Crosswind Landings-Am I doing it right?

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Crosswind Landings-Am I doing it right?

Post by Barr » Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:29 pm

How do you guys land in crosswinds in ysflight?

Ive checked some videos and it seems that airline pilots come in only with the rudder and during the flare they straighten out with the ailerons, or the "crab" procedure

Flying with a local airline Ive notice one guy who banks the plane instead of coming in straight and yawed.

Is it just a matter of preference and being able to comfortably and safely land the plane or is there a strict FAA or Boeing/Airbus/etc. rulebook with specific instructions?

Also do you guys mind checking out this landing i managed to accomplish, my best yet. Any judgement, thoughts, opinions accepted!
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Post by VNAF ONE » Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:39 pm

If you try it a couple times on your own, you'll start to get the feel of it (in YS at least).

It's actually a lot different in real life but the idea you're seeing is called "crabbing" into the wind. You can use rudder, but YS rudder is quite ineffective and you don't want to have to hold it in the whole time. Simply turn a few degrees into the wind, depending on its speed so you don't drift in an unwanted direction. The banking you might have seen is also a way to do it, but it's a very temporary way to handle it and usually applies if you're getting gusts or a strong crosswind.

It's okay to crab all the way down to the runway and touchdown. The wind will continue to push you until you slow down. It'll be up to you to maintain centerline until then. When you touch down, do it with the windward gear first (left gear for left crosswind, etc.) to prevent being thrown off the runway.

That's all I can think of for now. This is a combination of real life experience with YS since YS is very weird and doesn't do some things right. It's also simpler since you only have to worry about one wind speed from one direction, whereas real life, it can change a bit as you decent and you can also experience gusting and wind shear.
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Crosswind Landings-Am I doing it right?

Post by Flake » Sat Jul 11, 2015 4:30 am

I wish I went as far in my aviation training to do crosswind landings. Wind wheel first makes sense.
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