- Adverse wind conditions (Strong crosswinds, tail winds and wind shear) are involved in 33% of approach and landing accidents.
- Crosswind in association with runway condition is a circumstantial factor in nearly 70% of runway excursion events.
- 85% of crosswind incidents and accidents occur at landing. (Flight Safety Foundation, Flight safety digest Volume 17 & 18, November 1998/ February 1999.)
Airbus Recommended Technique:
Crabbed approach--- Wings level, applying drift correction to track the runway centerline.
Flare Technique--- Apply rudder as required to align the aircraft with the runway heading. Tendency to roll should be counteracted by sidestick input.
In the event of strong crosswinds--- 15 kt to 20 kt crosswind component--- be sure to fly a crabbed approach, then a partial decrab prior to touchdown by using a combination of bank and crab angle while applying cross controls.
This means--- in very strong crosswinds you'll be touching down with a residual drift/crab angle. Maximum of 5 degrees of crab angle and a Maximum of 5 degrees of bank angle.
In high crosswinds, cross-controls may have to be maintained after touchdown to prevent the into-wind wing from lifting, and to counteract a weathercock effect. Remember to continue to fly the aircraft during the landing roll.
How do we flare the A330? We don't. Tomorrow... more on landing.
Enjoy the Journey!