Learning Experiences

August 2006 Issue

Learning Experiences: 08/06

Running Out Of Rudder

When I was a Flight Instructor, one of the pieces of trivia we dispensed to students was that “Maximum Demonstrated Crosswind” isn’t necessarily the absolute maximum crosswind you can land in. It merely represents the crosswind the test pilot landed in safely during certification of the aircraft. (Hence the word “demonstrated.”) It’s not necessarily an upper limit. But there’s an important detail I recently learned.

[IMGCAP(1)]In my baby pilot days, I was terrified of crosswind landings because no one had taught me how to use rudder properly. (It’s impractical, but everyone should learn to land in taildraggers first.) But one day it clicked. Now as an old p...

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