Hi guys, about crosswind landing, I ve been watching marks tutorial so many times trying to practise crosswind landing, but even with same wind setting as the video( zero wind gust ), I couldn’t even control the aircraft stably , not to mention aiming with the FPV . It’s like going up and down randomly without tilting the device. Can anyone please give me an idea of how to practise crosswind landing correctly ? Thanks.
Firstly, just by watching a video, you will not really master the art of a crosswind landing. Mastering that takes experience, and skill. Secondly, what are the wind settings in Mark’s video? If the wind is more than 10kts, and gusting, there will be a lot of shaking that you can do nothing about. If the wind is blowing that hard, I would just let the aircraft shake, and only concentrate on that -700 f/s descent rate. Forget about passenger comfort ;)
So to start from practising , should I set my wind speed a little bit lower than 10 knots ? And also do I need to use the rudder during the approach ?
As a beginner I would definitely recommend trying the crosswind landing with less than 10kt winds. I would suggest 5kt, and if you master that move up to 7, and maybe some gusts aswell. Usually you don’t need the rudder until you are about to flare the aircraft. And you should only use a little rudder input, as it can make your aircraft turn to the left/right when you touch down (If you aren’t careful).
Put rudder in at around 30 feet, 50 in a heavy.
Make sure while at that, you should keep watch on your speed as well. Sometimes people spend too much time thinking of how to fly, they forget their speed.
Since you said gust was off, i was thinking you might have been close to stalling as well.
Around 130-140 knots is good for most airliners.
Thanks for all the advice, btw besides marks video, anyone got a good reference video of how to crab and de crabbing ? Thanks.
Firstly, I would recommend this tutorial as it is from FDS themselves. https://youtu.be/nPAOOefclBk
Have speed of around 130-140 knots as @Giacomo_Lawrance said, though this varies depending on aircraft and the weight you have set.
For light aircraft, aim at the middle-marker while approaching. Touchdown with the main gear (the ones under the belly) first but keep the nose gear still up. Apply brakes and spoilers to kill lift, then apply rudder pressure to the left or right every so slightly to correct the crab angle until you are entirely centrelined on the runway. Now initiate reverse thrusters. (This is entirely from the above posted tutorial)
For heavy’s, the exact same procedure, but you apply the corrective rudder pressure a few seconds before touch down. You have to practice a lot to get this right for heavy’s as to when you should exactly apply the rudder pressure, too early and you’ll over correct and won’t align properly with the centreline, too late and you might skid off the runway.
This is from my personal experience and practice as I had to attend a Crosswind landing competition on IF before.
Thanks, so according to the video , we don’t have to align with the runway first just make sure the FPV is on the runway ? And during the whole approach , no need to use the rudder ? Is that correct ?
You have to keep your velocity vector (the little circle thing on the HUD telling you where you are expected to go) aligned with the centreline of the runway throughout your approach. And no, you don’t need to use the rudder except on or before touchdown. If you become misaligned, you can bank slightly to the left or right to correct yourself.
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Can explain a bit more ? Thanks
So for applying opposite rudder to align with the centerline before touchdown , this procedure has to be done before flare or during flare ?
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