Online Ground School (Private Pilot)

Lesson: Airport Wind Indicators

Airport Wind Indicators

     Reference: ACS PA.III.A.K1 - K9, PA.III.B.K1 - K4 PHAK Chapter 14

Wind direction and speed is provided by both wind indicators and ATC or FSS at towered airports. 

 

At most non-towered airports the wind is provided by both wind indicatiors and AWOS.  But, at some non-towered airports where there is no source of verbal communication of the current winds, wind indicators are used. 

 

Indicators are found near the runway and located in a segmented circle, which shows the traffic pattern directions. There are a few types of indicators used.

  • Windsocks

  • Tetrahedron

  • Wind tee

TIP:

    The windsock should be used as the primary source of wind direction and speed.

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