate keychain video cameras and all the software programs associated with recording, editing, and posting the results. 

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What a lovely place to live, I need to get as far out of town as possible, you are a lucky man.

And the Pilot was pretty good as well.

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September 5, 2013 - 5:45 am

Bernie-

 

Thanks for the compliments, and yes my wife and I have been very fortunate.  I do have a lot of open space when I finally rotary cut the lower field. I also have a lot of RC aircraft grabbing and hiding trees along the entire perimeter.  Right now I am experimenting with different videocam SYMA X1 setups to address the jello effect. smileys-confused-731584  I would appreciate any ideas.

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jbrumberg That was a great video,and as Supernova said what a fabulous location you live at-I also enjoyed the comedy at the end of the video as in directed by,you have a good sense of humor laugh

I guess if using a keychain camera it is set on the top of the Syma X1? here can cause a problem because of jello..maybe try making a mount under the quad,problem tho is the on and off buttons on the keychain camera are on the top-am about to buy this one for my planes and big quads.let me know what you think-SF

 

I found a link on Amazon to buy this, a little expensive,so doing some research to see if can buy cheaper.

The link from his video was to buy from Ebay here yes a bit cheaper but working out postage etc,will keep looking as always consider costs,just me I guess.Looks like the different mounts are extra not sure yet.This is Techmoan man's website

 

Keep those video flights going,heaps of fun towatch!! ssig_goodjob2

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September 6, 2013 - 11:55 pm

SF-  Thanks for the suggestion.  I have mounted mounted my keychain videocam under my X1.  This arrangement keeps the COG down.  The battery and the camera are mounted side by side.  I have been having difficulty posting pictures of my different earplug/camera anti-vibration mount set ups here.

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