"You're just making a lot more corrections with your cyclic stick to compensate for those variations," he said about the wind. "Once we're in the air and clear of all obstructions, sometimes it gets a little bumpy," he said.
Even more than a bumpy ride, the wind has caused Griggs to set his helicopter--and the patient inside--down on the ground because it was too dangerous to fly.
But Griggs says there are time when the high wind is helpful, too.
"In some aspects wind is actually an advantage because you have more lift than on a non-wind day," he said. "It's not too bad becuase the helicopter's wings are rotating and they're flexible. We actually don't get as much turbulence as fixed-wing aircraft."