Monday, March 9, 2009

Crosswind landings

Every now and again we see these videos of individual jetliner crosswind landings, but this is the first time I've seen 10 of them put together.



I hate crosswind landings, so I'm in no position to criticism. I would rather do a side slip and then kick the rudder to straighten the nose at the last minute, but I understand the preferred method for small airplanes is the wing low, opposite rudder approach. To me, this has always felt like rubbing your belly and patting your head. But I do it because, well, that's what you're supposed to do, I guess.

Are these videos an indication of how airline pilots approach crosswind landings? Or do they use the wing-low,opposite-rudder method and just don't get themselves in a position where their landings because YouTube material?

1 comment:

  1. This one's one of my favorite similar videos - in fact, I recognize several overlaps. I think this music works better though.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RdxU-0W-RE

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