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This is the story of owning and operating a 1993 Beech Bonanza A36 in the UK and some of its adventures and flights. I have owned this plane for over six years now.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


A strong crosswind and a Bonanza A36

This weekend we went to a wedding in Wales. We landed at Aberporth airfield on Friday in what was projected to be a hefty crosswind. I had worried all week that we may need to drive the five hours instead of flying the 40 minutes but thankfully it never came to that. The wind on approach was low.

On Sunday when we were due to leave it was a lovely sunny and warm day but with a stonking crosswind that varied between 14 knots directly across the main tarmac runway and 20 gusting 34. I agonised as to what option to take as there was a grass strip that was uphill, only 540 metres and wet or there was the tarmac with the direct crosswind. As we were very heavy with luggage and people the tarmac seemed the best option. I decided to wait on the tarmac runway until the wind dropped for a minute or two and with the help of the tower who kept me abrest of the wind readings get the best opportunity to go.

Once the instant wind reading was below 17 knots I held the Bonanza on the runway until I hit eighty knots with the controls turned towards the wind and then when I felt the Bonanza could not stay on the ground any more I took off and turned immediately towards the wind. Apart from a few jolts of turbulence the take-off was pretty unremarkable. Once we turned back towards Blackpool at 2500ft we had a 40 knot tailwind!

On return to Blackpool the projected crosswind there was not apparent.


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