HOW WE STARTED
Crosswinds S.T.O.L. Inc. is an Alaskan company founded in 1959 when Cal Center started Crosswinds Outfitters Flying Service at Tolsona Lake near Glennallen, Alaska.
Like many early pioneers of short, rugged landing sites at elevation Cal Center was forced to begin repairing and modifying broken airplanes. Cal incorporated his experience with what other pilots were asking for, better performance, reliability, durability and utility. The local pilots liked the modifications and began using them on their own aircraft. Hands on experience showed what was working and what was failing and what needed improvement. Cal Center received a Governor’s commendation for his role in Alaska Aviation.
Charly Center has continued the business where his father left off. Charly Center moved the business to Wasilla, Alaska in the 1970’s to be close to his mother. Charly renamed the business after Crosswinds Lake in Glennallen where he was raised.
S.T.O.L. comes from the part of aviation Cal Center had contributed the most to, improving flight characteristics of light aircraft. Crosswinds S.T.O.L. Inc. is the culmination of two generations and over 50 years of meticulous craftsmanship and innovation and years of experience testing light aircraft in Alaska’s rugged Bush environment.
Through real world research and development science and engineering, Crosswinds S.T.O.L. Inc. leads the industry in light aircraft modification.
CLINTON C. CENTER
Cal served in the Navy as a radio operator, and in the Army as a medic. He was stationed in Munich, Germany, when he met and married Eva Maiwald in 1954.
His hobbies and special interests were art, being an animal lover, a mechanical tinkerer, and a lightweight boxer in the military.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Oran, Roy, Bill, and Kenny; and sisters, Jackie and Marylynn.