From: email@example.com (Larry Stone) Organization: InterServe Communications, Inc. Date: 20 Apr 96 14:02:46 References: 1 Followups: 1
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In article <airliners.1996.553@ohare.Chicago.COM>, firstname.lastname@example.org (Steve Howie) wrote: >I was on a Cdn. Airlines 737 flight from Halifax, Nova Scotia to St. >John's Newfoundland a couple of years ago. When we took off, it was into a >strong headwind, and the plane climbed at what seemed like an inordinately >steep deck angle. I could have sworn I saw the flaps on the trailing edge >of the wing fully retracting about 30 seconds or so into the climb, which >seems very early indeed. The presence of a head wind shouldn't affect the deck angle. It will affect your angle of climb over the ground but once airborne, you fly strictly relative to the air mass. >Is this a normal occurence under such "favourable" take-off conditions? >Would the extra lift afforded by the headwind make flap use less >significant? Or were my eyes maybe playing tricks on me? Once in the air, the wind becomes irrelevant to "take-off conditions". You'll use less runway but you still fly the plane at the same indicated airspeed (which of course is relative to the air mass, not the ground). -- -- Larry Stone --- email@example.com Belmont, CA, USA My opinions, not United's.