When landing, in order to remain on the desired approach path, the aircraft must slip back
into the wind at the same rate that the wind is trying to move it away from the landing line.
The wing-low attitude must be maintained as long as the crosswind is apparent. If the
effect of the crosswind is reduced, this crosswind correction must also be reduced or the
aircraft will begin slipping too much into the wind and away from its flight path. The
crosswind landing approach is not a set angle of bank and rudder pressure. Several factors
will change as the aircraft makes its final descent towards the runway, such as airspeed,
turbulence (associated with thermal heating or from nearby buildings), power and wind
velocity and magnitude. The wind will most likely change as the aircraft crosses the tree
line and then again near the surface of the runway. With all these factors changing rapidly,
the pilot must constantly react to the conditions and maintain runway centerline with the
longitudinal axis of the aircraft aligned with the runway.
On the straightaway and throughout the landing, keep the longitudinal axis aligned with the
landing line regardless of the amount of crosswind correction being used. Sit straight in the
cockpit. Do not lean away from or towards the low wing. Remember, the fundamental
concept behind the wing-low drift correction method is to counteract the drift and keep the
longitudinal axis aligned with the landing line.
Maintain crosswind correction through the landing transition.
Increase aileron pressure as necessary to land the aircraft with zero side motion.
Landing will be made on the upwind mount first.
Maintain crosswind corrections to minimize weather vaning and lower the nose
gently to the runway.
Full-stop landing may require increased corrections as the airplane decelerates.
For touch-and-go landings:
Hold in crosswind controls throughout ground roll.
Firmly rotate the aircraft to the takeoff attitude.
Landing with any side motion.
Landing in a crab.
Not holding in corrections while on the runway.
Not crabbing upwind, causing a drift from runway centerline.
Description. The waveoff is a set of standard procedures used to effect the safe
discontinuation of an approach.
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