Originally Posted by AeroKen
As a practical matter, I've never seen wind that is a smooth block of uniformly moving air around here. Especially at a flying field rimmed with trees. There are always changes, there are times when you set up an approach only to have your downwind leg turn into an upwind leg halfway through, and have to turn around to land the other way. Wind can be going 90 degrees at the edge of the field from what it is where your standing. And of course there are sometimes bursts of wind followed almost instantly by calm. So I respect the theory of the uniform wind, but I fly in the reality of the slightly unpredictable breeze.
Right, but really, unless you're 18 inches off the ground flaring, you really shouldn't be so close to a stall that a "slightly unpredictable breeze" can put you in the trees..
Originally Posted by Wookster
heck I live in Kansas. Every now and then the wind gets crazy enough it starts dropping houses on in-laws.