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Hi everone,hope you all had a great Christmas time :) I don't post a lot in the forum, but I really had a weird flying experience today, and I thought I am going post it.Since I might be going to visit these places in 2009, I decided to take a trip from Dubai (OMDB) to Goa (VAGO) in India with my new Flight1 Citation Mustang which I think is a great aircraft and a real joy to fly. Ok, so I built a nice IFR flightplan with real weather and the help of ASA. Thats where I noticed some pilot reports for my route that I didn't understand, but remembered reading something about turbulences and some strong winds. As the weather was really nice with only a few clouds, I didn't really care...Had a great flight and everything was fine beside some turbulences but no big deal. But when I was approaching VAGO and was given a visual approach to RWY26 by ATC, I realized that the wind was 270 at 61kts! Well, I thought that it was a bit strong but at least no crosswind. And as I turned to lign up with the runway it really started to get weird, and I have never experienced anything like this before. The whole approach took me about 20 minutes or so, and as I got the landing clearence from the tower about 5miles out, it still took me nearly 10 minutes to touchdown! And I was stilll flying the Citation Mustang at 120kts IAS which showed me about 40kts ground speed! Amazing, I have never looked at a runway while approaching for such a long time :)) And then the touchdown. It felt like hovering an helicopter. Man, I thought landing the Ultra light is like a race horse.... Even taxiing at 90kts which was actually 15kts GS was quite challenging. But I really enjoyed it, and if you haven't done yet, try it. It's a lot of fun!Has anyone had a similar experience with the simulator or even in real life? Happy Flying,Rodger

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And then there is the story that has been around the real aviation world since the 50's where a DC3 or C47 flew into a mountain pass with a headwind, and upon finding it to be a dead end, just backed out. Set up your weather and try that in the sim.

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ASA really has made a difference to FS. For everyone looking for the 'biggest thing for FS since FS,' ASA is it.

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RL once in an Arrow III... winds were 60kts around 6000ft. It was so cool to see the DME show a 180kt groundspeed. Light to moderate chop at best (or worst) but a fairly smooth ride.Winds at the surface were 25 w/gusts to 45. I thought no big deal as they were straight down the runway. Was I ever wrong. As we made the Visual Approach into Eagle Creek (KEYE) I listened to the Heavies call out 20kt loss of airspeed on final at KIND. It turned out to be a "Never Again" moment as it was one squirrely ride. Wind at that speed, I found out, does not flow smoothly over the earth. If I remember correctly, I flew in at 90kts with 25

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Great topic, as I work with a guy who used to work the tower at PHX until Uncle Ronnie fired him back in the eighties. He's told me on more than one occasion about a piper that was taking off during a rather strong dust storm. The pilot got as far as the tower before the winds actually drove him backward at around 5-10 kts. The pilot eventually managed to turn toward South Mountain and was able to pick up enough airspeed to continue on with his flight. :(

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