Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Initial Climb - Crosswind Takeoff

If proper crosswind correction is being applied, as soon
as the airplane is airborne, it will be sideslipping into the
wind sufficiently to counteract the drifting effect of the
wind. Crosswind climb flightpath.
This sideslipping should be continued
until the airplane has a positive rate of climb. At that time,
the airplane should be turned into the wind to establish
just enough wind correction angle to counteract the wind
and then the wings rolled level. Firm and aggressive use
of the rudders will be required to keep the airplane headed
straight down the runway. The climb with a wind correction angle should be continued to follow a ground track
aligned with the runway direction. However, because the
force of a crosswind may vary markedly within a few
hundred feet of the ground, frequent checks of actual
ground track should be made, and the wind correction
adjusted as necessary. The remainder of the climb technique is the same used for normal takeoffs and climbs.

Common errors in the performance of crosswind takeoffs are:

  • Failure to adequately clear the area prior to taxiing onto the active runway.

  • Using less than full aileron pressure into the
    wind initially on the takeoff roll.

  • Mechanical use of aileron control rather than
    sensing the need for varying aileron control
    input through feel for the airplane.

  • Premature lift-off resulting in side-skipping.

  • Excessive aileron input in the latter stage of the
    takeoff roll resulting in a steep bank into the wind
    at lift-off.

  • Inadequate drift correction after lift-off.

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