Took a flight today with a friend who flies a 172.........I trained
and got my license in one. We are in the Central Texas area where my
field is 15-33 with wind just 90 degress to the runway but we used 33
because it looked more favorable most of the time. Wind was at 16mph.
I followed the 172 in and he had quite a time keeping it centerd on
the 50' wide runway and he is a good pilot. He also needed to really
stay on top of the aileron position on landing and taxi due to the
wind, coupled with the high wing of the Cessna and the narrow stance
of the main gear. I really am going somewhere with this............I
am an average pilot and love to tell these stories because my
Sundowner is like a tank. If you fly it like you are supposed to the
crosswinds are not a great problem but what is more important, once
you get this thing on the ground..........its on the ground. The Wide
stance of the main gear keeps it planted and I really never have had a
problem with the wind once planted. Look at accidents in these
conditions and you will find this is critical time of flight including
the taxi. Love the plane for this quality.


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