Let’s be honest. Students don’t spend enough time practicing ground reference maneuvers like turns around a point or S-Turns. We want to learn to land and go on cross countries! No one has time for ground reference maneuvers!
The reality is that the reason we practice these maneuvers is to learn and get a feel for how “wind drift” can boss us around sometimes. How many times have you been trying to fly that perfect rectangle in the traffic pattern only to realize that rectangle looks more like a trapezoid. Maybe you struggle with rolling out too early or too late on final. Ground reference maneuvers especially S-Turns will really help your pattern work and landings. Check out the video below.
How are you with S-Turns? I’d love to hear how they’ve helped you or what you’re doing to become a safer pilot everyday. Leave me a comment below.