Date: 29 Apr 99 22:10:24 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (AV8RMike) Organization: AOL http://www.aol.com References: 1 Followups: 1
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> >There are two methods of making a crosswind landing. One is to crab >into the wind and track the runway centerline. Right before touchdown >the crab is cancelled to remove sideloads on the MLG. The second method >is to do a forward slip so that the slip rate cancels the crosswind >component. (This is also called the "wing low" method). One would have to lower the upwind wing when the "crab is cancelled", otherwise the plane would drift off centerline. It's really the same technique, just a matter of when the slip is established. Landing in a crab is poor techinque, and is only done when sideslip is not sufficient. One can only lower the wing so far before a wing or engine pod gets scraped. At that point if drift is not arrested, crabbing is all you have left.