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Wind And A Jet Engine Start Up?  
User currently offlineAtcboy73 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6020 times:

When a jet is pushed back from a gate does it need to face into the wind in order or the engine to start up. Or does this matter at all?

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User currently offlineFredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5985 times:



I thought I was doing good trying to avoid those airport hotels... and look at me now.
User currently offlineMusang From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 920 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5964 times:

It used to. On the original 747 for example, there was a tailwind limitation for start-up, about 15 knots I believe.

Regards - Musang.

User currently offlineAvioniker From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1109 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5942 times:

A pilot is "encouraged" to not have a direct breeze up the tailpipe on starting. It can make for a very pretty (and sometimes exciting) display if there's a weak igniter. Each company has their own policies based on the appropriate manufacturer's operating and maintenance manuals.

One may educate the ignorance from the unknowing but stupid is forever. Boswell; ca: 1533
User currently offlineJjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5826 times:

At my company (regional Saab 340 operator), aircraft are (when possible) positioned into the expected wind to avoid a hot-start or ingestion of exhaust gases into the cabin -- this is especially noticeable on the first flight of the day, as the oil that seeped overnight burns off.


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