JESA: I've found that the biggest challenge in flight training is with rudder pedals on take off and landing, and students using the yoke like a steering wheel. People that we train have been driving for many years and they have a difficult time steering with their feet when they have a steering wheel in their hands. That's usually why they have problems in a cross wind. It's much easier teaching in an airplane with a stick.
OFTM: How do you help students understand the effect of crosswind on landings?
OFTM: I'm intrigued by your comments about the rudder pedal issue -- I TOTALLY had this problem with the yoke, too, when I was working towards my PPL! (And yes, I drove a car for many years before coming to flying, lol!) So... what do you do to counteract this problem with your students who drive?
JESA: I would usually have them taxi figure 8's while I handle the control, on the ground. This works pretty effectively as an exercise to improve rudder pedal control.
OFTM: Thanks, John, for sharing a few tips with us today. I know that the students and instructors who use our website will benefit from your insights.
JESA: You're welcome, thanks for the opportunity!