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The flow of air with respect to the ground. This will affect the performance and handling of aircraft and can be a limiting factor.

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How can I estimate wind speed and direction in VFR?

I am new here, I started to do VFR navigation (no G1000) so I try to deal with the wind. I notice that I have some problems to find the wind speed and direction during flight. I am going to try to ...
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Can airliners land with auto pilot in gusty wind conditions?

Why does the pilot make so many movements? I don't see that plane is moving all that much, but his yoke movements are strong and fast. For someone who is not a pilot, it almost looks like panicked ...
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How do I calculate the wind angle relative to the aircraft's heading? [duplicate]

If I want to calculate the wind angle relative to the aicraft's heading, I use TAS and not IAS, right? I want to calculate the relative wind angle to the aircraft. I have this information to work with:...
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What degree is crosswind? [closed]

I know that there are three type of wind, headwind, tailwind and crosswind. What degree of wind direction can distinguish it? 30 or 45 degree?
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1.VRB02KT: Is it varying more or less than 180°? 2.VRB03KT: Is it surely varying more than 180°? [duplicate]

Based on the following ICAO Annex 3 criteria for the use of the abbreviation VRB (not FAA, which is different and evident): when the total variation is 60° or more and less than 180° and the wind ...
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What determines the maximum ground speed of hot air balloons?

I am wondering how the ground speed of hot air balloons is controlled. The wind is obviously going to have a large influence upon the ground speed, but apart from wind effects, do hot air balloons ...
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What is the difference between nautical air miles and nautical ground miles?

What is a simple way to understand the difference between the nautical air mile (NAM) and the nautical ground mile (NGM)? How does the wind affect the net displacement of the aircraft as that is the ...
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Can the “G” and “VRB” wind conditions be combined in METARs?

I have never seen the "VRB" (for wind direction variations < 60°; e.g. VRB12003KT) and "G" annotation (for gusts > 10KT wind speed difference; e.g. 12003GT30KT) being combined in a METAR. Until ...
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What design characteristics influence helicopter wind gust spread tolerance during takeoff and landing

Not considering pilot reaction time, what factors influence a helicopter's ability to survive high wind gust spreads (from any direction) during takeoff and landing? I have considered: Swash plate ...
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Is it possible to determine if winds were high without groundspeed, wind speed, AoA or AoS?

I have a data set that includes TAS, IAS, GPS Lat/Lon, Inertial Lat/Lon, ENU speed, inertial speeds, attitude, and accelerations. I don't need to know the exact wind speed, and I don't think that's ...
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Are bigger and / or heavier aircraft more resistant to crosswind compared to smaller / lighter aircraft?

When watching heavy crosswind video compilations, I noticed heavy aircraft like the A380 an B747 have a more stable approach compared to the B737 or A320 where the plane banks left and right on ...
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Could we make a Hybrid Plane, But not use batteries?

What if we had wind turbines on planes. These would not power a battery but would instead power a smaller engine. Perhaps once a pilot goes to the cruising level he could activate the wind turbines to ...
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How changes in Air masses, Air flow direction and intensity affect lift?

I have a question regarding the airflow an aircraft experiences during 3 distinct scenarios: An aircraft during landing, experiencing a sudden gust of 40 knots from the tail. What would be the ...
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Why do gusts change the airspeed during landing, but turning (which changes where the wind is coming from) does not?

As we know it, aircraft are extremely sensitive to gust during its final landing stage. They can lose airspeed if the wind changes to tail, ad thus loose lift or need to adjust their thrust in order o ...
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Why do eastbound transpacific flights fly at lower latitudes than their westbound counterparts?

I’ve seen some routes for flights from Asia (mainly Hong Kong and Shanghai) to the west coast of North America, which fly at lower latitudes than flights in the other direction (which they fly closer ...
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Does the coriolis force have an effect on the direction in which an aircraft travels?

