Questions tagged [crosswind]

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

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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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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?
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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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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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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 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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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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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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What effect does a direct crosswind have on takeoff performance?

Is the take-off distance increased by a direct crosswind?
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...