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A crosswind is wind blowing across the direction of travel of an aircraft (as opposed to a headwind or tailwind).

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Flying using less fuel in one tank

Can flying using fuel from one and not the other tank save fuel from constant cross winds over long flights or make it easier to land? Is there anytime where having the ability to shift the weight of ...
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Landing with Gusts

When landing in gusty conditions, many people use half flaps to come in at a higher speed. If you were to use full flaps and a normal approach speed, could a strong gust cause the plane to pitch up ...
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What determines the active runway and is crosswind or headwind with crosswind better?

Today I read the METAR for Mumbai airport (VABB) and it goes like this VABB 180730Z 23007KT 3000 HZ NSC 28/14 Q1013 NOSIG Here the wind is 07 knots from 230, so if ...
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What is the effect of wind on altimeter reading?

I am wondering is there any effect from wind on the altimeter reading? I think when the wind is blowing, the static pressure around the aircraft in flight will somehow change and this can impact the ...
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Are crosswind corrections during taildragger taxiing the same as with tricycle gear?

When doing crosswind corrections during taxiing with a tail dragger, is it the same with the tricycle gear or not? Confused with the elevator part.
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Taxiing with a crosswind

Let us say we have a right quartering headwind, we should “fly into the wind” so yoke to the right then that our right aileron will deflect up and left aileron down. How does this avoid the chances of ...
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What are the wind speed limits for skydiving?

Obviously, there is the crosswind and steady wind speed limit of the aircraft you are jumping from, but that aside, what are the wind speed (including gusts) limits for the average tandem skydive?
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what does upwind engine and down wind engine mean?

can anyone illustrate with a picture what does upwind engine and downwind engine mean? for example, i came across this - “The outer engines are critical. If there is any crosswind then the upwind ...
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What wind speed should I adhere to (gusts or not)?

I live in the UK, and as such frequently have flight plans cancelled in Microlights (Ikarus C42). Anyway, one of the reasons is it has a low crosswind limit (15 kts). When I look at the weather, I ...
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Botching crosswind landings

I'm having a terrible time nailing my crosswind landings. I'm a student pilot and have about 30 hours in a Cherokee 180 and working on my solo CC's. I start out doing a side slip method on short final ...
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Which runway should I have used, and how can I properly choose it in later flights?

Today I wanted to fly and could take off from the runway of my choosing. I have wind from 040 at 13KT and the one runway is 09/27. Which runway should I use? I would use runway 09 because an aeroplane ...
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Why is the "wind triangle" an instructional method for solving Wind Correction Angle problems?

When solving a wind correction problem, what are the benefits of graphing wind speed/direction, true course, and true airspeed? Any digital calculator would be quicker; even the E6B would be faster (...
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How do airplanes measure cross-wind?

Are aircraft equipped with any instruments that measure actual crosswind velocity during a flight? What is that instrument called and is it used by autopilots to apply wind correction?
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What does a pilot do when there is crosswind?

In an aircraft, headwind slows it down, and tailwind speeds it up. But it does not steer the flight off course. But when there is extreme crosswind, how does the pilot handle the situation? And what ...
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What is the explanation for the appearance of airplanes hovering? [duplicate]

A few weeks ago, I saw a plane that appeared to be hovering in the air. It was a large commercial airliner. It was not a windy day, land speeds of 24km/h max that day, about 5km/h at the time I saw it ...
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Does a wing produce an appreciable amount of lift during the takeoff roll prior to rotation?

I was hoping for some insight on this, perhaps also from pilots who have used AOA indicators. This because I assume that an AOA indicator is the only means to get at least an idea of how much lift is ...
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What effect does a direct crosswind have on takeoff performance?

Is the take-off distance increased by a direct crosswind?
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Is drift and sideslip angle the same in the accompanied figure?

Consider the following figure: Initially aircraft is moving along dotted line. But due to wind, aircraft ground track is changed to solid line but body still pointing parallel to dotted line. I've ...
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Is there a crosswind that would perfectly cancel out the "torque" of a C172 on takeoff?

We all know that on takeoff you need right rudder in order to balance out the "torque" of the propwash hitting the tail. Is there an exact crosswind that would cancel out this torque?
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Is it normal to use only one hand on the yoke while landing?

In this video taken from this question, the video shows the pilot using one hand on the yoke and one hand on something else (perhaps the throttle? I'm not a pilot). Is it normal to do landings with ...
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Are crosswind landings easier with larger airplanes?

I don't spot an answer to this question, so thought to re-post it here. Larger airplanes are heavier and would ostensibly be pushed less by the wind compared to a small airplane? Do larger airplanes ...
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What design characteristics influence helicopter wind gust spread tolerance during takeoff and landing

Not considering pilot reaction time, what factors influence a helicopter's ability to survive high wind gust spreads (from any direction) during takeoff and landing? I have considered: Swash plate ...
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Why should one not slip a Cessna 172 with flaps extended?

The POH strongly recommends not slipping the AC with full flaps...why? It seems natural in a crosswind approach to allow the horizontal lift component to cancel the airmass movement across the ...
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Why would larger aircraft have higher crosswind takeoff and landing limits than smaller aircraft?

In a response to an earlier question about the paucity of runways at major British airports, a major theme was that the advent of larger, heavier aircraft with higher maximum-crosswind limits for ...
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Are bigger and / or heavier aircraft more resistant to crosswind compared to smaller / lighter aircraft?

When watching heavy crosswind video compilations, I noticed heavy aircraft like the A380 an B747 have a more stable approach compared to the B737 or A320 where the plane banks left and right on ...
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Problem with right crosswind landing but not left

The prevailing winds where I'm training are almost always straight down the runway or from the left. I have no problem landing on (and staying on) centerline in either case. However, when the ...
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What does 'laterally aligned' mean in this description?

