Features

April 2018 Issue

Seeing The Invisible

Air behaves like a fluid when flowing around mountains, buildings and treelines. To help visualize what the wind is doing, think about water.

Most pilots venture into windy conditions with enough skills and smarts to know how to either avoid or cope with them. But wind-related accidents are still commonplace, so clearly we donít always get it right. One reason for this may be fairly simple: With the exception of blowing snow, tornadoes, dust devils and some cloud formations, wind is usually invisible. To visualize what is going on, you have to visualize wind currents, which is where my experience whitewater rafting has served me well.

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