Yes this is not really a very good place for pilots- it's always super windy. We probably hit 20+ knots 5 days each week. While we all know gyros are great in the wind - not so much in this type of terrain. A wall of 14,000' mountains 9 miles from the airport and 1,500 fpm downdrafts are not uncommon.Ventana, have you run into any strong wind gusts and down drafts out there?
There is no forecasting for this. I suppose some pireps might mention it but that would be a one off situation. If you take a mountain flying course you will certainly learn about the conditions that make if favorable for this to happen and in any particular area the locals usually know the likely conditions and places it occurs. Most pilots have personal minimums for when they do or don't fly in the mountains.How are the down drafts reported or forecast Ventana? I always wondered how this is done. Thanks.
I'm an old school purist and don't use it (or even a glide computer) in my bird, but my understanding from club members is that you can see wave, convergence, and thermal lift along with where to expect the corresponding sink. I might get a subscription to use with my students for instruction.I can see how they model lifting and thermal conditions but does it actually show downdraft models?