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Old 10-11-2013, 12:58 AM   #21
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Timtation, you got that right!! I live about an hour south of amarillo and when we first moved here I too asked a local which way the wind normally blows. He smiled and took both hands and pointed across his body in both directions and said "that'a way" LOL. After near two years here, it blows where and when it wants!!
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Old 10-12-2013, 02:16 AM   #22
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I appreciate all the feedback and comments. Some have, however, invented a 'problem' where none existed. I simply meant to present a formula for static tipping velocity and state my personal 'limitations'. (As Clint Eastwood once said, "A man should know his limitations"!)

Trailers do not flip over on highways in strong crosswinds because of "bad luck"; they do so because of management error. I'm sure that many of those tip-over drivers were very comfortable and confident right up until the second they flipped over.

Even the heaviest commercial jets have 'problems' on short final (the last 200 ft drop in altitude) with gusty crosswinds in the neighborhood of 25-35 mph. It is really a matter of dancing on the rudder pedals and 'making love' to the yoke.

Ask any pilot. Years ago, I landed on runway 01 at Kansas City Downtown airport (MKC) in a 90 degree 38 knot gusting crosswind. I was just within the demonstrated crosswind component of the aircraft. I was proud of the accomplishment; my passengers were not. Lesson learned.
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