# Questions tagged [winds-aloft]

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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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### Why did my transatlantic flight meander off the great circle?

I recently flew commercial to Scotland and was tracking our progress on my iPad using Foreflight. I made a direct-to line that followed the great circle route, but noticed that we meandered off of it ...
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### How can the wind speed and direction be calculated from on-board measurements?

I am currently learning C++ on my own in my spare time. I am writing a little application that will help me while at work. I have come across a situation where I have some given values, but im not ...
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### How are extreme winds aloft handled and how do they affect flight?

I'm looking at forecasted winds aloft on SkyVector for early next week. Specifically, I'm looking at the Pacific Ocean (routed between California and Hawaii) and notice that there are some barbs ...
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### Could winds of up to 150 km/h impact the structural loads on a Boeing 777?

From 15 October 2016, AI 173 from Delhi to San Francisco started flying over Pacific. Jet streams over Pacific helped Air India in reducing the flight time by 2 hours, despite increasing the travel ...
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### Are weather balloon launches NOTAM'ed?

Are weather balloon launches NOTAM'ed? Related, how frequent (periodically and spatially) are they for gathering data on wind-aloft, etc.?
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### Is there a way to approximate the best glide speed for maximum glide distance in a headwind during flight? [duplicate]

Flying at an airspeed corresponding to an aircraft's maximum glide ratio in calm air will maximize the distance covered for a given altitude (AGL). But in a headwind, the horizontal velocity would be ...