A pilot's view on our windy weather ahead

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Updated: 11/15/2013 6:37 pm Published: 11/15/2013 5:54 pm

This weekend a front is moving in and it's promising to kick up anything that's not tied down. This weather is predicted to be so intense, the wind could even impact travel plans.

FOX23 meteorologists are predicting the wind gusts to reach up to 30 mph this weekend. We talked to one group of individuals who will definitely have an issue with this windy weather weekend, pilots.

FOX23 spoke with Mike Barnes, co-owner of Destinations EFC at Jones Riverside Airport. He explains his take on flying a plane in windy weather.

"The wind is going to make it whenever your taxing, when you are taking off, whenever you are navigating the wind is going to blow you different than what your heading," he said.

Barnes explained the pressure of flying a small plane in windy conditions.

"Whenever the winds starts gusting and you've come to what's called stalled speed in your airplane and the gust stops, your airplane is in what's called a stalled position and you're going to drop," he said.

FOX23 was able to jump in a flight simulator to see exactly how difficult it is to land with high wind gusts. Barnes explained its dangers for a new pilot to fly in windy conditions they aren't used to.

"The prudent pilot should either one not fly or number two they need to find an alternative airport with what's called a cross wind runway," he said.

Both Jones Riverside Airport and Tulsa International Airport have crosswind runways for landing.

As far as flying the skies on this windy weekend, Barnes said, "Maybe not all the wisest for a small airplane. That's always a prudent decision for a pilot that's not comfortable, that has not had training."

Barnes did say, no day is too windy for flying as long as you know what you're doing.

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karlschneider - 11/15/2013 6:49 PM
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That might be the dumbest story, quoting the dumbest people, so far in 2013. If this Barnes fellow is actually a pilot, I sure hope he takes his own advice and stays the hell away from airplanes.
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