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This one is going downwind (like going down current on a boat), but it shows how the view is different.
This one shows going upwind (lower left picture), but it's a really small picture.
Note that the effect feels dramatic as the plane is really going fast downwind. Even turning broadside to the wind, you get pushed downwind. And after straightening out you end up back behind where you would have been otherwise.
As pilots we had to learn to make perfect circles over the ground on a windy day.
Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
The best minds discuss sailing (and a little bit of politics). I don't know why. It's a mystery!
Last edited by Bene505; 05-20-2011 at 05:58 PM.