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Docking in a crosswind

For those of us who are nervous docking in a strong crosswind, it could be worse:

Harrowing flight landings filmed in United Kingdom and Germany during extraordinary storm (VIDEO) - The Washington Post
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Re: Docking in a crosswind

Of course, we have option of anchoring off, heaving-to, or otherwise delaying the docking.

Them, not so much.....


Related topic, for students I compare the main and jib to airplane wings, except our "lift" is forward, theirs is up. Which one is much, much safer to screw up?? You got it, welcome to sailing..
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Re: Docking in a crosswind

It is similar in that you crab at an angle until the last second and then turn the rudder hard to straighten her out.

And then go for reverse thrust!

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I'll bet their butt cheeks are clenched tighter than ours.

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Re: Docking in a crosswind

All pilots have learn how to do cross wind landings but...DAMN... Can you imagine trying that in a Cesna?
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Re: Docking in a crosswind

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All pilots have learn how to do cross wind landings but...DAMN... Can you imagine trying that in a Cesna?
I had to practice crosswind landings a lot when I learned in a Cessna 150 about 40 years ago (good grief has it been that long).

edit: messing up a crosswind docking doesn't have nearly the frightful consequences of messing up an airplane landing.

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Re: Docking in a crosswind

Actually I love those kind of days.

I fly a B757 across the Atlantic weekly and for the most part automation has taken the fun out of what we do. But every now and then you get a serious crosswind, a circle to land or a low visibility approach and you get to use the skills that have been decades in the making.

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Re: Docking in a crosswind

My third flight lesson was like this. Cessna 150, and I was supposed to try landing for the first time. But the breeze freshened up as it tends to do at Holloman AFB in the spring. The instructor -- a righteously crusty old guy who'd flown Mustangs over Europe in WWII -- decided he'd better handle the crosswind approach. I agreed (then and now).

Instructor was awesome. Actually smacked me for two-handing the yoke. "One hand for the stick, one for the throttle, otherwise you're a f**king cargo pilot."
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Re: Docking in a crosswind

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Of course, we have option of anchoring off, heaving-to, or otherwise delaying the docking.

Them, not so much.....


Related topic, for students I compare the main and jib to airplane wings, except our "lift" is forward, theirs is up. Which one is much, much safer to screw up?? You got it, welcome to sailing..
don't cesnas come with sky hooks anymore?


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Re: Docking in a crosswind

You will land... one way or another

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