Swerving or skipping on takeoff roll due to improper or lack of crosswind correction.
Applying insufficient right rudder on liftoff and attempting to correct with right wing
Failure to trim left rudder, nose down after gear are retracted and airspeed increases.
Failure to ensure three "UP" indications and light out in the gear handle.
General. The technique used during the initial takeoff roll in a crosswind is the same as
that used in a normal takeoff, except that aileron control must be held INTO the wind. This
raises the aileron on the upwind wing to counteract the lifting force of the crosswind and
prevents that wing from rising.
As the airplane is taxied into takeoff position, mentally note the winds as called by tower (also
check the windsock and other indicators) so that the presence of a crosswind may be recognized
and anticipated. Aileron should be held into the wind as the takeoff roll is started. As the
airspeed increases and the ailerons become more effective, adjust the aileron inputs to maintain
the wings level.
While keeping the wings level with aileron, directional control will be maintained with rudder.
Normally, a crosswind takeoff will require downwind rudder pressure, since the aircraft will tend
to weathervane into the wind. Torque or P-factor, which yaws the aircraft to the left, may be
sufficient to counteract the weather-vaning tendency caused by a crosswind from the right. On
the other hand, it may also aggravate the tendency to swerve left when the crosswind is from the
Firmly rotate the aircraft off the runway when flying speed is reached to avoid sides-slipping and
damage to the tires. Once the aircraft has become airborne, initial drift correction is made by
turning into the wind with a shallow bank, then rolling wings level to maintain runway
General. See local Standard Operating Procedures or Course Rules.
Procedures. See local Standard Operating Procedures or Course Rules.
6-8 FLIGHT PROCEDURES