Vaughn College sophomore Ryan Barren carded a perfect landing score of 1,000 on Redbird's challenging crosswind simulator. For his efforts, the 19-year-old Barren was greeted with "hail" in the form of ping-pong balls as he exited the simulator.
"It's exciting; now I just have to do it in real life," Barren said.
The crosswind simulator is among the most challenging pieces of Redbird equipment. It places pilots in gusting wind conditions for extended periods in the hope of teaching proper landing techniques. Vaughn students have done rather well at it; Barren's 1,000 was a touch better than Franklin Pillcorema's 990.
Real wind interrupted Thursday's morning flying schedule, forcing the students indoors. A break enabled some flying in the afternoon with the promise of better conditions on Friday.
--James Stephen Smith,
Director of Public Affairs
"Hailstones" tossed from his classmates and instructors cascade
down on Ryan Barren after his perfect crosswind simulator score.