Crosswinds Archive

Crosswind technique

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

My favorite crosswind landing technique is pretty mundane–I fly down final using the crab method and then transition into wing-low mode prior to touchdown, making sure to prevent side loads on the landing gear. The flight training handbook calls this the combination method.

If the runway is sufficiently wide, there’s another technique you can use, one that I used a lot on Roswell, New Mexico’s 13,000-foot, un-grooved Runway 21. I’d do a short approach with a long landing, into the wind at an angle to the runway centerline, rolling out on an adjoining taxiway. Often, the winds were so strong, the Husky would be stopped before reaching the runway crest. The tower controllers found this amusing, and would offer it before I had a chance to ask.