crosswind landings

Date:         08 Sep 97 02:03:54 
From:         "Andre Neves" <andre.neves@individual.eunet.pt>
Organization: EUnet Portugal
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I've been a flightsimmer for quite a while now and I find that the most
challenging task for a pilot is by far landing with strong and gusty
crosswinds.  I find it quite demanding to push the drift off so that the
aircraft lands perfectly aligned with the runway, I find a 2 or 3 degree
error common when winds are severe having to correct the remaining
sometimes already on the ground.

I would like to know from a real jet pilot out there if possible about
this drift thing, like:

How many degrees of drift can an aircraft sustain when landing before any
severe jerking occurs or danger of drifting off runway happens, for heavy
commercial aircraft like any boeing...

I've read that no rudder is imperative at crosswinds up to 10 knots for
a 747, although that can mean 2-3 degrees of drift; isn't it to much?

Is it correct to make such corrections after all the wheels are on the
ground ? Isn't it disconfortable or even dangerous?

Doesn't the aircraft react immediatly to a, say,  2 degree drift and start
going sideways? Can it be steered quickly back to the center?

Any inputs are wellcome

				thanks,   	A.N.