What are your wind limitations. Where should they be for different levels of pilots?

Published by: Paul Hamilton on 26th Jul 2017 | View all blogs by Paul Hamilton

Establishing appropiate wind limitations is an important aspect of ADM/risk analysis.

On the runway, at altitude, in mountains/canyons are the stuations.


Where do you draw the line?

These are the four BUMP LEVELS for which I make the GO/NO GO decision to fly:

Nice Air

Moderate bumps

Uncomfortable air



What are your bump levels on the runway, at altitude, in mountains/canyons.







  • Tom Currier
    by Tom Currier 1 year ago
    Runway; I'm on the water. There are no bumps:) Turbulent air is very evident as wind swirls making small, distorted waves on the surface. I look for steady winds not over 15mph

    Altitude; I haven't gone up in anything over 25mph but I look for a close match in surface and altitude winds. Anything spread greater than 15mph and I know it'll be a bumpy gradient.

    I don't do mountains yet.......just rolling NH hills that are usually less than 1500'

    I guess that puts me at moderate for all categories
  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 1 year ago
    Tom yes big wing no brakes my water limits would be very low.
    Unless, I could get a floating dock that would weather vane into the wind so you could pull straight with power up into a U shaped dock that would fit the float system. Now I would be ready for MORE wind...
  • Tom Currier
    by Tom Currier 1 year ago

    You'd be surprised how sheltered most areas around the lakes are. Even on a lee shore the winds tend to lighten up quite a bit; I guess because they bounce off the shore and reflect back. I've never had an issue driving onto my plane lift but again, you won't find me out in anything over 15mph. If I ever get stuck with too much to handle the windward side of the lakes up here are nearly always accessible and calm even in the stoutest gusts.

    I doubt I'll ever increase my limits. Most days fall within my range and I'm very comfortable staying within them. Right now I'm working on bump tolerance and getting much happier with that as time goes along. Of course that goes hand in hand with winds as when they roll over these hillsides and mountains it certainly pumps up the bump factor.

  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 1 year ago
    Thanks Philip. Remember "the air is soft and the ground is hard"
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