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Old 28th Nov 2013, 14:37
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3 Point
 
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To maintain track in a crosswind you need to turn to a heading such that your heading plus the drift equals your track. You would then be flying in balance (ball in the middle) and travelling in the desired direction across the ground.

If you are talking about the specific case of tracking the runway centreline on finals with a crosswind you can either turn into wind and fly the approach with the aeroplane in balance tracking the runway centreline or you can use rudder to point the nose straight down the centreline (aircraft heading equals runway axis) and then apply bank into wind to make the aeroplane sideslip at a sufficient rate to match the crosswind and cancel its effect. The first option is normally known as the "crab technique" and the second is the "wing down method"; both are valid and have their merits but I'm not getting into that debate just now

Happy landings

3 Point

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