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Illusions Caused by Drift

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Canadian Student Pilot Illusions Caused by Drift


To learn:

  • how to maintain coordinated turns when drifting in wind
  • how to maintain a desired track in headwinds and tailwinds


Understanding how the wind affects your ability to turn the airplane on a desired track will improve your ability to maneuver the airplane at low levels. Furthermore, wind drift will cause illusions that can lead to potential dangerous situations. If you have a firm understanding of drift your low-level flying skills, such as in the circuit where ground tracks are important, will improve.  

Lesson Outline:

  1. Your Personal Relationship with the Wind
  2. Airspeed Vs Ground Speed and the Associated Illusions
  3. Illusions During Turns caused by Drift
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