With regards to wind speed given by ATC/atis when they say for example “160@16 knots, varying between 180 and 120 degrees”.
Our company policy is that we take the steady wind speed component and if applicable half the gust value, this would play a part in crosswind and headwind/tailwind limitations.
What I am curious about is the varying bit, for the above example could I take the 160@16 knots for let’s say my tailwind limitation or would I have to plan for the worst case scenario i.e. take the wind from 120 degrees.
I know it may be slightly different depending on what part of the world you fly but we have an approach limit/outer marker whereby the pilot can go past this point on the approach as long as the required visibility (and ceiling for non precision approach) is in place, if this Vis declines after passing that point the pilot can continue to minimums and attempt a landing.
Would this apply to wind limits also i.e. crosswind/tailwind? If the winds are out of limits can you even attempt an approach in the hope that they will die down by the time you get to your minimums?
Any thoughts or input would be greatly appreciated.