Learning Experiences

February 2008 Issue

Bring Cab Fare

Itís occasionally been said that the real difference between genius and stupidity is that genius knows its limits. And if the discussion involves two flight instructors in the same airplane, the definition of unlimited stupidity stretches out to infinity and beyond. As a new CFI, I had devised this theory about teaching crosswind landings. The best way to do it, according to my theory, was to pick a gusty day, find a crosswind and have at it. Thereís nothing original about this; every CFI in the land has practiced it. But I can claim a unique teaching credential: extreme crosswind training. I had been working with another CFI who was training to take the ATP ride. He had more time than I did, but almost all of it was serious military time in Blackhawk helicopters, some in combat. He was a recent convert to fixed-wing flying and, as sometimes seems to be the case with helo pilots, he couldnít grasp the idea of cross controlling to track the runway centerline in a crosswind.

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