Suppose an aircraft is flying from Kenya (which lies on the equator) to UK (which lies in the northern hemisphere). Does the Coriolis force veer the aircraft to the right? Do pilots have to correct ...
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How does gust affect a swept wing

I have a basic question that I cannot seem to find a solid answer for: How does a gust affect a swept wing?
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Is any device installed on airplane to measure wind speed relative to the ground, and its direction?

A device or tool which can measure actual wind speed to the ground rather than to the airplane. Also a device which detect the wind direction to the plane. The device I meant is something like this ...
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What should a pilot do when facing a sudden tail, cross, or head wind?

Consider a pilot is flying a conventional fixed wing airplane with a ground speed of 60km/h with no wind. Then suddenly the wind starts blowing at 20km/h in either of the following directions: from ...
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Does lift coefficient for maximum range change for a glider experiencing headwind?

When a glider or unpropelled aircraft experiences headwind, I understand that the flight velocity and sink velocity for the "new" maximum possible range both increase (see velocity polar from How does ...
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What is the best option when the headwind exceeds the maximum airspeed?

In a previous question, Mongo described flying his Cessna with a negative ground speed in a head wind. In this situation, what is the correct thing for a pilot to do, if there is nowhere to land ...
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What is wind “CALM”?

What is the exact criteria for wind speed to be considered "CALM". Different countries might have different values and i do not mind getting answers from those. But an answer from an ICAO annex would ...
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Is it possible to fly backward if you have really strong headwind?

Is it possible to fly a plane backwards if you have a really really strong headwind? I mean when you are aloft, you have positive airspeed and airflow over the wings but you have negative ground speed....
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What does “still air” mean when planning alternative airports?

When planning for a takeoff alternate, according to 14 CFR 121.617 (1) Aircraft having 2 engines. Not more than one hour from the departure airport at normal cruising speed in still air with one ...
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Identify a change in Altitude based on direction and WCA applied?

Question below is from study material for the EASA PPL license MET course. It's an unlikely question but it's interesting to review. You are flying from west to east with WCA +6°. How is your true ...
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Landing in very high winds

A few weeks ago, a storm passed through my area with winds reported at 55kt and gusting to 68kt. Many light planes managed to break their tie-down ropes and were flung around the ramp area, which isn'...
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What is the cause of this roll oscillation during BA492 go-around? [closed]

Earlier today, BA492 aborted a landing at Gibraltar due to a strong tailwind, according to this article. Videos of the go-around show the Airbus A320 undergoing pronounced oscillation in the roll axis:...
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How can I calculate which runway to use for landing, based on the wind? [duplicate]

I have a project where the user enters the name of the airport. We fetch the wind direction (degrees) for that airport. Then we use the wind direction and the data about the runways at that airport to ...
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Wind vs high altitude cruise [duplicate]

Yesterday I flew back from Tokyo down south against great head wind around 150kt at 34000’, the original flight plan was to cruise at FL240 for a while then climb up, but the captain decided to get up ...
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How is the effect of wind on arrival time handled?

If a commercial plane encounters strong tailwinds, would the pilots set the autopilot for a fixed arrival time (if that is possible), or would it be ok to arrive way ahead of schedule? I imagine ...
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How do engines cope with various intake airflow speeds?

On a recent trip out of Washington Dulles to San Francisco, our B777 met with 200+ mph headwinds (as per the passenger entertainment system) at 35,000 ft for the first half of the route, before ...
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How does wind affect takeoff weight limits?

Two days ago I took off from BUR in relatively windy (although dry) conditions. Flightradar showed departure from runway 33, and winds were recorded roughly mid 20s kts from the N-NNE direction. ...
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Are winds that are not from the prevailing wind direction more often gusty, and why?

It seems to me that, looking at the ground weather forecasts (as opposed to, say, low level forecasts), it's far more common for the wind to be predicted to be significantly gusty when it is blowing ...
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Is extreme wind shear an official classification? Is it rare to land in 65kts headwind, gusting 95kts?

