Al Marsh

Crab and (not) slip — In a 787

November 5, 2010 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner conducts crosswind landing tests in unfriendly winds (it goes OK, by the way). Notice the degree of crab used to maintain the centerline, and that the pilot never touches down on the upwind gear first. If he did, he would bash the engine into the runway. So it becomes, instead of the familiar crab-and-slip method, the crab and (not) slip method. Did I find this YouTube video all by myself? Nope. It was in the FlightAware newsletter.

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2 Responses to “Crab and (not) slip — In a 787”

  1. Mike M Says:

    Ok, I feel dumb. What is a non-slip? I get that the big boys can’t really slip because it drops a wing, is the non-slip some kind of alternative to that?

    I was under the impression that they just transitioned from a crab to landing at the last second to avoid the side load. Is non-slip the name for that?

  2. Al Marsh Says:

    Nonslip is my way of saying the airliner guys don’t do a crab and slip. There are as you know basically two ways of crosswind control, the crab and slip and sideslip. Maybe I need to clarify the headline a little. Thanks for pointing that out.

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