Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Wikipedia.
Related to downwind: downwind leg
1. in the same direction towards which the wind is blowing; with the wind from behind
2. towards or on the side away from the wind; leeward
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
In the direction toward which the wind is blowing; applies particularly to moving downwind, whether desired or not.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
i. In the direction away from the source of wind.
ii. Refers to the downwind leg of a circuit or traffic pattern. The path flown by aircraft parallel to but in the direction opposite to that for takeoff or landing on the airfield circuit pattern.
iii. When transmitted by aircraft or air traffic control on the radio, it means that the aircraft in the circuit pattern is approximately abeam of the upwind end of the runway in use. See downwind (ii).
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved