Flying with a tailwind

Nige benefiting from a tailwind on the way home

A tailwind is a wind that blows in the direction of travel of an object, while a headwind blows against the direction of travel. A tailwind increases the object’s speed and reduces the time required to reach its destination, while a headwind has the opposite effect. In flight it is critical that you are aware of the direction and speed of the wind at all times. Failure to set the correct drift angle could result in an off track error.

The image to the left is the synoptic image for the 15th September 2018, the day the tailwinds were experienced.