Originally Posted by bjr_93tz
As an Electrical Engineer I apply the simpliest level of electrical principles I can that adequately describe the systems I'm working on, even though I know full well that that's not what's REALLY going on.
That is a very interesting perspective, and it does apply to the downwind turn phenomenon. There have been a few times in my life when people have asked me how a transistor works. I usually explain how a triode tube works instead, because the concepts of particles moving through space and valves are easier for laymen to understand. Then I tell them that the transistor uses a very different method to achieve a similar effect.
The title of this thread should really be called "How to land a plane in windy and gusty conditions", but it's all working out anyway. There have been several people who have submitted some well thought-out strategies complete with do's and don'ts. Couldn't have hoped for more.