3 thoughts on “Battling Crosswinds

  1. Generally written for the modern nose wheel flyer. Not nearly enough emphasis on the proper use of ailerons. Holding upwind aileron does not generate asymmetric drag in most aircraft with differential ailerons. Should have more emphasis on proper placement of controls during taxiing. Master X-winds in a taildragger and you’ll have all the skills you need for any other aircraft type.

  2. “On a crosswind landing, as seen here with this Cessna Skyhawk”?. I don’t see anything in this photo that would indicate a cross-wind landing. There’s no bank, no aileron deflection, no rudder deflection, and full flaps (C172 POH recommends minimum flap setting for a strong crosswind).

    “it’s important to plant that upwind tire, keep the plane heading straight down the runway and then get the nose down without delay to maximize surface contact.” The word ‘plant’ implies a hard landing. That is not necessary and could very well be harmful with all of the weight coming down on one main. Referring to the upwind main and then the nose can confuse understanding of the normal sequence, which is upwind main, downwind main, then nose. And it should be emphasized that while you don’t want to lose any time is getting the nose down after the mains are down, it is critical to avoid hard contact.

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