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Skills Involved in Crosswind Landings

December 7, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Crosswind landings represent the height of a pilot’s ability to manage four controls at the same time, often in challenging weather conditions. At San Carlos Airport, the prevailing winds often include a crosswind component, so pilots learning takeoffs and landings here must learn crosswind takeoff and landing technique from the very beginning. If your early training was at an airport with a runway closely aligned with the prevailing wind, you may have approached crosswind landings as if they were strange or unusual.

SCFC often invites Dan Dyer to speak about his experiences teaching crosswind technique in high-wing aircraft, and in the Xwind 200 crosswind landing simulator that the Flight Center owns. His ability to simplify the technique for safe crosswind operations has helped many pilots improve their mastery of light to moderate crosswinds. In this presentation, we’ve asked Dan to approach crosswind landing from a different angle, by breaking down the list of fundamental pilot skills that are needed before the complex simultaneous mastery of the skills are used in crosswind takeoffs and landing.

You may be confident in your crosswind takeoff or landing capability, but this presentation may give you a different perspective on component skills that need a refresher or additional practice. If you’re a new student pilot trying to master crosswinds, or a high-time pilot looking for a different way to think about the skills you’re naturally using in the aircraft, this presentation is for you.


Dan Dyer is the founder of the San Carlos Flight Center, and has built the motto of Safety, Community, and Adventure for over 8 years.  Dan was an instructor for 15 years, accumulated over 4,000 flight hours, and is the Bay Area’s local expert in crosswind landing instruction. He is known for finding simple and innovative ways to explain complex topics and regularly speaks on advanced ground school topics.  Find out more about Dan at www.sancarlosflight.com or contact him at dan@sancarlosflight.com


San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation through safety, community, and adventure. AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2022 as a Distinguished Flight School.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Livestream access is free for everyone, but recorded seminars are available solely to members at a later date. Click here or contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access to our web archive.



December 7, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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