Navigation – How to Compensate for a Crosswind.

You’re planning a round trip to an airport 100 nm due north. The wind is predicted to blow directly out of the west at 60 knots.You cruise at 100 KTAS (knots true airspeed). You need to know how to stay on course and how long the trip will take. Since there is no headwind component,…

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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…

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Effect of Wind on a Round Trip

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:

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Flying Through Thunderstorms

I didn’t know how dangerous the situation was. The air had been smooth but was starting to get bumpy. We had been in solid clouds since before Clovis, New Mexico. Center handed me off to Lubbock Approach Control who had given me vectors to intercept the localizer for the ILS approach. Then they cleared me…

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