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User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5048 posts, RR: 8
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1998 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.?

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User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1874 times:

On my last flight from WLG to AKL on a QF 733, we were getting buffeted around from side to side quite violently.........and that was just while sitting at the gate.

One of the pilots came on the intercom and advised us of high crosswinds and possible windshear on takeoff and let everyone know that "the aircraft is equipped to handle it.......as are the pilots!"

The last bit there resulted in laughter throughout the cabin.
The takeoff shortly afterwards was very rough. Absolutely loved it!!  Silly

User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1856 times:

"ahhhhhh. keep ahhhh strapped in on the take-off it's going to be a little bumpy, flight attendants seats for takeoff and we'll be waiting for drinks and dinner in a few.

User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1845 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..."


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