Crosswind Landings…Need I say more? Did you know that in the past 5 years there have been over 740 reported mishaps related to crosswind landings? That’s over 150 per year! Who knows what goes unreported.
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Hey everyone. Jason Schappert of MzeroA.com. This clip I’m about to share with you is an exclusive clip that all my guys and gals on the Online Ground School can see in a regular basis. We’re talking about crosswind landings. It entails some inflight footage, some great keynote stuff and also some digital animated footage. I wanted to give you guys a great look inside the online ground school, the kind of content that’s in there. If you guys are curious and wanna learn more, go to m0a.com/online_ground_school or the URL is underneath the video here in MzeroA.com, or in the description section if you’re on Youtube watching this video.
So, without further adieu, let’s go ahead and learn a little bit more about how we can become a safer pilot by flying better crosswind landings.
Hey, everyone. Jason Schappert of MzeroA.com. I got you up on the dashboard today, showing you some crosswind landing techniques. Winds today… let’s check them very quick.
Right now, what I’m doing.. I’m coming in with my speed a little bit faster than normal and I’m probably gonna come in with no flaps, at most 10 degrees of flaps. You need more airspeed to have greater command over the situation. So our camera shakes, but it’ll look a little better as we get closer. Right now, I got a little bit of a crab angle to my right. That’s where my wind’s coming from. Now, I can’t land in a crab angle because that will side-road the airplane. Let’s make one more radio call, it might not give much information but can be a good habit in the end.
It’s going to get real significant once we get past those trees you can see over there. So I’m bringing it all in. Listen how I’m just working the power out there, I’m keeping the nose coming down. Can you see my airspeed indicator? I’m going about 80 right now, which is about 10 knots faster than normal approach speed. I’m anticipating that I’m going to float like crazy. I’m coming in no flap but again, I want better command of my aircraft. So I’m coming in, look at my nose, I’m going to use a little bit of right wing.. there you go. A little bit of left rudder, here it comes… put the right wheel down… put the left wheel down… there goes the left wheel.. I’m still holding the nose up. Put the nose down, and now I’m working in my right aileron. That would cause corrections. Look at how I maintain centerline right there. A little bit of crab and at the last moment, I implemented a bit of right aileron, a little bit of left rudder and let that upwind wheel — in this case, the right wheel — to touch down first.
So look at that in the digital format. It’s still the same thing. That right wheel, the pilot’s right wheel is going to touch down first using that right aileron. Okay. A little bit of left rudder to help hold us in the centerline. Watch. Right wheel touchdown. There goes the left wheel and we’re still holding that nose off.
SO what’s the secret to a great crosswind landing? Know where your wind is coming from. Use less flaps thus giving you more airspeed to have greater command over that aircraft and work on your transition, from that crab to that sideslip. Go from that crab angle to dipping that aileron in there, dropping that wing a little bit and using opposite rudder to hold the airplane down centerline.
I’m gonna get back to taxi in here. You guys, get out there, don’t shy away from crosswind landings. Get out there and practice them. They’re gonna make you a safer pilot. I could have landed with a direct wind today but I opted for a crosswind and why? Because I need to practice like you guys do and thankfully I was able to take you along with me so you can check it out.
Guys, most importantly, please remember: a good pilot is always learning.