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Discrepancies in the data from the 2 tests might have been attributed to the significant crosswind component at the 500 ft AGL release point, where winds were almost 090 degrees from the theoretical direction that could have led to greater drift and dispersion.
At this point you're leaning towards Runway 36, which is relatively long by comparison and you'd be dealing with just another 10 degrees of crosswind component. You can plan to fly west down the GPS-A, then jog over for a right base to 36 with plenty of cloud clearance.
While demonstrated crosswind components are not limitations, they are a guide to what a professional test pilot can do with the airplane under controlled circumstances.
The aircraft came with a demonstrated crosswind component. This is the maximum amount of direct crosswind the airplane can "sail" against and stay straight aligned with a runway centerline, as demonstrated by a sharp factory test pilot.
The wind dot reflects the head or tailwind component and the crosswind component. One then subtracts the head or tailwind component to determine groundspeed.
Scrolling through the ForeFlight directory, I diverted our fuel stop to Auburn for two reasons: It has long, wide intersecting runways that would significantly reduce the crosswind component on landing and takeoff.
Before your trip, make some flight tests of local airports using runways with increasingly strong crosswind components, until you arrive at the maximum crosswind component you can easily handle.
In the real world, TRK will typically be anywhere from two to 20 degrees different from heading, depending on the crosswind component.
For airplanes certificated since 1962, the Part 23 requirement is the maximum demonstrated crosswind component cannot be less than 20 percent of Vso--stall velocity, stuff out.
Within the limits of the airplane, and more importantly, yourself, perform a few landings on the runway at your home base with the greatest crosswind component. Maybe for you it's the preferred runway, and you just really focus on controlling crab and drift.
Based on the 1350 weather observation, the flight's crosswind component for Runway 11 ranged from 25 to 32 knots, with a tailwind component from four to five knots.