just a quick question about wind gust spreads. it's been two decades since i worked with rotorcraft, but a question just occurred to me today due to the extreme weather we've been experiencing of late (just recently in the south and the northeast where i reside). what is or was the maximum safe gust spread for the old two-bladed jet rangers and long rangers, and also dauphins and a-stars? i seem to remember 40, but that seems extreme. thanks in advance for your answers.
Maximum 40 knots, with a 15 knot gust spread is a common limit for many operators, but I don't know of an RFM limitation. The maximum wind speed, and the gust spread, may be lower in some cases, depending on the pad, the obstructions around it, and the location of the helicopter on the pad.