As a long time CFI, I must admit I was skeptical – I couldn’t intuitively see how it would be effective. Not wanting to be embarrassed by not being able to ‘fly’ the thing, I reluctantly agreed to a demonstration flight – after about fifteen minutes of yanking and banking and pushing and pulling I came away so convinced of the trainer’s value and potential to help pilots become safer and more capable landing and taking off in crosswind conditions, we decided to make it an integral part of our training programs. All pilots obtaining a certificate, rating, or transition participate in a thorough session in the trainer – everyone has come away with enhanced skills and an appreciation of what it takes to be competent in cross wind landings.
I wanted to pass on my thanks for an excellent and instructive session with Paul. Couldn't imagine a better experience.
Thank you guys so much!!!
I was dicey at crosswind landings at best.
Today, I landed 4 landings @ 20 knot crosswind component and nailed each one. My instructor was literally agape at the improvement.
I did crosswind training with you a few weeks back and I wanted to give you an update of my flight status.
Since the training with you, immediately afterwards my landings had drastically improved. I was landing centerline regardless of the wind conditions to include with your training I could visually see the intensity and direction of the wind in my head from the tactics you taught me. My instructor was amazing of the improvement to include I did my solo evaluation and they were even shocked. I am now flying solo and it's the greatest feeling ever all thanks to your teachings. Thank you so much!
“Definitely the best flight simulation experience I’ve had since a charity auction flight in an Airbus 319 at the Frontier Airline Training Center.”
... after working with you, when I saw a TAF yesterday predicting very strong crosswinds with gusts, I was actually really looking forward to getting in the air with Erik yesterday. Once we were in the air, the winds were strong with variable heading and quite strong gusts, and yet I felt more comfortable flying and landing the plane than ever - I think it’s more than safe to say that both Erik and thought I had made substantial progress.
I wanted to say thanks for the first rate training that you provided last week. I have been avoiding
crosswinds in my C 172. Now I have the confidence to practice in my aircraft. After your coaching,
I especially liked the solo practice in endless runway mode. I could dial any wind from either side up to 25 knots or more. I would go from crab to wing low to crab, effectively doing 1 landing every 40 seconds. To handle 20 knots at 90 degrees was a huge confidence builder -- all without any risk. At age 65, I like to show my insurance company some training. Your Redbird Crosswind training was excellent. I am glad I made the trip!
"I went up to do some touch and go landings to apply the things we worked on. There was only a 6 kt x-wind but still allowed me to focus my approach. I found the work we did very helpful and look forward to going back up with stronger winds. Our work gave me a better feel for my personal maximums for x-wind landings. Thanks again and will come back for more work."
Just wanted to let you know that Craig and I flew yesterday to practice some crosswind landings at KGXY and KBJC. The concepts I learned on the simulator translated very well to the SR20 and were extremely helpful. In fact, one of the landings at KBJC was with a 20+ knot crosswind! I would not hesitate to recommend Crosswind Concepts to anyone—thanks for your help!
You guys are super! As a "rusty pilot" returning to flying after a VERY long hiatus, I recognized a need to recover skills that were once pretty good, but had slipped away from disuse.
You've developed a "psychomotor hack" that is just the ticket for dealing with the crosswinds so frequent on the Great Plains.
Taylor, you ran me through the wringer - in a pleasant sort of way - and by the time we were finished, I felt genuinely confident in my rediscovery of long unused skills. I hated to stop, but I could hardly wait to get back home and put them to use.
As it turns out, my very next session with my CFI, to finish up some Wings Basic flight activities, ended up with conditions much more challenging than planned, as a localized thunderstorm rapidly approached the destination airport. The steady but predictable crosswind turned gusty and variable, requiring all the skills I had just been working on. In all honesty, the landing wasn't perfect - I was still a little left of centerline, but with zero drift and tracking straight, and touched down one wheel at a time. I also got the aileron in full deflection during roll out, and kept it there (Thanks, Taylor!). It was incredibly gratifying.
I'll be back again next year; I just can't duplicate the intense, distilled experience in regular flying, and this is a skill that demands regular practice (much like golf).
Your enthusiasm made the training both fun and educational. It is nice to see someone so passionate about what they are doing. We also appreciated your well-thought-out and structured program which starts out with some easy drills and progresses all the way up to landings in challenging crosswinds, well beyond what we would ever be comfortable with taking on in the real world.
