Key point of attention:
  • Apply the Drift Correction for every leg of the circuit

At every stage of the circuit, we need to maintain a constant distance from the runway. To do this in a crosswind situation requires some practise because we need to apply the Drift Correction for every leg to prevent us from drifting off (see Lesson 7). When you forget to apply the Drift Correction, you will either be driven away from the airfield or blown towards it. In both cases you no longer fly your leg correctly and the three key factors of the circuit: height, distance and angle won’t be balanced anymore. A good circuit is a prerequisite for a good landing. During crosswind corrections, the yaw string should still be in the middle, because the flight should remain coordinated until just before touchdown.

In the illustration above you see a left hand and a right hand circuit. A “right hand” circuit means that when you are facing the direction of take-off and landing, the circuit is on your right. The nose of the glider has to be slightly into the wind on each leg of the circuit to make sure your track over the ground follows your planned circuit.