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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

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Ancient_Mariner

Ya might want maintenance to check that gear...

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That's why you hire engineers to design shit.

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I am sure some underwear was soiled

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WoW. That's a mite of punishment. It held, though.

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Yep, that landing calls for a gear check....

 

The pilot calls the stew and asks "Which side of the wing is the gear on? Top or bottom?

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any landing you walk away from is a good one...

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TBH I think that was not a particularly hard landing. The sink rate was quite low, it is just that the crab hadn't all been taken out with rudder at the moment of touchdown.

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i dunno, the unstraight or poorly correct-for-drift landings ive had tell me that there was probably a lot of gut wrenching going on... But i've never landed anything bigger than a mooney.

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I have no idea if it can be done with a plane that size (biggest I've flown was a Navajo), but using a forward slip helped me a lot with x-wind landings. I practiced until I could kick it out straight down the center-line at less than 5' above the tarmack. The beauty of the forward slip is that one can be on a x-wind final for a long time heading straight at the center-line. Leveling the wings & letting the rudder pedal go at the right moment is the key.

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After landings like that (and slightly less so), I always half expect them to play "Anchors Aweigh" (the US Navy anthem) on the PA. :P

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Easy as pie on a B-52. Crank in a bit of crosswind crab on the bicycle trucks, point the ship into the wind and let the gear track the runway centerline. Damn those engineers were clever in the 40s and 50s.

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I have no idea if it can be done with a plane that size (biggest I've flown was a Navajo), but using a forward slip helped me a lot with x-wind landings. I practiced until I could kick it out straight down the center-line at less than 5' above the tarmack. The beauty of the forward slip is that one can be on a x-wind final for a long time heading straight at the center-line. Leveling the wings & letting the rudder pedal go at the right moment is the key.

 

The advantage of crab over slip is you can keep the wings level. There is so much going on in the flare that adding "levelling the wings" to the equation just makes it harder. Crab can also help you track higher cross-wind components than slip can. After a few crabbed landings they seemed more natural to me than slip.

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I have no idea if it can be done with a plane that size (biggest I've flown was a Navajo), but using a forward slip helped me a lot with x-wind landings. I practiced until I could kick it out straight down the center-line at less than 5' above the tarmack. The beauty of the forward slip is that one can be on a x-wind final for a long time heading straight at the center-line. Leveling the wings & letting the rudder pedal go at the right moment is the key.

 

The advantage of crab over slip is you can keep the wings level. There is so much going on in the flare that adding "levelling the wings" to the equation just makes it harder. Crab can also help you track higher cross-wind components than slip can. After a few crabbed landings they seemed more natural to me than slip.

 

I think there is a place for both in flying. I personally found it easier (and easier on the gear) to slip. I like to have the plane aiming down the centerline, and all I have to do is level the wings (and release the rudder pressure) B4 TD. Different strokes....

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