Sunday night I took the red-eye to JFK, but not before TSA put another passport in my hat, with mine, and I picked everything up and stuffed in my pocket then rushed to the plane.
When I landed at JFK, I realized I had two passports. The gate agent was great... We searched the computer for every flight with our company that departed after 9 p.m., just to see if she was on any. No luck. No luck with TSA in NY, either, or with the passport office. I am still trying to get it back to her.
Since fall weather is blowing in...
Back by popular demand...
I've had so many people ask me about landing the airbus with a crosswind, I thought this post should be revisited. Statistics speak volumes, as does the Airbus' recommended technique.
- 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.)
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.
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.
One thing you need to remember is when you take out the crab prior to touchdown, you do not want to hold the aileron into the wind as you would on a non-Airbus plane. If you need any aileron, just "tap" it in the direction needed and then return the sidestick to neutral. Use what you need, but don't hold it in or you'll get far more than necessary.
How do we flare the A330? We really don't. This Thursday ... more on landing. Any tips, we'd love to hear them.
Enjoy the Journey!