Crosswind Landings

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.

This video is a great teaching video and is honestly going to make you such a safer pilot I know it already. Watch it, leave me a comment under it, then lastly share it with your friends. – Jason

Text Transcript

Hey everyone. Jason Schappert of 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 or the URL is underneath the video here in, 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 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.

  • great video but pick up an attenuating cable for the audio.

  • Dallin

    Thanks for sharing! I liked this video a lot.


  • Jenny

    Great video, Jason. Thanks for taking the time to put so much together for GA pilots. Your content is always so helpful.

  • Rusty Greer

    That training video was well done Jason. Best I have seen yet. Your camera postion shows the perspective to see what is taking place. Landings I believe are perhaps the most challenging part of all in getting your private pilots license and cross wind landings are the real challenge. Hope to see you at Craig (KCRG) on 25 Sept for our Wings N Wheels Event…..your former student …Rusty

  • Beth

    Thanks for the video, Jason. I'm heading out to do some crosswind landings tonight.

  • mzeroa

    Awesome Beth! The video was perfect timing then it sounds like ūüôā


  • mzeroa

    Hey Rusty!

    You know i'll be out there! I miss my Jacksonville crew!

    Thanks so much for the comment


  • mzeroa

    Jenny Thank you!

    For your kind words and for being such a great pilot! Keep on learning and keep up the great work


  • mzeroa

    Hey Dallin!

    Glad you enjoyed the video!


  • mzeroa

    hahah hey Mike after shooting this video it was the first thing I ordered ūüôā

    They'll just keep getting better I promise


  • Albert

    Nice video, Thanks.
    I have been struggling with the transition from crab to crossed control, so I have opted to fly the full final with a wing low.

  • mzeroa

    Awesome Albert, The only thing you have to be careful of there is altitude lose. You're basically flying a small sideslip the entire way down.


  • Mark C

    Jason, your videos are getting better all the time, nice work.

  • Grant

    Jason. …for me this would be like sitting in the right seat and beginning CFI training. The hand, eye, foot coordination plays a big role in the process of knowing what you should be doing in a cross wind. Watching this many times, plus the practical hands on is the best we can do. Thanks for this Jason

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Mark!

    Glad you’re enjoying them!


  • Anonymous


    You’re right, nothing is better then watching it over and over then going flying and applying these concepts. You’d really be surprised with how much you really learned once you apply the teaching points in this video to the air.


  • Shane

    As a new instructor with my first student this video and the landing techniques video is going to help out big time tomorrow when I go fly with my student.

  • Anonymous

    Shane! Awesome man! Glad I could help let me know how it goes.


  • Anonymous

    Shane! Awesome man! Glad I could help let me know how it goes.


  • Dengpenggao

    it’s really good “thank you

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  • RP

    I tend to get the wing down much sooner and get her stabilized. I fly taildraggers so maybe that’s being overly cautious about alignment.¬†¬† That ground loop several years ago was a very fine lesson.

  • Larry M. Diamond

    Great stuff Sir. In Michigan the winds are NEVER right down the runway and that is the way I like it. I have my students on final use aileron for drift and rudder to keep the nose down the runway with no transition from crab to side slip. This gives the pilot a little bit of muscle and mind memory all the way to touchdown while making a few little corrections. I also first have them do a low pass over a long runway and hold above the runway to see how the aircraft and the controls work in a crosswind.

  • Rob

    Great video Jason, thanks for sharing this with the aviation community.  Crosswind landings are something I feel I need to get better at and watching this video is very helpful.   As a new pilot with only 61 hours under my belt, I can learn alot from videos like this.  Thanks.


  • Complimited

    The video is not showing the flight controls or control imput, maybe you should have someone fly along with you an flim it so we can get a better picture of what you are actually doing with the controls

  • Carlapaige

    Jason,¬†¬†thanks for all your online video’s esp. these crosswind ones. I use to hate crosswind practice, but now kinda enjoying the challange. Your video’s help simplify my focus.¬†
    Many thanks, Carla (X35) 

  • Another CFI

    Look at how well we mainained centerline right there…

    Not disagreeing with the technique, but drift is obvious before landing and you landed left of the centerline. Not impressed from a CFI who says they have the amount of dual given that you claim in a 7-8 knot crosswind.

  • Alex

    Thank you, Jason!
    But for me, as a student with no excellent English very important, that you speak fair and clear. And another option Рtext. In other side Рdifficult to understanding during the flight.
    For animation Рbetter to add view from the front Рto see evolution with right and left weels. 

  • David

    Jason, my instructor has taught me a technique where you put in the rudder and crab correction as soon as you get established on final.  Have you ever heard of anyone using this technique.  Is there any benefit to waiting until you are about to touch down before swinging the nose around to line up down the centerline?  Thanks.

  • Steveh

    Great videos!
    I have an idea for future crosswind videos. How about a yellow stripe (tape) on top of the glare shield to give a better visual to the crab angle, have the camera mounted directly behind the tape. Just a thought.

  • Flying

    Good video, thanks.  I am a newly minted pilot and yesterday had a crosswind landing.  I did the right things, luckily, but now understand more of why and how.  Thanks.

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