Date: 24 May 99 01:52:06 From: email@example.com (PS2727) Organization: AOL http://www.aol.com References: 1 Followups: 1
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The truth is that there is a wide variation in pilot technique used in large airliners. Most do not apply a slip until close to the ground for passenger comfort, but then some do not apply any slip at all and land in the crab. I have seen pilots begin the slip as high as 300 feet but the passengers do notice something different. In all cases that I have witnessed it is much more preferable to touch down in a forward slip with the longitudinal axis aligned with the runway and a wing low than to land in the crab. The fact that these airlplanes handle it so well speaks well for the manufacturers; they make sturdy airplanes. Its a diffucult thing to do well and consistently but sometimes I wonder if a few hours in a Piper Cub would serve to refresh the technique better than a fancy simulator.