In the Airplane Flying Handbook there is a section on crosswind takeoffs that mostly makes sense. However, this paragraph confuses me. Takeoff Roll As the forward speed of the airplane ...
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What is the recommended procedure to land a taildragger in a crosswind?

Almost 20 years ago I helped a friend (who recently passed away from an unfortunate home accident) ferry a 1948 Stinson from Córdoba, Argentina, to Buenos Aires. We had to make several stops to refuel ...
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What is the maximum angle between an airplane and runway centerline when touching down at a crab angle in a crosswind landing?

What is the maximum angle between the airplane's heading to the runway when an airplane is being landing sideway due to crosswind?
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Could a 30 knot direct crosswind make a Learjet roll over 90 degrees?

Could a 30 knot direct crosswind really make a Learjet roll over 90 degrees? A recent incident has prompted this question, but it's not explicitly about that incident (with its ongoing investigation)...
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How much can I exceed crosswind limits by? [duplicate]

I'm learning in a Tomahawk. They have a maximum demonstrated crosswind component of 15 knots. My school has a limit of 12 kt, but will only allow students to fly in 50% of that, so 6 kt. Since it's ...
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Is drag higher when flying in a crosswind?

Is this true that during a flight with a crosswind the drag increases due to the fact that the relative wind blows at a certain angle to the aircraft's nose but not precisely in the opposite direction ...
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Does the headwind component change noticeably when transitioning from a crab to a slip on short final?

I don't know if I'm overthinking this, but it has been causing a bit of confusion in my head. Knowing that the headwind component affects the angle of climb/descent, I was wondering how it affects ...
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Is it normal to choose a left or right pattern based on the wind direction? [duplicate]

I fly at Las Cruces International (KLRU) which is in an area with high winds (20 knots or more). My flight instructor wants me to fly the traffic pattern according to the crosswind direction on ...
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Why changes the lift during turning with sidewinds? Why is there relative wind in the wind-frame?

I started doing some simulations with XPlane and could observe a very interesting effect when doing turns in the presence of constant wind: All simulations are done with the XPlane Cessna 172 (?) ...
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In which direction will an aircraft drift after taking off in a crosswind?

Assuming the pilot applies the appropriate crosswind flight controls (see below) during takeoff and rotation, and releases those flight controls after the aircraft leaves the ground, in what direction ...
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How can using split throttles help when landing twins in crosswinds?

In General Aviation light twins, when landing in heavy crosswinds, what are some considerations to using asymmetric (or Split) throttles to induce a sideslip, to align the fuselage with the ground ...
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Where is the weather data for the Garmin G1000 retrieved from?

In a few videos I saw the possibility of looking for example at wind data. Now my question would be where does the G1000 gets the data from?
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Does wing sweep affect the direction of lift?

Given both a straight and swept wing (identical otherwise), exposed to the same airflow, would the direction of lift be the same? Please see below a crudely drawn example of my thinking. Additionally,...
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What is the physics of crosswind landings for large airplanes?

This always confuses me from a physics perspective. Upon touchdown, what is the effect of the wind on a large airplane/airliner (Boeing 737 and above)? Below are three cases I put together to make it ...
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How dangerous was this approach of a Dash8 Q400 really?

There is a video going viral here of a Dash8 landing during a recent media hyped storm: According to the description and imagery it is a Dash8 Q400 (registration D-...
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I need to know how to calculate drift with a Jeppessen CR-3. Can someone help?

In my exams we are not allowed to use E-6B, just a CR-3 jeppessen flight computer and I'm having serious issues calculating W/V from other parameters like TAS/GS and HDG/TRACK. Example: Q : Given: ...
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In what conditions do airline pilots favor crabbing over de-crabbing for crosswind landings? [duplicate]

There are several crosswind landing techniques described on Wikipedia, including crabbing (straightening out after touchdown) and de-crabbing (straightening out just before touchdown). For airline ...
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What is the maximum crosswind limit for a C150/2 aircraft?

What is the maximum crosswind limit for a C150 or C152 aircraft? Does this change depending on the class of licence? Are there exceptions for emergencies?
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Can autothrust keep the plane aligned with the runway during crabbing?

I'm not talking about the entire auto pilot system, but only the thrust. Because I think, when experiencing crosswind during landing, the speed of wind may fluctuate and on 3 digit approach altitudes ...
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Are crosswind landings performed using autoland or under manual control?

I believe many people here have seen at least one of Cargospotter's videos of crosswind landings at Düsseldorf (DUS/EDDL). There are several of them. I picked this one: I think the pilots land their ...
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What are the best tips for circuit practice with strong crosswind?

I am a student pilot with around 30 hours of flying right now. I am yet to solo and I am currently in the final stages of closed circuit practice. Overall, my pattern work is good. However, ...
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Do crosswind takeoffs increase the chance of a compressor stall?

I watched this video on YouTube: The video shows some pretty impressive take-offs in serious crosswind. Honestly, they looked even scarier than crosswind landings. ...
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Is there any load and balance and attitude that can put positive G on one wing and negative on the other?

I got caught in gusty cross wind on the final approach to Catalina airport last week and decided to add power and push for quick turn to come back over laterally sliding runway in a Cessna 172N. ...
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Why does the airplane not 'feel' the crosswind?

Apologies for multiple pictures but I thought they would depict my question more clearly than a lengthy description. Image 1: Why does the aircraft still follow the straight path even if the wind is ...
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