Features

January 2012 Issue

Big Blows

Flying safely in high wind conditions is a matter of adopting the proper technique for your aircraft’s weight and configuration.

One complication with which we pilots must always contend is wind. It can complicate a takeoff or landing, force heading changes while en route, mandate a fuel stop when stronger than forecast and make an otherwise smooth ride uncomfortable when blowing over uneven terrain. Learning to deal with the wind is one of the major lessons of primary training, yet the accident record demonstrates many of us still haven’t mastered the challenge.

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