The first and only specific simulator for crosswind landings training

Since the beginning of aviation, pilots have had difficulty landing in crosswinds and turbulence, making approach and landing difficult in these types of conditions. Practicing these phases of flight in adverse weather conditions is too risky.

The Full Motion Redbird Xwind simulator, together with the appropriate instruction, trains pilots in the appropriate techniques to face and overcome these two factors in total safety and without risk. By positioning the student in crosswind and gusty conditions, we manage to train the pilots the appropriate techniques in this type of challenging conditions.

Since 2019, our students have been enjoying specific training in these skills, thanks to the incorporation into our fleet of the only Full Motion Xwind simulator in Europe.

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Why is it so important to train
in a simulator like the Redbird XWind?

One of the most common contributing factors in weather related accidents or incidents at different airports around the world is crosswind. The second most common factor is wind gusts.

In fact, factors such as crosswinds and gusts of wind cause more accidents than fog, thunderstorms and ice formation combined. The question is why?

As is the case with most procedures found in aviation, crosswind landings require constant practice to truly master such special conditions. The difficulty that most student pilots encounter is limited practical experience of these types of landings, this is due to safety considerations and cancellations due to the adverse weather conditions these landings entail.

This is where One Air’s Full Motion Redbird Xwind simulator comes into play.

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The Xwind is the only training simulator in production dedicated to teaching visual approaches and landings. By providing force feedback and sideways drift with respect to the runway, it is possible to safely practice in adverse conditions.

No other platform offers students the opportunity to perfect the primary control skills required for normal, crosswind and turbulent landings.

The simulator ‘polishes’ the pilot’s control capabilities in difficult conditions on approach and landing.


The XWind Simulator is used in the specific ‘crosswind’ training in the US

The Xwind simulator is also used by the specialised crosswind training centre Crosswind Concept in Centennial Airport to the south of Denver.

Not only has it helped advanced pilots but has also saved the careers of student pilots who were about to give up their dream of flying due to delays in achieving the level required for their first Solo.

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The simulator is also used as a training device by the Colorado Wing of the American Civil Air Patrol (COWG). The Civil Air Patrol operates in the area of the Rocky Mountains and is composed of 35 squadrons divided into three groups around Colorado.

With this simulator, which complements the training of our students, and the continuous practice of instructors, it is possible to obtain the highest safety standards in all types of adverse cross-wind conditions.