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Wed Aug 12, 2015, 09:24 PM

Airbus Makes Beautiful Crosswind Landing At The End Of The World

http://flightclub.jalopnik.com/airbus-makes-beautiful-crosswind-landing-at-the-end-of-1722901257

The approach to Ushuaia International Airport in Argentina, near the southern tip of South America, is known for being windy. Last week, an Airbus A340-300 made a beautiful cross-wind landing there, kicking the crab out with a little cross control to keep the wings level and the aircraft from drifting off centerline.

Perfecto.

Notice how low the wings are situated on the A340’s fuselage, and how much lower the bottom of the engine nacelles are. This requires the pilot to keep the wings as level as possible so nothing strikes the ground right before landing. On smaller or high wing planes, a wing down into the wind approach can be used instead of a crab, this is called a side-slip. Side-slip approaches can end with only one side of the aircraft’s gear touching down first, and its wing still drooped into the wind. As the aircraft slows, the wing can be raised and the landing gear on the other side of the aircraft can touch down safely.


EDIT: Direct Link to Youtube video





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Reply Airbus Makes Beautiful Crosswind Landing At The End Of The World (Original post)
MicaelS Aug 2015 OP
denbot Aug 2015 #1
Scuba Aug 2015 #2
progressoid Aug 2015 #3
Laffy Kat Aug 2015 #4
CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2015 #5
Divernan Aug 2015 #6
JayhawkSD Aug 2015 #7
Divernan Aug 2015 #8
MicaelS Aug 2015 #9
1monster Aug 2015 #10
trof Aug 2015 #11
trof Aug 2015 #12
BlueEye Aug 2015 #13
Gumboot Aug 2015 #14
Xipe Totec Aug 2015 #15
trusty elf Aug 2015 #16
MicaelS Aug 2015 #17
3catwoman3 Aug 2015 #18

Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 09:52 PM

1. That's some piloting.

I'm not a good areo passenger, and would have had a death grip in my armrests as we came in.

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 10:01 PM

2. Nicely done.

 

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 10:22 PM

3. Damn.

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 11:54 PM

4. We called it crabbing and would do it frequently in gliders.

It becomes second nature. God, I miss soaring.

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 12:36 AM

5. Greatest Page for this thrilling landing!

Wow.

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 08:57 AM

6. Thrilling. Can you give a link w/out the R's political ad against the Iran deal?

I clicked on it to see what it would say, and I totally disagree with it, so I don't want to share the link of this great landing with friends when this ad comes with it. Can't believe there's really a Senator named "Flake"! (googled to find Jeff Flake, R-Arizona)


Call Senator
Flake
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Billions of dollars of sanctions relief awarded to Iran, the largest state sponsor of terrorism
Lifted arms embargo for Iran that allow them to export weapons in a dangerous region
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Response to Divernan (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 11:35 AM

7. You can use the YouTube link

 

It is in the video itself, in the lower right corner. Clike on the YouTube logo and it will take you to the YouTube page.

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Response to JayhawkSD (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 11:36 AM

8. Thanks!

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Response to Divernan (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 12:43 PM

9. Sorry, I use AdBlock, so I did not see any ads when I did the OP. n/t

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 05:42 PM

10. Wow!

Note to self: Never, ever plan on landing at Ushuaia International Airport in Argentina... (Wonder what the take-offs are like?)

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 05:57 PM

11. Boy, that brings back some memories.

30 knot crosswind.
Crab into the wind to maintain a straight track over the ground.
All lined up with the runway, the nose is pointing 30 degrees to the right.
Tracking straight down the approach path.

Crab, crab, crab, crab, and THEN, just at the instant the main gear touches, kick out the crab with just enough left rudder, deploy the spoilers to kill lift, and let inertia take you straight down the runway.
Reverse thrust, brakes.
Heave a sigh of relief and turn off on the taxiway.

Been there, done that.
And every time you think "OK, I still got it."

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 06:21 PM

12. Hmmm...Just wondering. Was it autopilot? Or human skill?

Ya never know with Airbus.

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Response to trof (Reply #12)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 11:56 PM

13. A little of both.

Mostly human, since autoland is not approved for stiff crosswind landings. That being said, since the Airbus is fly-by-wire, the aircraft's computer is constantly coordinating the rudder movements with the pilots' control inputs to the ailerons and elevators.

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 09:25 AM

14. Amazing piloting skills, in those conditions.

Looks like a very narrow runway, and that's a super-sized jet they're landing. I'd have chickened out, and gone around again.

Imagine the lateral forces on the main gear as they touch down at such a crazy sideways angle...


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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 06:08 PM

15. Masterful. nt

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Sat Aug 15, 2015, 04:26 AM

16. I just noticed the fourth set of wheels

between the landing gear under the wings.

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Response to trusty elf (Reply #16)

Sat Aug 15, 2015, 02:25 PM

17. Yes, I noticed that, too.

I wasn't aware of that (single centerline gear) on any modern commercial jet.

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Sat Aug 15, 2015, 10:59 PM

18. My retired pilot husband flew the...

...Airbus 320 for his last years at United. He also has landed at this airport, many year's ago, during a special side job flying Liz Claiborne's Gulfstream.

He enjoyed watching this.

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