Ladies and Gentlemen,
The number of posts I have sifted through with regard to downwind turns in the ultralight crash topic has me confused a little.
My question (I know it has probably already been answered a dozen times already, but I am seeking clarification) is:
What are the hazards in executing a downwind turn on a windy day?
My background: low time spam can pilot, mostly Cherokee time. I have enough experience to know I am as much a hazard to pers on the ground as I am in the air and am always wanting to learn more. My flight training was in a fairly windy part of the country, my flight exam was 29 gusting 35kts (straight down the pipe). Winds exceeding 15kts are routine. What danger was I in flying countless (seemingly) circuits in these conditions? My instructor (very new) told me there was no issue as long as I was aware of "illusions created by drift" (an entire set of lessons).
I guess I just want to know if I am lucky or not.
Thanks for your time.