I was a passenger in an A340 during a famous storm 65kts gusting 95kts. Resulted in a go around, but the plane sunk quite fast several times. Is this rare? Are there limits to headwind component? The ...
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How do I calculate the required heading for an aircraft carrier with an angled deck to sail into the wind?

The natural wind is from 360 degrees at 10 knots. The desired relative wind down the angled deck is 10 degrees left of the ship’s heading at 30 knots. What heading and speed must the carrier go?
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Is drag higher when flying in a crosswind?

Is this true that during a flight with a crosswind the drag increases due to the fact that the relative wind blows at a certain angle to the aircraft's nose but not precisely in the opposite direction ...
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With wind, what will a perfectly circular flight path relative to the surrounding air look like from the ground? [duplicate]

Let's suppose that an airplane flying at a uniform airspeed follows a perfect, level, closed circular trajectory with respect to the mass of air. Now, seen from the ground, and in the presence of a ...
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Does the headwind component change noticeably when transitioning from a crab to a slip on short final?

I don't know if I'm overthinking this, but it has been causing a bit of confusion in my head. Knowing that the headwind component affects the angle of climb/descent, I was wondering how it affects ...
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How safe is the Boeing 737-800 in high winds?

I'm not good with flying. However, on Wednesday morning I'm flying from Gatwick to Bergen, Norway, traveling alone with two young children. I'm trying desperately to not show my kids how afraid I am ...
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Why does the angle of descent increase in a constant headwind while decreases in a sudden encounter with a headwind, in a descend?

I'm currently studying aerodynamics. I have realized that a sudden encounter with a headwind during descent will result in the aircraft generating more lift, thus angle of descent decreases. I haven'...
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What can cause a sudden jump in Indicated Air Speed?

My aircraft heading is 321 with constant Static pressure, wind speed and steadily increasing Ground Speed. Meanwhile, there was a sudden jump of 10kts in IAS from 140 to 150 kts withing a span of 1 ...
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Why is the flight duration of the same flight different in different months? [duplicate]

For example: CX880 (HKG TO LAX) takes 13h40m on the 2nd of August, but only takes 12h50m in September. CI008 (TPE TO LAX) is the same; it takes half an hour less in September than in August. What ...
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Why changes the lift during turning with sidewinds? Why is there relative wind in the wind-frame?

I started doing some simulations with XPlane and could observe a very interesting effect when doing turns in the presence of constant wind: All simulations are done with the XPlane Cessna 172 (?) ...
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Is the distance to PNR (point of no return) affected by wind?

Is the distance to PNR (point of no return) affected by wind? I did research it and found some links, but none discussed about the wind.
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Why is it 'aileron right and elevator up' with a front-right wind in a tailwheel airplane?

Question: How should the flight controls be held while taxiing a tailwheel airplane into a right quartering headwind? Answer: When taxiing a tailwheel airplane into a right quartering headwind, use ...
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Could a blimp maneuver using a sail? [closed]

How do you build a sail for a blimp/hybrid airship and what would it look like? Similar to a sail boat how could a blimp maneuver without propellers? Can a blimp sail against the wind? Wind can travel ...
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How would a low-airspeed fixed-wing drone be designed to reduce effects from gusts and wind shear?

In a story I am working on, the characters need a fixed-wing drone that can rendezvous with a blimp, where by "rendezvous" I mean "come within a very short distance at low relative airspeed". The ...
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If the speed of wind at ground is 200 kn, could an Airliner land vertically if it's course is opposite to the wind's direction? [duplicate]

I'm not a pilote and my field is programming, but I was thinking about that question: If the speed of wind at ground is 200 kn (just an example), could an Airliner land vertically (per reference to ...
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What are the effects of headwind strength on landing?

Assuming a direct headwind with zero crosswind component, what are the effects of landing into say a 10kt vs 30kt vs 50kt headwind? Are there any specific advantages or drawbacks to a stronger ...
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What is the relationship between mountain breeze and air pressure?

I am studying for my PPL and am having some problems understanding the mountain breeze phenomenon, especially when it comes to my understanding of pressure. Basically, I've read that during the day ...