Crosswind Takeoffs and Landings

The crosswind takeoffs were good today. But, that’s more than I can say for the crosswind landings. They were rough.

Let’s see… At least twice, I ended up bouncing onto the left wheel in a right crosswind. At least once, I didn’t flare and bounced. I came in too low once. And, I was off the centerline on just about all of them.

So what went wrong… I didn’t have enough left rudder in to keep the nose on the centerline and on one occasion I had right rudder in on touchdown. I over used the ailerons and ended up swinging from side to side instead of tracking straight down the centerline. This may have been because I used both aileron and rudder to correct, except that it was the wrong rudder. I may be afraid of cross control situations too much. I didn’t level off early enough – even when focusing at the end of the runway, my level off was late. I also didn’t flare smoothly enough. During the level off and flare and touch down, I didn’t keep the wing into the wind – meaning I need to add more and more aileron as I slow.

So what now… Well, the only way to get it right besides flying more is to fly a lot more. But there’s more. I’m going to review the King Schools DVD lesson on crosswind landings and also watch the Sporty’s DVD on it (since I already have that). I’ll take some time to visualize the landings – now and before I go out next time.

If that doesn’t work and I’m still all over the place, I’ll try doing a long final. This will give me time to play with the aileron/rudder cross control and not make me nervous about doing it close to the ground.

And if all that doesn’t work, then I’ll be doing a lot more flying.

Plane: N272LP (C172)
From: CDW
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