Wind Shear

While watching football games yesterday I was checking Ithaca weather as I often do, to see if I’m going to be able to get my lessons in during the upcoming week. Unfortunately Mother Nature has not been kind to me or my students lately.

Yesterday I saw this TAF for Ithaca and had to read it twice.



WS015/18040KT was forecast at 0200 and WS020/16050KT at 0800. That got me wondering how many of my students had seen that and if they knew what it meant. I know that they had read and I had told them (I hope) that WS was wind shear and the coding was the altitude of the shear, the direction and the magnitude. Besides being able to read that a wind shear is forecast how many would know what a 50 knot shear really means to their ability to control an aircraft. Would they know what to expect if they heard this on an ATIS broadcast?

I did some digging and found this FAA article on Wind Shear.

Click to access FAA%20P-8740-40%20WindShear%5Bhi-res%5D%20branded.pdf

The diagrams leave a little to be desired but it acts as a good primer for our student student pilots and a refresher for our certificated pilots.

I was wondering if any of our members have experience with wind shear and if so if they would relate their stories here.

Sure enough I was awakened at about 4:00 AM this morning by the wind howling outside and thought that it was a good night not to be flying but a bad night to be a Giants fan.

If Mother Nature keeps me from seeing you at East Hill, Happy Thanksgiving.