Friday, April 10
Flight 19: Crosswind Workout
By Brady Lane at 1:00 PM
Flight log to date Hours flown: 18.0 | Days since I started: 178 | Cost: $3,034.30
Today we had a crosswind component of about 6-9 knots (gusting 12-14) and that was enough to give me a good workout.
I heard Jason say, "Aileron into, rudder away" about 600 times today. It started to sink in and I started to enjoy the challenge of the crosswind.
Toward the end, the wind picked up a little more and I started getting tired, so you'll want to buckle your seat belt before watching the last two landings. I learned you really have to be sharp and on top of your game when handling a crosswind.
Flying five to six crosswind approaches is exhausting, but there will be times that I'm going to come back from a two hour flight and have to land in a crosswind when I'm tired. So, I'm thankful for this training.
I've learned to respect the crosswind - but also enjoy the challenge. I'm sure as I get better at landing in crosswinds, all my landings will improve.