Wind and Gusts

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Fly like a fighter: Weird wind

Fly like a fighter | May 07, 2012

An aircraft cleared for takeoff took a little longer on the takeoff roll, but after becoming airborne, it climbed to 30 feet agl and leveled off slightly. Then it stayed at 30 feet agl, passing the departure end of the runway and continuing at that low altitude for at least another half mile.

Fly like a Fighter: Crosswind controls

Fly like a fighter | Apr 10, 2012

The Air Force Academy had guidance for the Diamond DA40 of maximum wind for takeoff (26 knots), maximum wind for landing (35 knots), and maximum wind for taxi operations (35 knots). Former Air Force instructor Larry Brown suggests all pilots should all have their own limits for the airplanes they fly.

Wx Watch: The whys of wind

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

The airport is quiet. No taxiing, no runups, no one in the pattern, no one on the radio. And the weather is good VFR. What's going on? Chances are, a look at the windsock will give the answer.

License to learn

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

I remember sitting on a runway with a flight review student, years ago, waiting for a takeoff clearance. The crosswind was exceptionally gusty

Technique: Wind warrior

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

You just made the best landing of your flying life. So how come no one's applauding?

FAA issues notice of policy on new airborne wind energy systems

Advocacy | Jan 26, 2012

The FAA is asking for public participation as it integrates an emerging technology known as airborne wind energy systems into the National Airspace System.

Stratos jet undergoes wind tunnel tests

Article | Aug 24, 2011

A one-fifth-scale model of Stratos Aircraft’s Stratos 714 very light jet has just completed five days of testing in the University of Washington's Kirsten Wind Tunnel, the company reports.

Answers for Pilots: Hurricanes

Article | Aug 01, 2011

It's August and we're right in the middle of the Atlantic hurricane season, which officially began in June. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook predicts a 65 percent chance of an above normal season. Of course, while the weather experts can forecast probable activity, they can't predict the location of landfall until the storm track has been established, and even then, storms have been known to deviate from their projected path. So, for those aircraft owners who live on or near the Atlantic coast, the Gulf of Mexico, or the Caribbean Sea, having a hurricane plan for your aircraft is essential.

Member Guide

Article | Aug 01, 2011

2011 sweepstakes—your last chance Be sure your AOPA membership is current as of July 31, 2011, in order to be eligible to win this year’s sweepstakes airplane, a completely refurbished Cessna 182—the Crossover Classic. Increase your chances to win by enrolling in AOPA’s safe, secure, and convenient automatic annual renewal (AAR) program and you’ll receive five additional sweepstakes entries.