ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Crosswind Concepts, an aviation training center based at Centennial Airport, has launched its “Stick-n-Rudder Ground School” educational offering to pilots.
“While pilots walk away from our seminars and the ground portion of our Maximum Demonstrated Crosswind training session much more knowledgeable, the more time you spend understanding crosswinds in aviation, the more confident and safe you become,” said Manager Taylor Albrecht. “This is why we developed a more in-depth ground school centering on the enigma of crosswinds.”
The course is comprised of three parts. The first is a weather review, particularly as it relates to wind. The second is an aerodynamics review that starts with the four forces of flight and ends with a discussion of skids and slips as flight maneuvers. The last part looks at the impact of wind in the important taxi, takeoff and landing phases of flight.
“We believe with courses like these, in combination with our training programs using the Redbird Xwind trainer, we can have a significant impact and lower the number of loss-of-control issues due to windy conditions,” said Albrecht. “This is why we are not only offering the classes ourselves, but are seeking flight schools, instructors and other organizations to sponsor them around the region. In fact, our first partnership is with the Aspen Flying Club at Centennial Airport, who will be hosting the class on Saturday, Nov. 8, starting at 9 am.”