November 10, 2004

More about crosswind takeoffs

Follow-up to Wellesbourne Airport from Christine's Flying blog

all I did was steer into the wind

if you have a significant crosswind (greater than 10 kts) cutting accross the runway I’m not sure how to steer into the wind enough to offset its effect

As you point out I think you need to compensate with the ailerons for the effect of lift – I will ask more questions at the next lesson – thanks for this prompt

Also have you tried landing with crosswind – apparently this is a bit more complicated as there more than one method
  1. the crabbed approach
  2. wing-down approach
  3. combination of above 2

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  1. Steve Rumsby

    if you have a significant crosswind (greater than 10 kts) cutting accross the runway I'm not sure how to steer into the wind enough to offset its effect

    I did find it surprising that a wind that you would consider barely a breeze if you were on foot suddenly turns into a major problem in a light aircraft. 10kts is not that strong, but it does a spectacular job of blowing you off the runway in no time at all.

    I have tried landing with a cross wind, but not since I turned off auto turn–coordination. Which means I guess I was using option 3. And those landings were as successful as all my landings are:–)

    I have once been a passenger in a smallish plane (Jetstream 32 – 19 seater turboprop) that landed in a major cross wind. We were definitely crabbing, but I didn't notice any major roll. I found the experience quite interesting, but others were holding on to their seats for dear life. I think they found it a bit scary! We did bounce, too, as I recall. If a commercial pilot finds it that difficult…

    You've given me a nice long list of things to try now that I've got my PC back up and running:

    • circuits at Coventry
    • circuits at Wellesbourne
    • take–offs and landings in a cross–wind

    All I need now is the time.

    10 Nov 2004, 14:08


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