- Sep 6, 2008
- Keeping my hatchet sharp in the PNW
Winds are in excess of 45 kts right now. I just watched a -12 take off and his wings were about as stable as Michael J. Fox on a trampoline.
I avoided looking out the windows doing that. I learned my lesson.
I think our limit is 25kt, or the equivalent of a 90 deg-25kt crosswind. Most of the time I didn't notice much. Looking out the cockpit was interesting. Looking out the side window? Never again.
I think the AF suffered through worse than us though.
Try watching a DC-4 come in/out under those circumstances. And put it on the ground like a boss to boot. I was in a whole lotta WTF mode watching that whole approach and departure.
I guess there's no replacement for displacement, or something like that.