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Questions tagged [crosswind]

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

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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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Can a kite take advantage of crosswinds to gain speed? [closed]

In a form off a kite can wind be redirected like a sail boat in any direction? Can cross winds around a jet stream be helpful in speed in such a design?
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A321 Two unsuccessful strong crosswind landing attempts. What was actually going on?

As a passenger on A321 I have recently experienced the following: The plane took off in strong winds (25-30 knots) and then proceeded to the destination, which it reached in 45 minutes. At first ...
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How strong must wind gusts be to prevent landings and takeoffs?

I hope this is not as trivial as it sounds. Is there a wind gusts threshold based on which, at a given airport, incoming flights are diverted and outgoing ones are delayed? I assume that aircraft are ...
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How heading bug is calculated during cross wind and tail wind?

From this question, it is been suggested to ask different question, rather than keep discussing it under comment section. How is the heading bug calculated and used for navigation when there is a ...
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What is the use of heading bug?

When I started searching for Heading Bug (other bugs like altitude, speed bugs), I didn't get much clear idea about it. Usually this is displayed on Horizontal Situation Indicator display on the ...
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Why is flying in a slip uncomfortable?

It seems that flying a plane in a slip can make passengers uncomfortable. What is it about that configuration that is unsettling?
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On crosswind landings, is it preferable to side slip or crab on final approach?

I've seen several instructional videos on crosswind landing techniques. Some advise the pilot to crab the aircraft until just before touchdown when he/she should kick the rudder over to align the ...
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How to correct for crosswind in VOR holding pattern without wind information?

I've heard many articles about crosswind correction in VOR holding pattern. They mainly tell the outbound leg=correction times three things for slow speed aircraft. I notice all of them require wind ...
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Would a headwind result in a faster propeller rpm?

A few weeks ago I did an experiment with a model aircraft that has a motorized propeller. I turned on the propeller and it turned at a constant speed. Then I turned on a desk fan and put it in front ...
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What is the maximum wind speed a Boeing 737-800 can deal with during takeoff and landing?

I'd like to know how safe the Boeing 737-800 is during takeoff and landing when it's windy. What are the maximum wind speeds for cases of tail, head and cross winds? EDIT I've found this resource ...
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Are pilots generally trained for crosswind landings?

A YouTube footage of a KLM Boeing 777 landing at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands is certainly scary as the plane bumps and weaves and rolls from side to side. Are pilots generally trained to ...
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Flare: low, slow, and uncoordinated? [duplicate]

I'd like to rephrase the question: Often I forward-slip on final right right rudder. During this time, I use the ailerons to keep the aircraft headed down the center-line; the aircraft's bank varies ...
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What is the maximum crosswind component for large airliners?

For smaller aircraft like Cessnas, the demonstrated crosswind component is something like 12 knots but they can land up to 20 to 25 knots. For bigger jets, such as the Boeing 737 and 777, what is the ...
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What determines crosswind limits?

What is typically the limiting factor for how large a crosswind component a given plane can be safely landed in? My impression is that larger planes are less sensitive to crosswind than smaller ones -...
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How do cross-wind correction controls help while on the ground with wings level?

When taxiing, taking off and rolling out we are told to use cross-wind correction inputs. Assuming a headwind, you bank into the wind by raising the aileron on the windward side and lowering the other ...
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How do flying wings respond to crosswinds?

Is the vertical tail the primary reason for causing landings to be skewed in a crosswind? Please explain the effect of the fuselage, the tail, or other components. If the vertical stabilizer is the ...
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What is a general rule for crosswind correction, especially when landing?

I am wondering what is the rule of thumb with correction of the bat? Is it 2° for every 5kts? Now i know you can use a E6B. But im talking about landing ILS or visuals without bracketing the ...
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Is it legal to takeoff in a crosswind that exceeds the design limit of my aircraft?

Suppose the max crosswind rated for my C-182 is 15kts, but the wind is directly across and gusting to 20kts. Is it legal for me to go? I've heard plenty hangar flying stories of many an operation ...
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Is the main landing gear of a large airplane designed for sideways (crabbed) touchdowns?

Is it just my imagination, or is it a fact that many large airliners actually touch down "crabbed" on difficult crosswind landings? Here's what I mean in this video, or as shown in this picture: Is ...
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What is a demonstrated crosswind component?

What is a demonstrated crosswind component? Is it possible to land in a crosswind greater than the demonstrated crosswind component? Is it safe to?