N62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5023 posts, RR: 8 Posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1994 times:
I just ventured out to my balcony here in Miami Beach to gaze over towards MIA and observed what appear to be normal takeoff operations to the east. Winds off the ocean (I live right on the beach) are sustained at 27 knots gusting to 36 knots.
This question is directed at pilots on here.
Just before getting underway, on a very windy night like this, with all the pax knowing the effects of a hurricane are already being felt, do you make an announcement to the pax to let them know that despite the high winds, the plane can handle it, you anticipate just a bit of a bumpy takeoff, etc.?
SonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1841 times:
While I am not a pilot, I would personally stray away from phrases such as "high crosswinds" or "windshear." I think those words are a little over the top for the flying public. I would say something along the lines of "Well folks, as you can tell, the winds are playing with us a little bit and we expect some turbulence on the way out. We should find some smooth air once we get above the cloud layers. Once again, it certainly is a pleasure serving you..."