Ian Twombly

Out of control

April 18, 2008 by Ian J. Twombly, Associate Editor

There have been very few times I’ve felt out of control in an airplane, either flying myself or while instructing. But the two major ones that come to mind were both a result of crosswinds.

The first was as an instrument student. I was flying a Cessna 172 in Gainesville, Florida, and my instructor had me commence the approach with a touch and go. We touched down but the tires started screeching as the airplane was pushed hard to the right. I moved feet and hands, but nothing happened.

My instructor was noticeably upset, as he should have been. Instrument students should know how to land in a crosswind. Looking back, I realized that I had applied no correction whatsoever. We went around to try another and he explained it in very simple terms–bank for the centerline and use rudder to keep the nose straight. I’ve been driving that into my student’s heads ever since.

The other time was with a student. He landed in a relatively low crosswind, maybe 10 knots or so. But there was some side loading and all of the sudden we’re on one wheel heading straight for a runway light. Good times…


One Response to “Out of control”

  1. havacılık Says:

    when you are in first 200 flight hours, the crosswind landing sounds like a technical landing. But after a while, you land with reflexes in crosswind. But it is hard to land in crosswind when you are a student pilot. Actually first 15 hours everything is hard to do :)

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