CROSSWIND TAKE OFFS
Here is something you can try for crosswind take offs.
Go to your settings and turn off “Auto coordination”
Use minimum flaps.
Tilt your device forward to force your nose wheel down. If you find your plane starts moving off center, try adding more pressure. Too much pressure will collapse your nose wheel on some planes, so keep practicing to find the right balance.
Gradually move throttle to 91% N1, some planes may require 98%
Your plane should stay straight until you reach V1. However, have your thumb on the rudder in case you need to make slight adjustments to keep it on the center line.
10kts below V1, start taking pressure off the front nose and at the same time start moving the rudder slider in the same direction that the wind arrow is pointing to keep the nose of your plane pointing straight.
Once your wheels leave the ground your FPV will appear, continue to pull the rudder so that the nose of the aircraft (indicated by the - v- in your attitude indicator) remains lined up with your FPV (the little circle inside your HUD).
Note : depending on winds and aircraft, be prepared to pull the rudder all the way to one side. When I take off in the ERJ 190 with a 20kt crosswind, I have to slide the rudder almost all the way to the one side for a straight and level take off.
Now the tricky part. If you let go of the rudder to bring your gears up, your plane will quickly roll to one side, not something you want to happen. What you need to do now is; hold your rudder where it is and tap on the gear up button and HDG buttons.
Once your gears are up, slowly return your rudder to centre. If you let it go or move to fast, one of your wings will dip to one side again.
All this time you need to also maintain the correct attitude (pitch) and speed.
Now you can continue with the rest of your climb.
Yes, there is a lot going on, which is why in my opinion, take offs are more difficult than landings, and crosswind take offs are exponentially more difficult than crosswind landings.
Give it a try and let me know how you are doing. Don’t expect immediate results, as it takes a lot of practice. I have about 1400 takes-offs in Live alone, and it’s still tricky, especially with the smaller jets. I don’t fly anything larger then the 737.
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