+1habo wrote:I have never ever heard of that and I flew more than 10 years in Europe.
kristoffer wrote:Icarus wrote:I notice even some "good" European pilots can only thermal to the left. I flew a SB task two days ago with another guy (no names) who consistently finishes top 20.
Even when I was in a thermal first, turning right, he would enter just below me turning the opposite direction....pissed me right off! That tells me he cannot fly to the right.
Most of us have our preferences for sure, but you need to be able to turn both ways and climb well.
There are several pertinant clues that might well explain a turning bias,
1st... In RL the pilot will sit on the LEFT side of the cockpit in multi seat (powered) craft because the normal airfield approach pattern is a left circuit affording the pilot a view of the airfield throughout his approach pattern.
2nd... It is well known that centre stick stearing will encourage LEFT TURNING by mostly right handed pilots because it requires a greater muscular effort to move the stick to the right (most ppl are less strong for right pushing).
3rd... Virtual pilots most commonly use a "twist stick" to effect rudder inputs, in a Right handed pilot the wrist muscles are much weaker to twist to the outside ie RIGHT, this makes the co-ordination of rudder to Right Turns more difficult.
So ... the cumulative effects of HABIT ... HUMAN Physique and Historical protocol win out.
Useless extra remark .... I am an ex Hang Glider Pilot with more that 1500hr of log air time, in the HangGliding community the turning bias was to the Right, after many pub fueled heated debates about this a fellow pilot and physiotherapist laid the issue to rest by sighting that "more than 70% of people (80% in males) are right handed, roll input on a hang glider requires that you move your entire body to the side, so the easiest direction to move your body using arms in a prone (face down) or press up position is to the right... resulting in a right hand turning bias for hang glider pilots and left bias for sailplanes".
In the end a bias is not justification for making a dangerous choice of turn direction, safe practice demands that you must be willing to go both ways.
This is a bit interresting I think, but I (I think many other`s to) can "only" turn in one direction .. . Of somehow reason I always have the nices and most comfy turns to the left . . . Turning right feels almost a bit weird
i have never understood why but thats the fact ! I can of course turn right but when it comes to circling many times around am best to the left. .. . ..(for me) I also have heard others have experienced the same somethimes . . . .
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