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    winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    winds above 15mph which type of plane is the best and what size 30 or a 40 or 60 or 90 glow size
    low wing ie cap mid wing edge540 high wing like a cub or is it a biplane
    someone most have something to say on it

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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane



    I've lost 2 planes this fall due to windsso I've quit flying anything under 60 scale in winds above 15. I lost a P51 40 scale in a gust to 25 and a 40 size Goldbery silo. in wind gust to 20. Now I just pull out a 120 Ultra stick on windy days but I am waiting on gyros I ordered from Hobby King for my EP Supersporster & Katana (low wings). Jury is out or whether or not to put gyros in the planes I took delivery on today, 97" Gee Bee and 104" Yak. I guess the choice of plane due to high winds deplends on the pilot, No wind = high wing. Wind up to 20 mph = low wing, wind above 20 mph = 90 scale or giant aircraft. But with a gyro, a foam plane can fly in up to 20 MPH. It depends alot on your experience and abilities, you didn't state what they were.


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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    The best I have ever flown/had is an Ultra Sport 60. These only come in kit form, but will handle the wind no problem. High wings with light wing loading like a trainer or Cub is the last thing you want on a windy day.

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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    Super Sportsters in all sizes handle the wind well. I have owned the 40, 90/120, and Giant Super Sportster and they all handle the wind pretty good. Kaos, Ultra Sports and other pattern type planes usually do good at cutting thru the wind where as heavy planes just kinda bully there way thru. As Daveopam said....lightweight high wingers are the worst. I do have a 40 size scratch built profile I like to throw in the air when it is windy and not because it does very well, but because the battle is half the fun!LOL

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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    Its always good to have a cheap plane or just one you dont care much about to fly on those days I have a world models t-34 thats cheap and handles wind and is a trike gear for easy groundhandling,, used to have a wm skyraider it was a blast to fly in the wind.........

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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    1) Low drag
    2) High wing loading
    3) Decent power to weight ratio.
    4) Low wing / trike (personal preference here).
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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    One like this!!

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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    well some great comments many thanks for that

    what about deltas any good i got Extreme Flight outlaw
    and a biplane D. and B. Sport SESQUI PLANE on a 40 that does well upto 30mph

    but when i can fly again going with you guys and get my 60 size extra and cap out and try them


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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    Symetrical airfoil with moderate to high wingloading, also plenty of power. Old also helps. (Old planes crash less often)

    My favorite for windy days is an old duraplane acrobat. This plane is rugged as they come and flys equally bad in all winds, but the best part is with what is essencially a SPAD aircraftN you can relax and have fun knowing that you're not going to rekit your best plane.
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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    I used to fly a sig Kougar here.
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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    I fly a hangar 9 40 size twist with an os 61 fx. It is a blast to fly in a 15 to 25 mph wind. anything over that and she gets blown around on the ground.
    The thing about flying in the wind is you need a good motor with super throttle response.
    In a 18 mph wind I can wind soar my twist and from a 100 ft up I can bring it down and land it at zero ground speed.
    Here's a picture of her flying in a 18 mph head wind.
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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    The best thing to fly in high winds is a big, heavy slope racer!

    (Sorry, I couldn't help myself )

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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    I tell you, the plane that I had the most fun flying in high winds was my trusty old LT-40!
    It flew very well in winds around 20 kts (about 25 mph) and I do belive that I may have hit 25 kts
    or so as one time it was getting to the limit of being fun.
    What I found was that if the wind was steady, there was little problem. The issue came when the wind
    was gusting. A gusty day is when you have the most difficulty on takeoff and landing, you really have to be on
    top of the rudder and other controlls and that can be very tiring.
    But all in all, I was super impressed with how that plane handled the wind.

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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    I was flying a FourStar 40 Sig yesterday in 20 mph wind and it had no trouble. I could even slow it down enough to fly backwards in a gust.
    The only good planes are in the air having fun

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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    Get yourself a Pattern Plane for the wind. 60 size or larger works best. The UltraSport & Sportsters work great, too. Many high wing planes like a Decathlon, Cessna 172/182, etc. work well.

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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane


    ORIGINAL: crispinchurch

    well some great comments many thanks for that

    what about deltas any good i got Extreme Flight outlaw
    and a biplane D. and B. Sport SESQUI PLANE on a 40 that does well upto 30mph

    but when i can fly again going with you guys and get my 60 size extra and cap out and try them

    Personally, I leave my bipes home with winds above 20mph...but they are all lightly loaded WWI types. My favorite 'wind plane' is the delta wing BUSA Northstar with an AX .55 two stroke for power.

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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    None. All my WWI and custom planes hate any wind gusts over 7 mph. I don't fly any of my WWI birds in any cross wind, especially my Fokker Dr1!



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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    The BEST plane I have for wind is a spad Demon. It probably has the heaviest wing loading of all my planes and the fusalage has such a small profile it is not affected much by wind. Second to the spad would be my Venus, then a close third would be my Sig Somethin Extra, whichhas a pretty light wing loading, but is so responsive and well trimmedthat I can usually manage to get it back down in one piece. I have flown all of these planes in 20mph+ winds.
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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    Are we talking about planes that handle "gusts" better than others, or planes that fly in steady state winds better than others? Different concepts. Steady state wind penetration = faster airspeed. Nothing cosmic about it.

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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    I was flying my Sig Smith Miniplane once when a front came in. I'm not sure how windy it was, but I would guess 30 to 35 mph that is typical for West Texas weather and fronts. The dust was not blowing in, so I kept flying. It flew pretty well. You did have to land at about 1/2 power. My friend saw how well the Bipe flew and so he put up his Monoplane it got blown all over the place. We figured well the winds must be picking up. Then I decided to put the Smith back in the air and it flew just as it had the first flight. I was shocked! I would have bet the farm on exactly the opposite. I have since flown in terrible winds and will stop when the dirt blows to protect the engine.

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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    Budget, flying capabilities and courage determines what you can fly in strong wind. Look at a heavier plane (or add weight at the CG) but it needs to be well balanced and set up. We have plenty of strong wind and that made something with a epoxy resin fuse and foam core wings a favourite - or build with balsa and cover with Oratex/Solartex and use automotive spray paint. This makes very strong, very durable and in a sense, somewhat more crash proof planes - better chance of getting away with a bad landing if the Earth jumps up at you.

    You may actually find it is easier to land the above type plane in strong winds - my choice in a really strong wind?.. a Sig WONDER with a 30 engine in it. Handlaunch, goes likea bat escaping from hell and wind does not effect it. I build a complete one from composite fibre.

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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    I think no matter what plane you have, you have to set a limit. Mine is 15 miles and 10 miles for cross-winds, providing the guts are not too high. The guts are the main problem. So, I would rather not fly than loose a plane. I am glad to hear that pattern planes are the best. I have a Sea Bea, so nect time I will take it when it’s windy.

    For those who live in windy places, then I understand. Here in Florida, early morning is most of the time calm. So, it’s my time.



     

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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    Redback, what is that purple/yellow/white airplane? It looks like a pattern plane of some kind but I can't place it. It is beautiful.
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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    The main thing in flying in the wind is a dependable engine with great throttle response.

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    RE: winds 15 mph to 40 mph which type of plane

    Flew my GP BigStick .40 in winds up to 20 mph with no problems. Crosswind crab landings were also fun to do.
    I wish I still had it now.[]
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