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Not storms, but there is a concept called "Pressure Pattern Flying" where you plan routing to stay in favourable circulation around Highs and Lows, to the extent that deviations to follow the circulation flow and stay in tailwinds can get you there sooner than going straight. To take advantage of this you need to be going fast enough and with the ...


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What size aircraft are we talking about? The FAA recommends staying at least 20 miles from any thunderstorm activity for GA aircraft. I can only imagine that they would double, triple, or quadruple that for something as bad as a hurricane. Convective activity a lot weaker than that would keep most GA pilots from flying. My CFI had an old saying when looking ...


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Fin and rudder are one unit, creating an airfoil. Any aerodynamic effect of this unit, on the center of gravity, will be greater at higher airspeed. Since min sink rate is around 40 mph, lift/drag, there for glide angle should be much steeper at 60 mph. Wing AOA will be less at 60 mph, but total drag greater. The Schweitzer 2-22 design features a large ...


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Full disclosure: I have exactly 3 hours logged in a glider and have never specifically flown the 2-22 or 2-33. That said, I do have some experience and understanding of slips, and the principles should be the same.To answer your question, I will draw from quotes taken from this article on Boldmethod.com. In a forward slip, the amount of slip, and therefore ...


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I found a blog post that answers the question by using commercial aviation as a metric. General aviation (US) 1 death in 64,000 hours 156x as dangerous as commercial aviation Flying sailplanes (Germany, France) 1 death in 50,000 hours 200x as dangerous as commercial aviation The following graph shows the relative difference between sailplanes and powered ...


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Wind is nothing more than the motion of the ground relative to the airmass. A plane flies within the airmass and has no way to "know" which direction the ground far below is moving. So, no, what you propose would generally not be possible. Exotic schemes based on operations within the wind gradient, albatross-style, could be an exception-- ...


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TLDR We're going to have to break down your requirements and define them to be able to answer: Plane so, a heavier than air craft that uses lift to defy gravity flies so, "remains aloft for a period of time". What period is acceptable to constitute flight? I'd say indefinite, because you said "always" but.. into the wind so, capable ...


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