Using a crosswind simulator really is the most time and cost efficient way to polish crosswind skills. We can't image any pilot at any skill level who wouldn't benefit from taking your course.
“450 hours - and 150 of those in the last 60 days. You’d think my landings, particularly in the past 60 days were nailed. So did I. Then I was introduced to a Crosswind Concepts session. The concept of a good pilot is always learning couldn’t ring truer than at Crosswind Concepts. I was brought back to the very basics of stick and rudder flying and was able instantly to regain that all important sight picture of a cross wind approach and landing. In my opinion, no check ride is complete without a few simulator rides in the Crosswind environment. It’s the difference between knowledge and proficiency.”
Thank you for taking the time to work with me yesterday. Todays landings were definitely improved and talking my landing all the way down was a huge help. I'll register for the WINGS program and let you know, thanks for the heads up.
I really appreciated the seminar presented by you and your crew last night @ MKC. Good show, and a great example of concentrating on the things that matter the most. We ALL have problems with crosswind operations - some more than others. You have broken down a skill that is largely intuitive (but those who have gained the intuition generally can't explain it), identified the component parts, and reassembled them in a way that can be understood rationally, then executed practically. No small feat.
I had heard about the crosswind training simulator for over a year and kept meaning to look into it. When I finally scheduled my lesson and simulator session I was surprised to see how practical and real the training environment was. Let’s face it, practicing crosswinds in a real airplane can be dangerous and is expensive. Practicing in this environment, for the very first time, you really could begin to understand the relationship of wind to rudder and aileron. After one hour and dozens of crosswind landings I had a much better understanding of this relationship and the way in which to successfully deal with them. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who flies regardless of experience level. You simply never get enough practice in this environment and this is an inexpensive way to sharpen your skills.
Wow! What a fantastic tool for any pilot! Crosswind Concepts should be a mandatory part of every student pilot program.
Huge boost in my confidence for making crosswind landings!
I traveled 7 hours to the Denver area for Crosswind training. I was very impressed with the course, especially the time spent on the simulator. It put the whole concept of crosswind landing in perspective. “Point the nose with your toes” goes through my mind every time I land. I came away with much greater personal confidence and my ability to land in a crosswind has greatly improved. The training was well worth the long drive.
I have to tell you, your training program has been sooooooo useful to me.
Over the winter season, I went flying all over Colorado, and performed crosswind landings in all sorts of conditions at all sorts of airports.
I directly attribute (to your training) not only my success and safety with crosswind landings and takeoffs, but to the great FUN it is!
Many of these mountain airports have very irregular landscapes and wind conditions, and I personally find the challenge of assessing all the variables and making the safe correct choices and adjustments in each situation quite FUN!
I will heartily recommend your training to any aspiring aviator.
I didn't see a huge improvement in Jim E. but he was fairly proficient already however I was amazed at the improvement in Wayne M! He is now taking command of the aircraft and has really good crosswind control. We went out yesterday with the wind 170 at 15 and he made all his landings (4) straight on the center line of runway 27. We then switched to runway 13 when the wind shifted to 200 at 10 and he did well on the right crosswind also.
Came here from St. Louis. I am a 300 hour pilot. Spent 2 1/2 hours pushing my limits and came away a better pilot. You can really learn in a friendly foregiving environment. I'll be back again. The staff are great.
Just wanted to share with you that my lesson last week featured a cross wind landing (and take off), and my instructor Steve was pleased with what I did. Thanks again for the great training experience!
"... CC training came though when we ventured out on a cross-country flight from KAPA to KFNL then on to KGXY. We set up for a landing on runway 33, the winds were reported as 300 degrees at 12 knots gusting 18knots, higher than Ian was used to. Without hesitation he said "We'll be fine, I'm feeling good about this landing."
Was he ever right!! I didn't have to prompt him to use rudder, wind correction, or anything else. He lined up on final and said "OK Pointing my nose with my toes, and banking to stay on center." We touched down perfectly on center line on the upwind wheel and it was the softest landing he has made yet in his training!!
The BEST part was he kept full aileron deflection in after touchdown all the way off the runway where he asked "So when is a good time to let off the aileron?"
I could not be more impressed with what just one session did for his confidence and coordination as a student pilot!