November 2014 Issue

Real World Versus The Simulator

In the main article, I expressed what turned out to be a strongly positive evaluation of the “highly focused Redbird Xwind Simulator.” That being the case, how does the simulator behave in comparison with a real airplane in a gusting crosswind? The simulator approaches at a set speed, and has roll response that is just sloppy enough that it mimics an airplane similar to a Cessna 172 or Cherokee Warrior fairly well, although the rudder…

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