Crosswind Circuits – Lesson 14
Coventry circuits again today – should have been straightforward with nice clear skies. However there was a strong crosswind ~ 12 kts coming from the right of the runway. So today I had my first go at a crosswind circuits.
Crosswind Take Off – wind direction right of runway
- Aircraft is lined up as normal then ailerons moved in the direction of the wind -> control wind moved to the right
- During take off aircraft wants to move into the wind (called weathercocking) so apply a bit of left rudder to maintain runway centre line
- As speed increases during take off run should start to centralize control wheel until at point of take off wings are level.
Crosswind Circuit – wind direction from right of runway
- After take off need to point nose to right to avoid drift
- On crosswind leg wind is behind you – so this leg is v quick
- On downwind leg need to point into wind (left)
- Base leg wind is against you should have more time on this leg
On the above legs my positioning was pretty good – did account for wind direction
Final Approach and landing
I found this very difficult and even after the third circuit hadn’t got the approach right.
- On final leg the aircraft nose should be pointing into the wind – i.e. right
- Only when you are about to land should the aircraft be straightened (need to check this with instructor)
- The crosswind was at 12kts was a the limit for crosswind circuits – for my level of expertise – a bit too much
- How to calculate limit – look this up – angle between runway and wind direction in this case (270 – 230 = 40 deg) Then calculate the crosswind component - (Need to look this up)
- must read chapters 12 and 13 again
- next time need to talk through actions to ensure that no steps are being missed out
- watch altitude on circuit – must keep at 1000ft (+/- 50 ft)
- must try and relax – mark and wes (chief instructor) both think that it tension that making me nauseus