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Even if decedent turned at appropriate altitude in low winds, you need to turn higher in high winds because as soon as you turn back to the wind line, the nose of your canopy is down so the wind hits the top of the canopy and drives it downward even faster.

I have not seen this myth repeated in a while and thought perhaps it had been dispelled.

The airspeed of your canopy does not change, no matter what the ground winds are doing. The wind doesn't "hit the top of your canopy" because your canopy is not attached to the ground. It's attached to you, and the whole system (you + canopy) are moving with the air, relative to the ground.

Imagine a normal, no wind day, and you are coming it to land. At 500 ft the ground turns into a massive conveyor belt moving at 20mph. Everybody standing on the ground is now moving in the direction of the conveyor belt and feeling 20mph wind in their face. None of that will have any effect on how fast your canopy flies, but it will affect how fast you have to run when you land. Same with high (steady) winds. The ground and air can be moving relative to each other at any speed possible... but your canopy still moves through the air exactly the same.

So why does your ground speed increase when you turn downwind?

Could it be that the canopy is being pushed from the behind from a faster flowing air flow then your normal canopy airspeed? Could this not possibly push the azz end of your canopy putting it more in of a downward angle?

You are making it sound like high winds have no affect what so ever on your canopy.

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