Date: 08 Sep 97 02:03:54 From: "Andre Neves" <email@example.com> 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.