Super Crosswind

Flying in Fairbanks

The winds in Fairbanks were beautifully calm until I got to the airport at 8am. Then there were fast winds across the runway – variable speed at the entire range of altitudes below pattern altitude. Ugg.

I never look for the windsock before takeoff – although I know I really should. After takeoff, the climb just felt wrong. I haven’t quite quantified it yet and I was too shy to ask – but I would bet it was because of the variable winds. I didn’t quite catch the fact that the winds were quite so strong across the runway until short final of the first landing. 20 feet off the runway and I was blown very crooked. I hadn’t been that scared in a plane in a long time – was not expecting wind. Was able to straighten out in time but was so fast I was bumped back…

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