Originally Posted by bm2thirsty
for me its sad, first paragraph the writer indicates that he has no brain
Not sure why you have to be a famous pilot to have common sense...
In short, pilots like to take off into a headwind because it helps them achieve "wheels up" faster. "A jetliner like a Boeing 747, needs at least 150 mph of airspeed to become airborne," says Gudmundsson. "Without wind, the plane has to accelerate to a groundspeed of 180 mph to lift off, but when you have a 30 mph headwind, the plane only has to accelerate to 150 mph, thanks to the extra boost it gets from the headwind."
The author didn't make the error. The person he interviewed did. He wasn't writing a technical guide on how to compute the airspeed, he just made a mistake while speaking. Chill out.
Also, the question is fair. This is an article on a travel site. Why would an average traveler even know this? They don't have to know it. It doesn't benefit them to know it. As far as a traveler is concerned, it really doesn't matter because they still get to where they are going more or less on time. It seems like a fair question to me. If it seems like a dumb question, then maybe it's because you expect the random schmoe to know something about aerodynamic theory?
If a public school curriculum even mentions it at all, they don't spend more than an hour on the subject over a student's career.