What Difference Does The Wind Make?

If the wind is constant for any round trip, it will slow you down. Here’s a problem that illustrates the point.

I’ll show you the answer next post and how I got it. You’ll learn more if you try to solve it before I show you.

The problem:

Your airplane cruises at 100 knots true airspeed (TAS).

You’re planning a 100 nautical mile trip to the north, followed with a cup of coffee, and the return flight.

At the altitudes you plan to fly, the wind is blowing directly from the north to the south at exactly 50 knots.

Questions:

  1. How long will it take to get there?
  2. How long will it take to get back?
  3. If there were no wind how long would each leg take?

In my next post, I will show you how to solve the problem and introduce a crosswind component to the calculation.

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