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Old 07-20-2021, 06:55 AM   #1
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OK Guys;

As of late there has been a bit of wind blowing around here (Southern Ontario).

Admittedly; from time to time this can make for some challenging flying – but that is what makes the hobby interesting.

I routinely fly in 17 – 25 KPH winds and 30 -35 KPH are acceptable too – BUT at the over 30 KPH point I only use my larger aircraft. (20 – 50cc).

I was trained by a fellow that lived by the logic that;
“The plane doesn’t know that it’s windy!”
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“If you only fly on calm days you wouldn’t have many days to fly!” (he used to live in Nova Scotia)

Hence MY Attitude.

I have flown on days that have grounded MOST of the local pilots and have several interesting stories about strong wind flying.

SO; What is the strongest wind that you have flown in?
How did it turn out??
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Old 07-20-2021, 07:22 AM   #2
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Re: Wind

Don't know how windy it was but I was slope soaring and the wind took my hat off when ever I looked up at the glider. LOL Even had to chase it down the other side once.
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Old 07-20-2021, 07:24 AM   #3
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Re: Wind

I have become such a “wind wimp”. I use the Weather Network forecast and will not go out if the wind gust number is more than 20 km/hr. I might be braver if not for my constant fear of deadstick crashes.

Seems like it has been too windy to go flying often this summer.

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Old 07-20-2021, 07:36 AM   #4
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Re: Wind

In my 40 years of flying I still remember what my father told/taught me when I was just starting/learning how to fly,...."the wind is your friend, use it to your advantage"...adjust , adapt, enjoy the challenge while others are grounded. Up till today, that is what I tell my students when we do have 25 to 30+ kph wind. I also fly them though a bit higher for the surprises.
Like Rob said, that mindset and training to fly in higher winds helps...calmer winds would be a piece of cake....but I do not force the issue on the students. I nudge a bit but I try to find their comfort level. What is important is to give them that confidence to fly in it...the rest will take care of itself.
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Old 07-20-2021, 08:13 AM   #5
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Don't know how windy it was but I was slope soaring and the wind took my hat off when ever I looked up at the glider. LOL Even had to chase it down the other side once.
Ahh Yes; the lost hat is a real pain!

I have had that happen on occasion - usually when I am wearing a Ball Cap.
My solution was to buy a 'Tilley' Hat and then use the 'Chin Strap'.

It may not look 'Cool' but it WORKS to keep the hat in place and the sun out of my eyes.
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Old 07-20-2021, 08:29 AM   #6
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In my 40 years of flying I still remember what my father told/taught me when I was just starting/learning how to fly,...."the wind is your friend, use it to your advantage"...adjust , adapt, enjoy the challenge while others are grounded. Up till today, that is what I tell my students when we do have 25 to 30+ kph wind. I also fly them though a bit higher for the surprises.
Like Rob said, that mindset and training to fly in higher winds helps...calmer winds would be a piece of cake....but I do not force the issue on the students. I nudge a bit but I try to find their comfort level. What is important is to give them that confidence to fly in it...the rest will take care of itself.
Yes;

The wind can be your friend, I currently have two planes that I PREFER to fly in the wind.

They are heavier than most and cut the wind nicely, with a solid wind coming down the runway they slow down nicely and I can land them with ease. IF there is NO WIND they come in FAST and I need ALL of the runway.

On occasion they have been known to run OFF of the runway (most embarrassing) and this is forcing me to learn how to use flaps… there is always something else to learn!

Flying high is a great way to practice in the wind – as my instructors used to say – “Fly TWO Mistakes High!” A great tool for training and wind.
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Crosswinds & turbulence are the real problems, but really only in close proximity to the ground.

I’ve been a bit of a wind wimp, but some encouragement/goading from one of my flying buds is changing that. The trick is to choose planes that handle the conditions. To be honest, my overall flying has improved, and that makes me happy!
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Ahh Yes; the lost hat is a real pain!

I have had that happen on occasion - usually when I am wearing a Ball Cap.
My solution was to buy a 'Tilley' Hat and then use the 'Chin Strap'.

It may not look 'Cool' but it WORKS to keep the hat in place and the sun out of my eyes.
LOL it was my Tilley (I have two) had it pulled down tight but forgot to use the chin lace.
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Old 07-20-2021, 11:07 AM   #9
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Re: Wind

Fun in the wind
Not many calm days in Sask
True the plane does not know the wind speed vs ground speed
If you can bolt on the wing by yourself then it is no too windy
Point the plane into the wind and let it go easy on the elevator
Keep the speed up on all down wind runs
Landings at half throttle until touch down
Down elevator to hold it on the runway when it has stopped

Lots of fun to be had in the wind
Raise the nose a bit throttle up and try some stationary flight
Raise the nose a bit more and fly backwards with the wind
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LOL it was my Tilley (I have two) had it pulled down tight but forgot to use the chin lace.
A piece of velcro glued to your forehead would definately help.

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