Wind and Gusts

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Wx Watch: Mega-storms, on the prowl

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

Convection that lurks night after night

Texas engineer and son take aim at human flight prizes

Article | Jun 14, 2012

Decades after Larry McNay, then 16, helped build and launch the Gossamer Albatross on its historic 1979 hop over the English Channel, he is preparing his son, 13, to power and pilot a new design. Cash prizes and Olympic dreams are on the line.

The Wright stuff: How to tame a horse

Article | Jun 14, 2012

The spruce-and-fabric structure pitched and bobbed in the coastal wind like a giant kite. Supported only at her ankles, hips, and elbows, AOPA Editor-Web Sarah Brown looked out over the dunes and mentally prepared to launch head-first off a hillside.

Wind turbines cause safety, access concerns for airports

Advocacy | May 10, 2012

The adverse effects of 52 wind turbines on the Kessel VOR-DME in West Virginia do not justify decommissioning the navaid and weakening the area's aviation infrastructure, AOPA said.

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?